Thursday, March 17, 2011

'Sweet & Sour' at Smithsonian

Smithsonian photo

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History opened its "Sweet & Sour" exhibition today, focusing Chinese-American history as reflected through its menus, restaurant memorabilia and signs on a chop suey journey toward assimilation.

Hawaii was one of the stops on researchers' itinerary last June. The local search included Kalihi’s Tasty Chop Suey, Waikiki’s Lau Yee Chai, and Chinatown’s Wo Fat.

The exhibit is a small one, at about 10 feet, according to Dennis Wong, son of Tasty Chop Suey’s original owner, but there are plans to increase the display to 3,000 feet and create a travelilng show of the wares.

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