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By Chris Buswell | The Intersection of Eastern and Western Cultures

McDonald’s Japan Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Happy Meal

Posted at 09:20h in Food + Drink, What's New by Chris 0 Comments<p>In celebration of he 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonald’s Japan has …

McDonald's

San Jose Japantown empty lot is bought by builder that plans 520 apartments, retail

SAN JOSE — A large empty lot in San Jose’s Japantown district has been bought by a top-notch residential builder, Shea Properties, which said …

Real Estate

A son echoes his father’s questions about identity in Japan

"Russo-Japanese" Chuk Besher spent years researching Japan's multicultural history. Much later, son Noah, 8, had a question: "What does 'half' mean?"

Multiculturalism

Another Tokyo Ramen Chain Steams Up Midtown Starting Wednesday

Tonchin makes its own noodles and specializes in tonkotsu<p>Today, New York City welcomes yet another Japanese chain expanding into the U.S. This time it’s <b>Tonchin</b>, a tonkotsu ramen-focused restaurant based in Tokyo that opens tonight in Midtown at 13 West 36th Street between Fifth and Sixth …

Restaurants

2017 Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival

Celebrating its 7th year, the 2017 Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) is Vancouver’s premier international South Asian Film …

Festivals

Half-Chinese share how they feel about being biracial in Beijing

Samantha Kwok at her office Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Kwok<p>Samantha Kwok, a 26-year-old woman with a British mother and Chinese father, cannot …

China

All You Need to Know About San Francisco's Most Underrated Neighborhood

There aren’t many Japantowns left in the United States, but San Francisco’s is one of the nation’s largest and oldest with over a century of cultural …

San Francisco

Roy Choi Is Officially In the Koreatown Pizza Slice Business

The Kogi creator unveiled his new slice shop over the weekend<p>Koreatown favorite <b>Roy Choi</b> is back at it with his new <b>Pot Pizza Joint</b>, a hybrid slice shop doing big, thin pies for the masses. He officially unveiled the big, foldable slices last Friday, and will be running the pop-up every weekend for a …

Los Angeles

Dong-A Pharmaceutical + Baskin-Robbins

South Korean-based Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has teamed up with American ice cream chain, Baskin-Robbins to turn its signature energy drink …

Frozen

Nigerian-Korean model makes Time’s ‘Most Influential Teens of 2017’

Nigerian-Korean model Han Hyun-min was named by Time magazine as one of the 30 most influential teens of 2017.<p>On the list of 30 teens released …

Social Media

Sichuan Sensation Han Dynasty Rolls Into Brooklyn

The DeKalb Market location is now open<p>Popular Philly-based Sichuan chain <b>Han Dynasty</b> has finally opened its new Downtown Brooklyn outpost. The restaurant, which has a constantly busy location in East Village, has started serving dan dan noodles and spicy cumin-spiced meats at its location in the</b> …

New York City

New York City Has the Most Michelin-Starred Japanese Restaurants Outside Japan

Get ready for some next-level sushi.<p>Craving world-class nigiri and ramen? Look no further than New York, where nearly one-fifth of the city's Michelin-starred restaurants are Japanese. That's kind of astounding, given that 71 restaurants across multiple cuisines received stars in the 2018 NYC …

Restaurants

Chinese Restaurant Chains Continue Their Rush to L.A.

Sometime in the 1990s, Los Angeles bested New York's reputation for having the best Chinese food in the United States. Of course, even as recently as …

Restaurants

A new immersive Infinity Mirrors exhibit opens in NYC this week

The “Infinity Mirror Rooms” installation immediately became an Instagram sensation when the Broad museum in Downtown Los Angeles opened in 2015. Last …

Manhattan

Whole Foods will offer vegan 'sushi' with a raw tuna substitute. We tried it

On a 2004 trip to Japan, chef James Corwell visited Tsukiji fish market, the largest fish market in the world. While strolling the market in the early morning, he came across two football field-sized warehouses full of tuna. By mid-morning, the rooms were empty, the tuna sold and on its way to …

