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Conversation Kitchen with Professor Yong Chen

American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country's most popular ethnic cuisine. Professor Yong Chen’s book Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America and Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History, offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American gastronomic landscape and turned the country into an empire of consumption. At this event, Professor Chen and Chef Jessica Van Roo will share recipes and the history behind them.

Co-sponsored by the UCI Libraries, Illuminations, and the Campus Climate Council.

This is event is free and open to the public but registration is required. For questions, please contact the UCI Libraries Communications and Events teams at or 949-824-5300. A zoom link will be emailed to registered participants.

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Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Health/Wellness, Campus Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, Special Events, Speakers


Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Graduate Students



Free, registration required.

Humanities, UCI Libraries

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UCI Libraries, UCI Illuminations, Campus Council On Climate

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