The Chinese Restaurant in America An exhibit in New York shows the restaurant business as an economic and social necessity for immigrants. Cynthia Lee, curator of the exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, leads a tour.
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The Chinese Restaurant in America

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The Chinese Restaurant in America

The Chinese Restaurant in America

The Chinese Restaurant in America

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Selling Chow Mein

Hawkers of Chinese food brands emphasized humor, often based on stereotypes:

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A Menu Sampler

Three menus from the exhibit:

Chinese food has been a feature of American life since the 19th century. An exhibit in New York's Chinatown makes clear that the Chinese restaurant was an economic and social necessity for Chinese immigrants.

Cynthia Lee, curator of the exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, takes Jacki Lyden on a tour.