Have You Eaten Yet?: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World

January 29, 2022|
Have You Eaten Yet?: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World by Cheuk Kwan
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From small-town Saskatchewan to Cape Town, South Africa, family-run Chinese restaurants are global icons of immigration, community and delicious food. The cultural outposts of far-flung settlers, bringers of dim sum, Peking duck and creative culinary hybrids, Chinese restaurants are a microcosm of greater social forces—an insight into time, history and place.

Author and documentarian Cheuk Kwan, a self-described “card-carrying member of the Chinese diaspora,” weaves a global narrative by linking the myriad personal stories of chefs, entrepreneurs, labourers and dreamers who populate Chinese kitchens worldwide. Behind these kitchen doors lies an intriguing paradox which characterizes many of these communities: how Chinese immigrants have resisted—or often been prevented from—complete assimilation into the social fabric of their
new homes, while the engine of their economic survival, the Chinese restaurant and its food, has become seamlessly woven into towns and cities all around the world.

An intrepid travelogue of grand vistas, adventure and serendipity, Have You Eaten Yet? charts a living atlas of the global Chinese migration, ultimately revealing how an excellent meal always tells an even better story.

Cheuk Kwan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He has also lived in the US, Saudi Arabia and Canada, and speaks English, Japanese, French and several Chinese dialects. Kwan is the co-founder of The Asianadian, a magazine dedicated to promoting Asian Canadian arts, culture and politics, and a film produc...
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Title:Have You Eaten Yet?: Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Published:January 29, 2022
Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771623155

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