February 13, 2015

WE'RE EVEN BETTER AT THEIR OWN FOOD:

'The Search for General Tso' movie review: The story behind America's favorite not-so-Chinese dish (Michael O'Sullivan, January 15, 2015, Washington Post)

As the movie crew travels to China searching for the culinary origins of the iconic dish and its historical namesake (sometimes known as Tsao, Chau, Gau and by many other spellings), we learn that the famous chicken dish is virtually unheard of in China.

That, of course, comes as no surprise. Most sophisticates know that American Chinese food is a cuisine unto itself. How it changed and evolved after the first wave of Chinese immigrants brought it to California around 1850 is just one of the film's several subjects, along with such broader notions as cultural assimilation and appropriation. Produced by Jennifer 8. Lee (a former Washington Post intern and author of the similarly themed book "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles"), the film brings a lively treatment to a subject that many of us take for granted.

Posted by at February 13, 2015 9:35 PM
  

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