hangingChow Mein, Chicken Wings, and Cheeseburgers: Recalling Downcity Chinese in the Postwar Era is a photo exhibit of historic Chinese restaurants in New England that revisits the world of Chinese restaurants in downtown Providence from its heyday in the wake of World War II through its decline in the 1980s. The exhibit remembers Ming Garden, Mee Hong, and Luke’s Restaurant through the families that owned and ran them. It also explores the consumption of Chinese food and culture by the greater Downcity Providence community.

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The Chinese Historical Society of New England brings to Boston an exhibit that originally was on display at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. The exhibit will also feature historic restaurant photos and materials from the CHSNE collection.

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) will host an opening ceremony that includes a brief presentation by Heather Lee and Amy Johnson, co-curators, and comments by John Eng-Wong, visiting scholar from Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America. The opening is free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 5:00-7:00 pm. Contact Chinese Historical Society of New England at 617-338-4339 or email info@chsne.org