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In defense of American-Chinese Dishes


"There's nothing inauthentic about American-Chinese dishes. The bulk of them were created by Chinese people for Chinese people. These Chinese people just happened to be living outside of the mother country ... Chop suey and many of the other American-Chinese basics that we know today weren't created to satisfy the supposedly inferior palates of white Americans. They were made to satisfy the cravings of 'real' Chinese people."

— Clarissa Wei, writing in a column for CNN International in defense of dishes such as orange chicken and General Tso's chicken.

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