“I am embarrassed that I have not taught Asian American film or literature in my classes before; I honestly didn’t know what was out there. The materials I’ve been exposed to in the seminar work on many levels.”
Famed restaurateur of The Mandarin Restaurant and subject of “Soul of a Banquet” discusses her past and the establishment’s early days. The film, directed by Wayne Wang, airs on PBS in May. Check local listings.
“They live in two worlds—that of their parents and grandparents, who lived in the highlands of Viet Nam but fled from government persecution for their Christian religion and desire for autonomy—and one of constant learning and adaptation to be Americans in North Carolina.”