You will prepare and submit a term paper on The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. New York City was Lee’s birthplace but her parents came from a tiny island near the coast of China. In this regard, she can be referred to as an American-born Chinese. Together with her two siblings, her sister and her brother, they were encouraged by their parents to embrace America even though they mostly practiced Chinese culture in their household. It startled her that the traditional foods cooked by her mother back at home were far different from the food packed in little white takeout boxes at Chinese restaurants. This was the ultimate factor that led to her exploration. This exploration took her a three years journey to 42 states and 23 countries.
At the age of 13, she realized that the fortune cookies were not Chinese. Her ultimate findings were that fortune cookies have an American origin. However, the main debate was about who invented the fortune cookies and their actual place of origin. She was able to find out that this stalemate had appeared sometime back in 1983 when Judge Daniel M. Hanlon was to rule on a court case between two contingents. one from Los Angeles who claimed that fortune cookie was invented by David Jung, a Chinese immigrant who was known in Los Angels as the founder Hong Kong Noodle Company before World War I, and another from San Francisco who claimed that the fortune cookies were invented by Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant who was known to tend the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park before World War I. The Judge ruled against the Los Angeles contingent after Sally Osaki, an employee in San Francisco produced the only physical evidence to support the San Francisco contingent. Sally Osaki happened to have conducted research in support of the Japanese contingent and had come up with a set of round black iron grills that were established to have originally been used by Hagiwara family in the preparation of the fortune cookies. However, this was not the ultimate solution to the stalemate.