The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

  • #26 on the New York Times Best Seller List
    and featured on Colbert Report, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR stations coast to coast.

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    Pics from The Colbert Report

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Here (finally) are some pictures from The Colbert Report when I appeared on March 4, 2008. (thanks to Alexis Ohanian for taking them and for backing them up because I lost the memory card on which they were stored, so I’m actually putting them on the blog so I wont lose them.) And yes, the [...]

    Good Morning America Weekend: Fortune Cookies Aren’t Chinese

    Monday, August 25th, 2008

    Here is the Good Morning America Weekend piece that ran during the Olympics. Produced by Imtiyaz Delawala (who was on my school paper!) and correspondented by Juju Chang. Also involves Wonton Food.
    This piece that actually was initially discussed during the March release of my book. But they decided to peg it to the Olympics. It [...]

    ABC: The mystery of the fortune cookie’s history

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    Television loves fortune cookies as a result of the Beijing Olympics. I did a segment with ABC on the history of the fortune cookie with Juju Chang.
    I swear, fortune cookies and “man date” are going to be part of my obituary, or at the very least the college reunion report.
    ABC, fortune cookies, juju chang, Media [...]

    Did my Today Show (今日) hit from Beijing. Yay.

    Thursday, August 14th, 2008

    So the way they translate Today show in Chinese is 今日, which is literally “Today.” They have imported a massive operation over from New York (though only eight of their 50+ producers).

    The segment, produced by Cecilia Fang, was supposed to be a bit of a cooking demonstration. But then it rained tonight in Beijing, which [...]

    Radio: Radiowest, a one-hour interview with SLC’s NPR affiliate

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    This is my hour-long interview with Doug Fabrizio on KUER, an NPR affiliate out of Salt Lake City, for Radiowest. It’s very, very rare that someone will give you a whole hour — so I deeply appreciated the time.
    The audio file will be up for roughly three months the producer told me.
    Audio, Doug Fabrizio, KUER, [...]

    Slate tries to explain Chinese menus with me.

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    I’m interviewed for an Explainer in Slate on the Chinese menu translations by Brian Palmer, lawyer. (Explainer, incidentally, is oft edited by a classmate of mine from high school and college — Dan Engber).
    So that is my tiny appearance on Slate.
    brian palmer, dan engber, Media & Interviews, slate

    WAMU: Kojo Nnamdi Show, and musings on radio interviews

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

    I finally got my chance to appear on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU in Washington, which means that except for Chicago, I’ve been on all the major NPR markets: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia (WHYY’s building is soooo nice) + assorted markets in New Hampshire, Colorado.
    I have to say [...]

    Economist: Fortune Cookie Chronicles among top 10 selling books worldwide on China in May

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    My brother IMed me a few days ago to tell me that Fortune Cookie Chronicles was mentioned on page 96 of The Economist (subscription required) in the types of books that interest people on China. I was surprised that this far out, it even ranks internationally (even within the narrow topic of China-related), because it [...]

    LAT’s Steve Harvey on the Fortune Cookie mystery

    Sunday, June 8th, 2008

    Google alerts let me know today that Steve Harvey, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, does a whole column titled “Claims to original fortune cookies crumble under weight of research” around one of the central mysteries of my book.
    It’s one of the first times that there is an entire print piece that is neither [...]

    Library of Congress Cybercast is finally up

    Thursday, May 29th, 2008

    A bit delayed, but my first talk from my book tour is finally up. It was actually, looking back, a fantastic event to kick off my book tour. About 150 people in the middle of the day (almost all of whom I didn’t know). That and the Politics and Prose event, also ~150 people, [...]

    Charlie Rose Tomorrow is different from Tomorrow’s Charlie Rose

    Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

    I did a segment for Charlie Rose Tomorrow, which is an online-only interview done by Charlotte Morgan of younger-ish people. But a lot of people have e-mailed/IMed me congratulating me for being on tomorrow’s Charlie Rose. And I realized that they think the sement is previewing what is showing tomorrow on the television show. But [...]

    Largehearted Boy: A soundtrack for Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

    I was invited by David Gutowski to participate in his Book Notes series on the music&lit blog, Largehearted Boy (note the cute logo someone designed for him!)
    And amazingly he has compiled the most comprehensive list ever of my reviews and interviews.
    So when he first invited me after hearing about his book, I checked out his [...]

    Food Network: Online interview with the Amateur Gourment

    Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

    Here is an episode of FN Dish, the Food Network’s edgier online cousin, hosted by Adam Roberts of the Amateur Gourmet.

