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S2:E8 | 7.18.2019

The Plan to Kill the Chinese Restaurant

Chinese restaurants are an essential part of the American landscape. But a century ago, they were almost extinguished by an organized effort to wipe out Chinese eateries altogether.

About This Episode

Chinese restaurants are an essential part of the American landscape -- even more ubiquitous than McDonald’s. But a century ago, they were almost extinguished by legislation passed around the country that barred young white women from eating at chop suey houses. This is the story of an organized effort to wipe out Chinese eateries altogether and how these restaurants survived in spite of it.

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Bridget Lancaster: Hey guys. Bridget here. Now before we start this week's episode of Proof, I've got a favor to ask. We've posted a link to a survey in the show description. Now this is only our second season and we're still learning a lot. So, we'd like to get some feedback from you on what you like and what we could do better. All that good stuff. And it only takes a few minutes I promise. So, tell us what you think. Now onto the show.

According to industry standards, there are more than 40,000 Chinese restaurants here in the United States. So, let's compare that number to the number of McDonald's in the United States, which is right around 14,000. So, if we added in, now, all the U.S. Wendy's and Burger King restaurants, that brings us up to about 28,000. In orde…

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