Ruth Lee, an American woman of Chinese ancestry who works as a hostess at a Chinese restaurant, displays the flag of the Republic of China while she sunbathes on the beach so that other beach-goers do not mistake her for Japanese in the days following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay and the U.S. declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 15 December 1941.
There is no feeling quite like picking up a fresh dumpling on the verge of bursting out of its semi-transluscent skin and nibbling a small hole in the skin to suck out the devilishly good filling: orgasmic. And while it’s a big wide world of dumplings out there, the crabby goodness of 小笼包 (xiǎolóngbāo) is surely king in the dumpling stakes.
Literally “small steaming basket buns”, xiǎolóngbāo is not your average dumpling. This type of bun bears the typical characteristics of Jiangnan (immediate south of the lower reaches of Yangtze River) cuisine, boasting intricate folds, a delicate size, the softest yet juicy texture, and an incredible explosion of salacious flavors. Whether it’s pork, bamboo shoots, or shrimp, the filling is always minced to ensure softness and saturation, epitomizing the Jiangnan taste.
"Since the late 1930s, Chinese men have been playing nine-man, their own intense and dynamic variation of volleyball, in the streets, alleys and parking lots of Chinatown. What began as a way for restaurant and laundry workers to escape backbreaking work and broader social hostility has turned into a cult sport played by Americans and Canadians of Chinese descent celebrating the grit of their roots."
You helped build Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s latest digital exhibition, A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, and the results are stunning.
Vincent Chin (1955 – 1982) was a Chinese American man who was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime in Detroit.
Ronald Ebens, a Chrysler plant superintendent, and his stepson, Michael Nitz, fought with Chin outside a Detroit bar and reportedly shouted “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work.” The fact that Chin was a Chinese American was apparently of little consequence to Ebens and Nitz, who had connected Japan’s recent global dominance in auto manufacturing to their own economic woes.
The men attacked Chin with a baseball bat, delivering several blows to his head, hard enough that Chin fell into a coma, and four days later he died.
The Asian American community expressed outrage when the two men were received lenient sentencing for the crime. The men pleaded to manslaughter, which was reduced from the original charge of second-degree murder, and they were ultimately sentenced to only three years of probation and fined $3,000.
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