    Adam and I went to New York City’s Chinatown and eat my favorite buffet place on Grand Street between Chrystie and Bowery: $4 for five items! He tried pigs heart (his Jewish grandmother [...]

    What I eat…

    Sunday, April 20th, 2008

    A profile/interview of me on Midtown Lunch, which is a fun food blog. (Have I posted this before? This was in draft mode and I’m not sure why) In it, I discuss the places I like to eat in midtown, and also explain why Dubai’s food scene is awesome.
    Media & Interviews, midtown lunch

    Harvard Crimson: Q&A on The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Saturday, April 19th, 2008

    Jessica Henderson does a Q&A with me for The Harvard Crimson arts section. I remember she recorded the whole thing on her laptop with her freeware, and was very impressed. Every so often we’d have to startle the computer to make sure it didn’t go to sleep.
    jessica henderson, Media & Interviews, The Harvard Crimson

    WNYC Brian Lehrer Show

    Friday, April 18th, 2008

    I did a lovely interview on Brian Lehrer (scroll down for mp3…no permalink?) on Wednesday, right before the Asia Society talk with the Fuchsia Dunlop of Chinese cookery fine.
    Audio, brian lehrer, Media & Interviews, wnyc

    Squat Magazine Q&A, at a Vietnamese restaurant in New York’s Koreantown

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

    An interview with Shereen Low for Squat Magazine, which is an online publication focusing on Chinese-themes largely read in the UK.
    We did the interview after the Asian American Writers Workshop reading in mid-March. It was us two Chinese-ish girls and three South Asian girls at a Vietnamese restaurant in Koreatown. Very pan-A.
    Media & Interviews, Shereen [...]

    Audrey Magazine Profile: I collect toothpaste from around the world

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

    Elisa Mala wrote a nice two-page profile in Audrey Magazine [pdf] in which she interviewed my parents and numerous friends (Nolan, Sugi, Alexis) at the book party. It has a lot of detail about my family actually, and my siblings. And it mentions my hobby of collecting usual toothpaste flavors from around the world. (Coca [...]

    Why does television always want to film people walking?

    Saturday, April 12th, 2008

    I taped another television segment today, though this one is not intended for an American audience, and strictly speaking, may actually be banned from within our borders. Suffice it to stay, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles may be immortalized as part of U.S. propaganda.
    Anyway, we did (yet another) shot of me walking. Television people always seem [...]

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles quoted on Chop Suey in the New Yorker Online

    Saturday, April 12th, 2008

    A few people had passed me this little item by Andrea Thompson that ran on the New Yorker’s web site on chop suey a few weeks ago, where my book is mentioned and quoted. Exciting.

    Born in the U.S.A.
    In this week’s Tables for Two, Ligaya Mishan reviews Chop Suey, whose tongue-in-cheek name has little to do [...]

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles on CNN with Lola Ogunnaike (and a Jack-o-Melon).

    Saturday, April 12th, 2008

    CNN ran a segment on Chinese food in America by my former colleague Lola Ogunnaike. Produced by the lovely Ethel Bass. We actually filmed at an Empire Szechuan, a descendent of the original restaurant that sparked the delivery revolution. I asked Lola what was different from print and television, and one of the things [...]

    Doing an all-day radio tour…by phone

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Today I am doing an insane tour by phone set up via Newman Communications, a PR firm that specializes in (among other things) literary radio and satellite television tours. They essentially hook you up with radio programs  (mostly live, some pre-taped) coast to coast on a very tight schedule. It has to be done over [...]

    Lessons from TV

    Saturday, April 5th, 2008

    This is what I have learned over the last few weeks re television/video appearances.
    You do not dress for television the way you would dress in real life (or at least I don’t).
    For women, wear bright (but not too bright) solid colored tops: Royal blue, wine, maroon, emerald green. Pastels can be good (but not on [...]

    OC Register: confronted by a wall of me-ness

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

    Richard Chang brought me physical copies of the paper where his Q&A with me ran. I have to say, I was kind of overwhelmed with the amount of me that was on that page. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of myself that large before.

    Book Musings, Media & Interviews, Orange County Register, [...]

    Elle Magazine Readers’ Book of the Month for April

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

    Yay. Elle Magazine’s April book of the month as determined by readers. Good news. “Elle Lettres” (not Letters, as it is a play on Belles Lettres, notes my friend Michael Grynbaum). They have one pro review, and one negative review, always. I thought the criticism was interesting — on structure and juxtaposition.

    elle, elle magazine, honors [...]