It's always a bit of a kick when you see someone you know on TV. It's exponentially more awesome when it's two unrelated people you know. Long-time readers of this blog will be familiar with the close relationship I have with Yong Chen, Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and my mentor in all things food. Some of our past is detailed in:
Clarissa Wei, Chinese American food blogger and freelance journalist. So, I was blown away when both Yong and Clarissa popped up in this CCTV America segment on Chinese culture and heritage that aired in February. While Yong and Clarissa only had enough time to cover the topic of Chinese food as cultural identity in broad strokes, they did a really fine job of condensing a complicated discussion into digestible tidbits.
To learn more about Chinese cultural identity in America, read either of Yong's fine books:
- Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
- Chinese San Francisco, 1850-1943: A Trans-Pacific Community (Asian America)