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THREE GENERATIONS OF PIGGING OUT

AS TOLD BY ANGELA WEN


I LOVE FOOD. CHINESE FOOD IN PARTICULAR. BUT WHAT DOES “CHINESE FOOD” MEAN FOR IMMIGRANTS, FIRST-GENERATION, OR SECONDGENERATION CHINESE PEOPLE IN AMERICA? THESE COMICS EXPLORES ONE VERSION OF THE CHINESE-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. ALL STORIES ARE TRUE AND PRESENTED TO THE BEST OF MY MEMORY. THIS BOOK BY NO MEANS DEFINES THE MULTITUDE OF IDENTITIES AND STORIES OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CHINESE-AMERICAN.


INTRODUCING...

LITTLE PIG

BIG PIG

CHELSEY WEN AKA “CHUBS”

ANGELA WEN AKA

10 YEARS OLD, BORN IN THE

21 YEARS OLD, BOR

U.S.A. & SMARTER THAN YOU

CAME TO THE U.S.

THINK SHE IS

SKEPTICAL, INQUI

SLIGHTLY EMBARR MOTHER


MAMA PIG

A “TANGIE”

LAN LIN AKA “MOMMY”

RN IN CHINA,

46 YEARS OLD, BORN IN CHINA,

. AT 5 YRS OLD.

CAME TO THE U.S. AT 29 YRS

ISITIVE, AND

OLD.OPINIONED AND OFTEN

RASSED BY HER

HEARD SPEAKING IN A LOUD VOICE (BUT SHE’S NOT MAD 80% OF THE TIME, DON’T WORRY)


W

BE

YES, I DO LIKE BEANS, BUT ONLY FOR DESSERT.


WHY DO

BEANS SO

WHY DO YOU HATE BEANS SO MUCH?

WHY DO YOU HATE

I EAT BEANS IN

EANS SO MUCH?

MY DESSERTS.


DO YOU THINK FORTUNE COOKIES ARE REALLY A CHINESE THING?

ACTUALLY, THEY ARE ORIGINALLY JAPANESE.

NO.

WELL, I KNEW THEY DEFINITELY WEREN’T CHINESE.

DOYOU YOUTHINK THINKFORTUNE FORTUNE DO COOKIESARE AREREALLY REALLYAA COOKIES REALLY? WHERE DO YOU CHINESETHING? THING? CHINESE THINK THEY COME FROM?

ACTUALLY,THEY THEYARE ARE ACTUALLY, HOW DOJAPANESE. YOU ORIGINALLY JAPANESE. ORIGINALLY KNOW THAT?

THE TIME I TRIED TO OUTSMART CHELSEY

NO. NO.

WELL,I IKNEW KNEWTHEY THE WELL, DEFINITELY WEREN DEFINITELY WEREN’T CHINESE PEOPLE CHINESE. CHINESE. DON’T EAT COOKIES.


EY Y N’T T

.

DOYOU YOUTHINK THINKFORTUNE FORTUNE DO COOKIESARE AREREALLY REALLYAA COOKIES CHINESETHING? THING? CHINESE

NO. NO.

I THINK SOME AMERICAN OR CHINESE PERSON MAKES REALLY?WHERE WHEREDO DOYOU YOU REALLY? THEM SO THAT THEY CAN WELL,I KNEW I KNEWTHEY THEY WELL, THINK THEYTHEY COME FROM? THINK THEY COME FROM? ACTUALLY, ARE ACTUALLY, THEY ARE WRITE FAKE FORTUNES AND DEFINITELYWEREN’T WEREN’T DEFINITELY ORIGINALLYJAPANESE. JAPANESE. SELL THEM. ORIGINALLY CHINESE. CHINESE.

HOWDO DOYOU YOU HOW KNOWTHAT? THAT? KNOW

CHINESEPEOPLE PEOPLE CHINESE HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DON’TEAT EATCOOKIES. COOKIES. DON’T A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE IN CHINA?

DO YOU THINK FORTUNE COOKIES ARE REALLY A REALLY?WHERE WHERE DO YOU REALLY? CHINESE THING? DO YOU THINKTHEY THEYCOME COMEFROM? FROM? THINK

NO.

THINKSOME SOMEAMERICAN AMERICANOR OR I ITHINK CHINESEPERSON PERSONMAKES MAKES CHINESE THEMSO SOTHAT THATTHEY THEYCAN CAN THEM WELL, I KNEW THEY ACTUALLY, THEY ARE WRITEFAKE FAKEFORTUNES FORTUNESAND AND WRITE DEFINITELY WEREN’T CHINESEPEOPLE PEOPLE HOWDO DOYOU YOU CHINESE ORIGINALLY JAPANESE. HOW SELLTHEM. THEM. SELL CHINESE. DON’TEAT EATCOOKIES. COOKIES. KNOWTHAT? THAT? DON’T KNOW

HAVEYOU YOUEVER EVERSEEN SEEN HAVE CHOCOLATECHIP CHIP AACHOCOLATE COOKIEIN INCHINA? CHINA? COOKIE


MMM... MMM... WHAT’S WHAT’S COOKIN? COOKIN?

SOMETHING SOMETHING DELICICIOUS. DELICICIOUS. SOMETHING SOMETHING VERY VERY SPICY! SPICY!


YES. YES. HELLO? HELLO? I THINK I THINK THERE THERE MIGHT MIGHT BEBE A GAS A GAS LEAK LEAK NEXT NEXT DOOR. DOOR. SOMETHING SOMETHING SMELLS SMELLS OFF. OFF.

ALMOST ALMOST READY! READY! I’MI’M SOSO HUNGRY!! HUNGRY!!

EXCUSE EXCUSE ME,ME, IS IS THERE THERE A A PROBLEM PROBLEM HERE, HERE, MA’AM? MA’AM?


THIS IS NOT THE END


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