DailyDirt: Hmm.That's Not Really Chinese

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The Chinese get credit for a lot of things: fireworks, the printing press, bird flu (do not want)…. But some things that everyone thinks are Chinese, aren’t really Chinese. Here are just a few examples.

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michael (profile) says:

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“Oh, and speaking of Aladdin, in the Disney version, right at the beginning, at the intro to the first song, they play a similarly-stereotyped “Arabian riff”. You know the one. Nine notes on an oboe, going up, then down, stretching out the last note.

Anyone know the origins of that bit?”

Read “Devil in the White City” — the origin of that melody is recounted there (and is very interesting!)

That One Guy (profile) says:

Fortune cookies were once sold in Japanese confectionery shops in San Francisco before WWII, but then, uh, Japanese Americans were taken away and Chinese businesses took over the fortune cookie industry.

There’s no need to sugar-coat it, and good reasons not to, just state the truth: they were ordered to abandon their homes and businesses and thrown into internment camps.

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