New Yorkers have been obsessed with Chinese food for generations, but in recent years this obsession has hit entirely new heights. Thanks to an immigration boom and the Sichuan revolution, we now inhabit a vast empire of deliciousness, stretching from Little Neck to Bensonhurst to the East Village. How exactly did we get here?
As we near Lunar New Year, join Micropolis host Arun Venugopal and EATER NY editor Serena Dai for an evening of conversation and of course, amazing food. They and their guests will explore the early history of Chinese food in New York — starting with a cluster of restaurants around Mott Street — to the present day, when online influencers are driving traffic and new business in ways that Yelp and The New York Times could only dream of, and culinary trends emerge in China and New York almost simultaneously.
What’s more, you’ll hear directly from these digital tastemakers, restaurateurs and app developers that are often side-stepping traditional English-language press and catering directly to their Chinese(-American) customers.
Hosted by WNYC’s Arun Venugopal, Micropolis will cover new ground on race, gender, health and urban life in America with a true-to-form dedication to thoughtful perspectives and levity (because, this is quite a moment).
Whether their focus is immigration policy, so-called “identity politics”, street fashion, or food, expect Arun and his guests to dig into the nitty-gritty while staying true to what it means to be a human being today, in New York and these United States. Come one and come all — your voice will be needed.
Micropolis is part of The Greene Space’s ongoing NEXT New York Conversation series. Leadership support is provided by: