Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Chinese & Chosen Christmas

Just read Grub Guide's Nine Nontraditional Places to Eat Great Chinese Food on Christmas where they featured our Jimmy Chin's restaurant Chin Chin.

Here are some other places you you can be Chinese & Chosen this Christmas:

Fatty Crab

643 Hudson Street
New York
(212) 352-3590

2170 Broadway
New York
(212) 496-2722

At both locations in the east and the west, enjoy Fatty Crab's "homage to an age-old NYC tradition of enjoying Chinese food on Christmas." Get dishes like whole fried snapper with garlic sauce, pork spare ribs and their famous chili crab.

Kutsher's Tribeca
186 Franklin St.
nr. Greenwich St.
For $39, you can a 3 course price fix meal with offerings such as Steamed Pastrami Bun, Char Sui Glazed Salmon and Mrs K's Matzo Ball Wonton Soup.

Mile End
97A Hoyt St. in Brooklyn
nr. Atlantic Ave.

For $50, you get Mile End's version of a "traditional Jewish Christmas" which includes beef noodle hot pot, pupu platter and peking duck.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nicole's Hanukkah party

On Sunday I went to my Hebrew school's Hanukkah party. The party was from 1-3 in the afternoon. There were around 35 people. People brought Jewish food like whitefish salad and bagels. There was also pasta salad, fruit, cupcakes and cookies. We all sang songs to celebrate the holiday. My family also learned some really cool things when we were talking with the other guests. One thing I learned is that secular Jews do not believe they are the “chosen” people. My school is a secular humanistic Hebrew school. One man, Bennett, who spoke Yiddish, told us how interesting Yiddish language can be. He also talked about how in the 1930s and 40s Yiddish media was very popular on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. In fact, that is where my Chinese grandfather grew up speaking Yiddish with his neighbors!
One of my teachers, Paula, told me how much she likes Allen Ginsberg’s poetry. I am writing my graduation paper about him and Robert Frank. But before I start writing the paper, I will be celebrating Hanukah with my family.
Until next time, Nicole

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Meet Nicole

Meet Nicole, ChineseandChosen’s new contributing writer.

Nicole is a Chinese Jew preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. The big day will be on October 6, 2012 at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, NJ. Over the next 10 months, ChinseandChosen will take you through her journey. We’ll have coverage of her studying Hebrew, selecting her Bat Mitzvah dress, writing her speech and much more.
Stay tuned and check back often!

Here’s a short introduction to Nicole:

Name: Nicole Chan Ostrow
Chinese name: Chen Lan Chun
Hebrew name: Daphna
Birthdate: October 4th
Age: 12
Favorite Color: Blue
Hobbies: making jewlery, modern dance and photography.
Favorte food: Chinese jelly fish and smoked salmon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Woks and Lox

As I've explained in the food section of @ChineseandChosen, eating Chinese is a part of daily life and self-identity for millions of New York Jews. That is especially true during the holiday season. That's why I'm thrilled to find Woks and Lox a project that seeks to bring a little of the holiday spirit for those who don't necessarily celebrate Christmas.
Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, December 24th
Location: Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway in Astoria, NY
Dinner: 5-7pm
Party: 7-9pm
Chef: Chichi Wang

This is no ordinary dinner party. Woks and Lox promises a Chinese auction, Mah Jong, a Bar Mitzvah-esque sign-in board and "lots more Jewish and Asian-inspried fun."

Sounds like a good time. See you there!

Monday, September 26, 2011

One Answer to Adoption’s Difficult Questions: NYT

Just read an amazing story in the New York Times about a mother's journey back to China to find the truth about her adopted daughter's past.
Check it out here:
One Answer to Adoption’s Difficult Questions

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One Roof, Three Generations

There's nothing new about this story, but I still love the use of multimedia in this NYT piece about three generations of a Chinese family living all in the same Chinatown building.


Meet Xiaoming, a 29 year old young lady with a very interesting ChineseandChosen story. She was born in Shanghai and moved to the US at age nine. Xiaoming recently discovered that her family has a Jewish ancestor through her maternal line. Digging through
history she has started a blog to trace her heritage, while working to promote cultural understanding between Chinese and Jews.

You can check out her blog and follow her journey here.
Thanks to Davi Cheng, Be’chol Lashon's Los Angeles Regional Director, for the connection.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chinese Jews Face Existential Questions: WSJ

Thanks to my friend Stephanie for sending me this link about the Kaifeng Jews in China.

WSJ: Chinese Jews Face Existential Questions

For much of the past millennium, Jews in Kaifeng— descendants of merchants who arrived here from Persia—have been struggling with an existential question: What does it mean to be Jewish?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Author Michael Levy Talks Kosher Chinese

Check out Michael Levy's journey as a member of the Peace Corps in China.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

This year's egg rolls & egg creams festival will be held on Sunday, june 12, 2011

Time: 12 to 4 PM

Location: Eldridge Street

check out our video coverage of the festival and photos.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chinese & Chosen quoted in "China Daily"

Check out this article in China Daily about Chinese and Jewish communities in New York City.