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Chinatown, It’s not Just Food

10 Apr

Producer: Mike Blockstein

Editor: David Lawrence

A Chinatown Banquet is a series of short educational films about Boston Chinatown, sparking learning and dialogue across generations, disciplines and geography.  The Banquet offers an unprecedented glimpse into the history, culture, and character of the neighborhood.  This multimedia project highlights the Asian American experience and Chinese culture in Boston and was created as an educational tool by youth in the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC or AsianCDC) Young Leaders Network (YLN) which has grown to become A-VOYCE (Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment). These “courses,” offering a rich view of the forces that shaped and continue to influence Chinatown, consist of audio and video interviews with community members and others who offer insight into specific issues, interspersed with contemporary and historic footage, images and information, music and ambient sounds. As a part of the Chinatown Heritage Project, the Banquet is a compendium of Chinatown’s history, political struggles, culture and physical environment and living conditions.


Sichuan Boiled Spicy Fish

31 Mar

I can still remember the first time I ate this dish in a Sichuan restaurant newly opened near my home.  The fish was so hot that I could not stop eating it. My family all love spicy food even though we live in Nanking where most of the people prefer sweet food. If you love this dish like me, let’s spend some time together and make the dish by ourselves.

Chinese Food You Cannot Find in China

27 Mar

It was about 8pm when I went back to home yesterday, and I really didn’t want to cook. So my boyfriend and I decided to order some food from a nearby Chinese restaurant.

We searched online with key words “Chinese food” and “Malden” because we hoped the food could keep warm when they were sent to our hands. We found a restaurant called Fuloon, and clicked the menu button. We tried to find the Chinese version menu since the English names of the dishes always make us very confusing. Unfortunately, we did not find the Chinese menu, which meat we had to order the food by guessing again. (before I came to Boston, I had expected the difficulty in ordering western food since I seldom ate it before, but I had not expected that ordering Chinese food could also be a problem.)

Besides the confusing names, we could get a surprise sometimes since the Chinese food we ordered were totally new to us. For example, General Tso’s Chicken is always listed in the popular items in a lot of Chinese restaurants. But to be honest, I really did not know what it was when the first time I saw its name. Even though I have eaten it serveral times, I am still sure that you will never find and eat it in China. In addition, I still don’t know what the egg foo young is though I have seen the name many times but never ordered it.

I think these food are the creative outcomes of early Chinese immigrants. And the major taste of these new food is sweet and sour which more fit Americans’ taste, while most dishes in China tastes salty. I know a lot of Americans like to eat Chinese food, now I finally know they like the Americanized Chinese food, rather than the authentic Chinese food. In fact, they may not like the taste of the authentic Chinese food.

Therefore, if you want to eat the authentic Chinese food abroad, you should do the homework first, to find if the restaurant keeps the risky Chinese taste food. And a tip for foreign friends, it may not be your favorite taste, but it will be an amazing experience.

General Tso’s Chicken


Tang Yuan

27 Mar

Make Tangyuan for the coming Lantern Festival and enjoy it with your family and friends!


Egg Rolls

27 Mar

Chinese healthy cook teaches you how to make egg rolls, a traditional dish for Chinese New Year. Have you eaten it today?

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