General Tso’s Chicken has become a staple of American dining; a dish that, were it not for pizza, could be crowned the most popular ethnic food item in the country. And it’s a total cash cow. The dish is carried in most of the 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States, produced very cheaply, and sold for about $10 a pop, resulting in billions of dollars in tasty revenue.
Some notable history in this fascinating article: Apparently the Chinese food industry was first borne of the Chinese Exclusion Act, an infamous 19th century anti-immigration law which forced many Chinese immigrants out of the labor force. Self-employment became a necessity, and immigrants moved away from the West Coast partly to avoid persecution.(via shortformblog)
The more you know ::comet::
Today marks the 108th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire, a devastating event that nearly destroyed the city and resulted in the indefinite closure of our sister institution the @deyoungmuseum. Photographer Arnold Genthe was on the ground and captured on film the devastation, which can now be seen thanks to the incredible efforts paper conservation team made to restore Genthe’s original glass negatives. Learn more in this archived blog post.
Arnold Genthe (American, 1869–1942). Untitled (Earthslip on San Francisco’s Union Street), 1906. Cellulose nitrate negative. Museum purchase, James D. Phelan Bequest Fund. 1943.407.6.1
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
Mr. David Owens-Hill-Golightly, traveling
This New York vacation has commenced.
I only drink champagne on two occasions. When I am in love, and when I am not.