Wednesday 21st February 2018,

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New York’s Chief Fortune Cookie Writer Retiring

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Fortune CookieBy Minnie Roh
Asian American Life

No Chinese meal is complete without the satisfying crunch of the fortune cookie and the nuggets of wisdom inside.  But for those of you who think the fortune cookie is just a cookie, you’ll be surprised to learn that there’s a fascinating history behind the cookie and the slips of fortunes inside.


Watch the latest episode of Asian American Life where we take you behind the scenes at one of the largest fortune cookie factories in the country, which churns out close to 5 million cookies a day.


You’ll discover that contrary to popular belief, the fortune cookie may not even be Chinese at all.  Find out how the Japanese Internment played a huge role in making the fortune cookie a Chinese after dinner treat, and how the Koreans also played a part, making the fortune cookie truly a pan-Asian delight.


Plus, you’ll never guess the real reason why the former Chief Fortune Cookie Writer at Wonton Food, Inc – yes that’s an actual job – is hanging up his hat.


“He’s been having more writer’s block,” said James Wong of Wonton Food, Inc.


Watch our story for more on the iconic cookie:

Watch our complete April show featuring an update on Filipino American war veterans and the promises made by the U.S. government; an interview with the Min Jin Lee, the author of one of the hottest books of the year, Pachinko; and host Ernabel Demillo interview with Eva Noblezada, the young Broadway star recently nominated for her role as Kim, in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

Asian American Life, is a 5-time Emmy nominated magazine show produced by CUNY-TV.  AAL airs monthly on CUNY-TV in New York, and in syndication on NYC Life, Channel 25 and on PBS stations across the United States.

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