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Chow Mein, Chicken Wings and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era

April 23-June 15, 2009


The Culinary Arts Museum and Brown University sponsored a 3-day series of events showcasing Asian food, from Tofu to Suckling Pig, Crayfish to MSG, with demos and tastings. There was a keynote lecture by Darra Goldstein, founding editor of GASTRONOMICA, the preeminent scholarly food journal. Students from John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities Program, mounted an exhibition at the Culinary Arts Museum on Providence's postwar Chinese restaurants, the families that founded them and the ups and downs of their enterprises.