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Opinion: Like other Asian cuisines, Chinese food in the U.S. is changing to satisfy demands for cultural authenticity

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ouston-based writer Bo Kim notes the explosion of "authentic" Asian restaurants in his city and the country, and offers three explanations for the change: Authenticity has become a "surrogate for unfamiliar, exciting flavors" and, for better or worse, symbolizes the exoticness of Asia; more and wealthier immigrants and their children have enlarged the customer base; and restaurants have figured out that upscale presentation can help people feel more comfortable eating "exotic" foods.
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Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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