Chinese and Other Ethnic Food in the U.S.
So OK. I ask my friends, what kind of food do you like? They'll make remarks like:
I like Mexican.
I like Thai.
I like Chinese.
I like Indian.
Well and good. But what do you think? At my job, we would have visiting scientists spend some time working with us, often months to a year or two. We had a doctor of electrical engineering visit from "communist" China. A nice guy. In fact, I used to teach him the Bible. He enjoyed it considerably.
Came the day when the job took him out to lunch. What seemed like a bit of stereotyping, we all went to Dragon Lady for Chinese food. Now that food was quite good, for you see, I like Chinese. But I was itching to know what Dr. Liu thought of it?
Finally I was able to ask him. He replied, "Uh, very good... but not Chinese."
Later, Dr. Mung joined us at the job. He invited me and the wife and kids to his house. Yes, he was from "communist" China as well. He offered us a lovely meal of Chinese food. REAL Chinese food, which incorporated some new ingredients I'd never heard of, like "Wood Ear." DELICIOUS! Now this was Chinese!
It's good to realize that, by and large, the ethnic foods we are served in the U.S. aren't true ethnic foods at all, but American food passed off as ethnic food. I never pride myself on being a sophisticate because I eat "foreign" food. I wish they WOULD serve us the real thing.
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