2016.037.003 Oral History Interview with Nancy Chen 2016/04
Nancy Chen, brought up in Taiwan and an immigrant to the US since 1996, speaks about the role of cooking and Chinese food in her life. She details the way Chinese food and her own journey in home cooking has played a constant role in her life as an immigrant in America while commenting on the changes Chinese food has undergone in America during her time here. Her narration contains plenty of anecdotes about her experiences with food both during her childhood and adulthood while she expresses her views on the importance of food in the family life of immigrants.

0:00 - Introduction, eating out with father and learning about different regional Chinese cuisine, mother’s home cooking (Fujian style, zongzi and noodle soup), culture of home meals, Taiwanese specialty flathead grey mullet, eating out as a family, memories of growing up (rice cakes and living by a reservoir) 访谈背景介绍,在父亲常带着她赴得饭局时品尝了中国不同地方得菜,母亲在家里做得饭(福建菜,粽子和汤面),家常菜文化,台湾特色菜乌鱼,一家去餐馆吃饭,同年记忆(糯米糍,家靠水库)

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12:52 - Coming to the US (1996) for a teaching degree, how she met her husband and settled down in Minnesota, Chinese food in America, adapting to life in America, difference between ingredients in America vs. China, moving to Naperville where there are more Chinese families, starting to replicate authentic Chinese recipes from her past. 1996年至美国修教育学历,与丈夫得初遇后在明尼苏达州住下,适应美国得生活,美国与中国做饭配料得区别,搬至Naperville后有了更多中国家庭来往,开始学习模拟记忆中得正宗中国菜

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20:12 - Recipe for cooking duck, husband helping with cooking, difficulty getting ingredients when she first moved to Naperville, learning dishes from different sources, adapting recipes to available ingredients, mixed style of cooking 鸭子得食谱,丈夫助她做饭,刚来到Naperville时很难找到许多配料,从不同得来源学习做饭,以可得得配料调整食谱,混合式烹饪

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32:01 - Memorable meals, essential ingredients in her cooking, the change in Chinese food in America, teaching how to cook Chinese food, passing on love of food to children 记忆最深得几顿饭,在美国中餐得变化,教授中餐做法,把对饮食得热爱传授予孩子

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42:34 - Change in Chinese restaurants in America, food legacy, people who influenced her cooking, food culture and immigration, memory of food vs. reality 美国中餐馆得变化,食物上希望给人留下的遗念,对她烹饪有影响得人物,食物文化与移民文化,记忆里的食物与事实上的食物

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52:10 - Some of her favorite foods (noodles, bittermelon, Chinese okra, etc.), Chinese food’s future in America, hopes for Chinese food’s influence on perceptions of Chinese people in America 她最喜欢的一些食品(面条,苦瓜,丝瓜,等等),中餐在美国的未来,希望中餐能影响到美国人对华裔的看法和印象

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