Chicago’s Chinese flock to a little known southwest suburb in droves at least twice a year, bearing food, paper effigies and more. WBEZ’s Monica Eng explores this ritual for Asian American Heritage Month.
Earlier this month, thousands of Chicago area Chinese poured into a little-known cemetery in west suburban Stickney to celebrate Ching Ming, one of the two most important memorial holidays on the Chinese calendar. WBEZ’s Monica Eng and Chicago author Wen Huang join us to discuss to discuss how different cultures mourn and honor the dead and how those traditions evolve.
The Colombian government has suspended peace talks with the leftist guerrilla group FARC after the kidnapping of an army General. Gimena Sanchez of the Washington Office on Latin America joins us to explain what this means for the peace process.
In this discussion, the Chicago Chinese community shares its history and rich connection with Mah Jongg, the game they warmly refer to as “M. J.” We also talk about differences in methods of play, and the game’s important role in both the Jewish and the Chinese American communities.
photo of mapo tofu from Lao Sze Chuan by Joseph StorchThe Year of the Rabbit is here, and while I have a thing about consuming the actual animal (you try to digest 10 courses on Iron Chef), I have no problem sharing some of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Chicago.
With the Year of the Rabbit upon us this Thursday night, I figured many of you will be making the trek down to Chinatown, so here's another dessert option, which absolutely beats the industrially-made fortune cookie.