There are hundreds of Chinese restaurants in New York City, and they're only getting better.
Thank greater regional diversity of the city's immigrant communities. More discerning diners with higher standards for good food. And a growing sense of competition among restaurants to win us over. But for those of us who love digging into real Chinese food, the question remains: Where should I eat?
Let this be your guide. From palatial banquet halls to noodle-slinging dives, the 60-plus recommendations below should cover most of your Chinese food cravings. Dig right in, or use the table of contents at the top of the page to jump to noodle and dumpling specialists, sweet destinations, dim sum parlors, and then some. By Max Falkowitz February 16, 2015
This is an important read and a more complete response to the The New York Times Magazine article "Why a Generation of Adoptees is Returning to South Korea." Thanks to my friend Brittany Levinson for giving us powerful insight and more nuanced balanced view of the issue.
A Saga Comes to an End: From the Horse's Mouth on Korean Adoption
Pediatrician and CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation
For the past 19 days, I have been so confused and angry about the one-sided article "Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea" by Maggie Jones, published in the New York Times magazine section on January 14, 2015. I wrote a 100 word letter to the editor, which was published on February 1, 2015 in the NY Times in which I was able to express an intelligent opinion about one perspective that I thought was missing in the story. I focused on how adoption is not the fix for the millions of orphans in the world and reinforced the responsibility of communities and governments abroad to create new models of care to help abandoned children survive and thrive in the future.
The article depicts a very tiny minority of Korean adoptees who have left their American families to live in South Korea. There are no interviews of adoptees who have not gone back to South Korea and there were no other perspectives or research cited about adoption to help shed some light on the complex issues about abandoned children, orphans, and adoption in general.
Thousands of people have written to the New York Times and reached out to Facebook and other forms of social media and hundreds of families who I served as an adoption medicine specialist have called or written to me in tears with anger, panic, and distress about the future of their adopted children, not just Korean adoptees, but adoptees from many countries. I continued to be baffled by the article and I have not slept or found comfort in this almost three weeks because it seemed as if after 30 years of growing understanding of adoption, it was all lost in a poorly conceived and irresponsible journalistic moment.
I have written thousands of words over the last few weeks searching to settle down and find a way to express my anger and the upset of so many in the adoption community, but this went no where. I wrote aimlessly and unintelligibly and even though I asked a brilliant writer who has five adopted children from Bulgaria and Ethiopia to help me, she failed to be able to edit my work. She did however inform me kindly and humorously, that my writing was miserable and useless. She took a stab at editing, but upon reading her poetry, I felt that the heart of the matter was still not unveiled. I almost gave up, but then as always, destiny entered into my life and this is what happened.
Last night at a wee hour, Brittany Levinson, who is a Korean adoptee, and who was a long time New Yorker before moving to Singapore in 2011 with her husband and family, called me to just "catch up." We were on the phone for an hour, but not for the purpose of reviewing this article. We were planning how Brittany wanted to support Worldwide Orphans this summer as she did last summer, for our "Night of 1000 Dinners" and we also spoke of her three children and my two children. We caught up on how life was going in Singapore. We spoke about what friends speak about, including how I unicate with her and everyone more conveniently at no cost. Then Brittany asked me what I thought of "the article" and for 30 minutes she told me what she thought.
She has a lot in common with Laura Klunder. Brittany once lived in Bisabel Baby Home, an orphanage in Korea until age 3. At the time she spoke fluent Korean and she too boarded a Korean Airlines flight direct to Chicago's O'Hare Airport with escorts provided by Holt agency. She stayed in contact with these escorts while growing up. Brittany also lived in the rural area of Franklin, Wisconsin and attended Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. As a child she too heard taunts about her eye shape and race. In the 1970's she was one of only a small handful of minority children in the local area. Brittany also attended University of Wisconsin and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
She was passionate and reflective as she worked to drill down her thoughts and I will share them in a recollection on Huffington Post. I believe that her insights are crucial and it confirms for all of us how the article did such an injustice from a simple journalistic construct - the need for commitment to the many aspects and points of view that are so essential to any story. The one-sided story is never a good moment for a journalist or a newspaper and it can victimize and hurt many people and it casts great mistrust on the media that supports such poor practice. We cannot afford to be lazy when we write any story, simple or otherwise.
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Celebrating the Lion Dance Great Photos:
By Andrew Boryga
Southern Chinese lion dancing comes from an ancient tale: Terrorized by a mythical monster, a horde of villagers descended from the mountains and huddled under an enormous monster of their own in an attempt to repel the beast. Year after year, to the accompaniment of firecracker bursts and drums, the ritual is repeated as protection against evil spirits. At least that’s one version.
For him, lion dancing was an easy transition from martial arts, and from middle school to college. He was a regular practitioner of the quick-footed routine performed under heavy and intricate costumes. Like most lion dancers, he took to the stage during anniversaries, birthdays, store openings and parades for celebrations like the Chinese New Year, Feb. 19 this year.
While studying at the International Center of Photography last year, Mr. Lam decided to step outside the lion costume to view the tradition he said serves as a hinge between his Asian ancestry and American upbringing. Friends in San Francisco, where Mr. Lam is from, put him in touch with the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute in Manhattan. There, he spent nine months documenting a brotherhood of young martial arts enthusiasts and performers expressing their heritage.
“You’re one person at home with a Chinese name and another person outside with an English name,” Mr. Lam said. His portfolio from this time, “Inside the Lion,” captures dancers, most of them first-generation Chinese-Americans, training, performing and interacting in vivid garb with an American landscape that often stands in stark contrast.
“Lion dancing is our way of not only paying tribute to this ancient culture,” Mr. Lam said. “It is also our chance to hold on to the past while living in the present.”
Maggie Jones discusses her latest story in The New York Times Magazine, "Why A Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea." Jones profiles several adults who were born in South Korea, but do not speak Korean fluently and have no memories of the country, because they were part of the 200,000 Korean children who were adopted by families abroad over the past sixty years.
Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea
By MAGGIE JONES
JAN. 14, 2015
Laura Klunder’s newest tattoo runs down the inside of her left forearm and reads “K85-160,” a number that dates to her infancy. Klunder was 9 months old when her South Korean mother left her at a police station in Seoul. The police brought her to Holt Children’s Services, a local adoption agency, where a worker assigned Klunder the case number K85-160. It was only two weeks into 1985, but she was already the 160th child to come to the agency that month, and she would go on to be one of 8,800 children sent overseas from South Korea that year. Klunder became part of the largest adoption exodus from one country in history: Over the past six decades, at least 200,000 Korean children — roughly the population of Des Moines — have been adopted into families in more than 15 countries, with a vast majority living in the United States.
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