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