What's a Wok? The Evolution of Chinese Food in America
Chinese food first became popular in America under the shadow of violence against Chinese aliens. In her book Chow Chop Suey, Anne Mendelson traces the introduction of an altered Cantonese cuisine to white Americans by poor Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush.
The Battle Over Authentic Chinese Food
[audio mp3="https://heritageradionetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/The-Battle-Over-Authentic-Chinese-Food.mp3"][/audio] Critics claim that outside influences and innovations are making Chinese cuisine lose its culinary authenticity. But what exactly makes a dish Chinese and can innovation exist alongside tradition? Is there only one right way to make Chinese food? Listen in as Heritage Radio intern Hunter Lu tackles this subject with Chef Jonathan Wu and Chinese cookbook author Kian Lam Kho.