Food & Dining

Where to Find Superb Sushi Rolls in Los Angeles

There’s nothing quite like an exceptional omakase meal, but it isn’t always possible to break the bank on a parade of pristine cuts of fish. Luckily not all sushi restaurants post signs on their walls forbidding sushi rolls and tempura sides, as there are myriad restaurants across the city that …

Los Angeles

Japanese Chain Where Diners Fish For Their Dinner Plans February NYC Debut

Zauo is opening in Chelsea with a literal boat inside<p>One of Japan’s more outrageous restaurant concepts — where diners literally fish for their dinner inside the restaurant — is set to hit Chelsea this February. <b>Zauo</b>, under construction now at 152 West 24th Street, is shaping up to be quite the …

Restaurants

Meet the Woman Who's Helping Mixed-Race Patients Find Bone Marrow Matches

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Cancer

Tesla Reaches an Agreement to Build a New Factory in China

A major key to the world’s largest electric vehicle market.<p>The Wall Street Journal has reported that Tesla has come to an agreement with the government of Shanghai to construct a new factory in the city’s free trade zone. The news comes after initial talks between the automaker and Shanghai …

China

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Star on Why She Changed Her Name: ‘Hollywood Is Racist’

When Chloe Bennet started out in Hollywood, her last name was Wang. The <i>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D</i><i>.</i> actress, who is Chinese-American, changed it because …

Kit Kat Introduces Cough Drop Flavor to Japan

Switzerland-based food and beverage company, Nestlé recently introduced its latest Kit Kat creation for the Japanese market. Consisting of Kit Kat’s …

KitKat

Downtown LA's Next Instagram Trend Actually Combines Cheese and Tea

Little Fluffy Head is ready to cash in on a growing Asian trend<p>Downtown’s next tea shop is almost ready to serve, as <b>Little Fluffy Head</b> looks to cash in on the growing trend of something called cheese tea. Yes, it’s actually a layer of cheese on top of some tea.<p>As the image below shows, cheese tea …

Los Angeles

DokoDemo's Japanese Street Food Really Hits The Spot

fullscreen<p><b>THE VIBE</b> <br>Shin Takagi and Kazu Kamehara own more than 90 restaurants in Japan in the form of a fast food chain called Yakitateya that …

Enter the New Dim Sum Contender

The past decade or so has produced a sea change in Chinese dining in Los Angeles, as well as the rest of the United States. Decades of Cantonese …

Restaurants

China’s love of US chicken feet proves a recipe for a perfect trade

Americans eat about 9bn chickens a year, but not the feet. Southern Chinese, on the other hand, import about 300,000 tonnes each year of the delicacy …

China

L.A.’s Secret Chinatown Has Only One Restaurant Left — but New Neighbors Are Arriving

On the surface, Los Angeles' Chinatown seems to be just like other historical Chinatown, such as those in San Francisco, New York and others that …

Los Angeles

Beijing promotes tourism in Helsinki

To boost tourism between the EU and China, a promotional event called Charming Beijing was held in Helsinki.<p>Song Yu, Director-General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development told Euronews more about their goals: “Most of the people in Beijing would like to visit a lot of Western …

Beijing

Watch: Park’s BBQ Is LA’s Ultimate Korean Barbecue Destination

Sampling wagyu beef, galbi, and more meaty delights on this episode of K-Town<p>There's a reason Korean barbecue is a go-to for diners in Los Angeles: Access to high quality beef, plenty of space for tabletop cooking, and commitment to authentic flavors abound in LA's Koreatown. Park's BBQ has been a …

BBQ

A New Udon-Making Machine Comes to Life on Sawtelle Next Month

Marugame Udon aims for total domination<p>Sawtelle newcomer <b>Marugame Udon</b> is hiring up now. The anticipated Japanese noodle shop is promising big things for the already restaurant-rich stretch of Sawtelle Japantown, but they’ve got a secret weapon to help win the war: a noodle-making machine.<p>Per a …

Los Angeles