By Alec Kong

Think of Chinese food and for most Americans, artfully arranged platters of Peking Duck come to mind, or perhaps the ubiquitous Kung Pao chicken or chow mein. Although only a small percentage of Americans are of Chinese descent, there are more Chinese restaurants in the United State’s than major fast food joints combined. This means that for most Americans, food is the most immediate avenue from which an acceptance or even an appreciation of Chinese culture occurs.

Food is inherently personal, and embedded within each culture’s cuisine is its story. We value food for sustenance as well…

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