Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Monday, June 24, 2024

Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) examines a central image of Chinese American life – the Chinese restaurant, in Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant in America, an exhibit that caps the Museum’s food and restaurant-themed season. Often the first introduction to Chinese culture for many Americans, the Chinese restaurant has functioned since the nineteenth century as a site of cultural exchange. Have You Eaten Yet? traces the Chinese restaurant’s origin and growth in America, and explores how these cultural negotiations have been made over time. It takes a revealing look at Young Entrepreneur perceptions and expectations through historical menu collections, travel diary entries, and Chinese food myths.

“Have you eaten yet,” is a standard Chinese greeting sharing the same connotation as “how are you?” Its incorporation into the daily vernacular attests to the significance of food in the Chinese culture, where meals are a fusion of art and entertainment and a venue for dialogue and reconnecting with family, friends and guests. MoCA’s exhibit similarly melds food, art and dialogue with an engaging design by graphic artist team Pei Hsieh and Stephanie Reyer. Hsieh and Reyer team with curators Cynthia Lee and Yong Chen to examine the saga of Chinese restaurants through an impressive collection of menus, objects and souvenirs, many of which are from the collection of Harley Spiller.

The exhibit is organized by thematic progression, spanning the earliest “chow chow” restaurants of the West in the mid-1800s; to the nightclub dinner shows of the 1940s; through President Nixon’s visit to China renewing interest in “authentic” Chinese cuisine in the 1970s; up through the take-out culture of today. Visitors will be able to hear vintage radio commercials and excerpts of pop hits that have immortalized Chinese dishes like chop suey and chow mein. Items like menus, glassware and postcards show how Chinese food entrepreneurs have employed exoticism and the ignorance of the curious consumer to attract business. Responding to a call for stories and photographs, families and employees have submitted their own intimate portraits of working in Chinese restaurants and are sharing these revealing narratives in Have You Eaten Yet?

In conjunction with Have You Eaten Yet?, MoCA will hold related programming through June 2005. This includes screenings of Chinese Restaurants, a thirteen-part documentary series by Canadian filmmaker Cheuk Kwan. The documentary takes Kwan to restaurants around the globe, bringing the audience into the lives of extraordinary families as they share moving stories of struggle, courage, displacement and belonging, and what it means to be “Chinese” today. Screenings will be held in September, November, January, March and May around New York City. MoCA will also co-sponsor a program with the New York University Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute on October 2nd, 2004 featuring chef/food writer Grace Young and photographer Alan Richardson. Their new book The Breath of a Wok chronicles their journey to China to uncover the history and modernization of the wok – the workhorse of the Chinese kitchen. The program will be held at the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute, New York University, 269 Mercer Street, Suite 609.

Today's News

October 13, 2020

An ephemeral village attests to the strategies of the Frankish conquests

Chinatown museum gets grant after fire

Lyon & Turnbull auction celebrates the best of European design at Modern Made

Sotheby's to offer an ultra-rare Russian Pink Diamond this autumn

Phillips presents 'Keith Haring: Falling Up' at K11 MUSEA

Niño de Elche's new project based on Val del Omar's work now on view at Museo Reina Sofía

Wellcome Collection is reopen and asks the question 'What does it mean to be human, now?'

Winners of £200,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020 unveiled

Broadway will be a while. These venues say they're ready now.

ITALICS Art and Landscape: The new digital platform to discover Italian excellence

Swann's American Art sale delivers 15 new records

Karsten Schubert London opens an exhibition of new paintings by Kirsten Glass

Columbia Museum of Art adds 5 works by African American artists to collection

Grazer Kunstverein opens "Emma Wolf-Haugh: Domestic Optimism"

Gwendolyn Perry Davis named Sr. Director of Operations at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

'If no tourists come, I have no business': New York's tourism crisis

Fotomuseum in Maastricht presents 'This is my Church'

Opening dates announced for Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Mel Getlan collection is star attraction of Morphy's Oct. 29-31 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction

'Daleside: Static Dreams' by Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Lindokuhle Sobekwa to be published in November

Watts Gallery Trust receives lifeline grant from £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Photographer's Gallery opens the first major retrospective of Sunil Gupta

Petzel Gallery opens a solo exhibition of new paintings and their corresponding drawings by Stefanie Heinze

The Chrysler Museum celebrates the power of community with collection-based exhibition

What are vinyl Records made of?

Why You Should Be Using Eco Friendly Toilet Paper

Have You Eaten Yet?: The Chinese Restaurant

Marketing: the keys to success in the business sector

Create A Ceiling Decor You Can Be Proud Of

How to be good at poetry?

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful