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"From the Ted Talk by Jennifer 8. Lee: The hunt for General Tso"

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Another way that you saw this antipathy towards the Chinese is through documents like this. This is in the Library of cesgnros. It's a pamphlet published by Samuel Gompers, hero of our amaericn labor movement. It's claeld, "Some Reason for chnsiee Exclusion: Meat versus Rice: American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism: Which shall survive?" And it basically made the argument that Chinese men who ate rice would nascisreely bring down the standard of living for American men who ate meat. And as a matter of fact, then, this is one of the reasons we must exclude them from this country. So, with sentiments like these, the Chinese Exclusion Act was psesad between 1882 and 1902, the only time in American history when a group was specifically excluded for its national origin or ethnicity. So in a way, because the Chinese were attacked, chop suey was ceaetrd as a dsneefe mechanism.

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Another way that you saw this antipathy towards the Chinese is through documents like this. This is in the Library of ________. It's a pamphlet published by Samuel Gompers, hero of our ________ labor movement. It's ______, "Some Reason for _______ Exclusion: Meat versus Rice: American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism: Which shall survive?" And it basically made the argument that Chinese men who ate rice would ___________ bring down the standard of living for American men who ate meat. And as a matter of fact, then, this is one of the reasons we must exclude them from this country. So, with sentiments like these, the Chinese Exclusion Act was ______ between 1882 and 1902, the only time in American history when a group was specifically excluded for its national origin or ethnicity. So in a way, because the Chinese were attacked, chop suey was _______ as a _______ mechanism.

Solution

  1. passed
  2. called
  3. defense
  4. chinese
  5. american
  6. congress
  7. created
  8. necessarily

Original Text

Another way that you saw this antipathy towards the Chinese is through documents like this. This is in the Library of Congress. It's a pamphlet published by Samuel Gompers, hero of our American labor movement. It's called, "Some Reason for Chinese Exclusion: Meat versus Rice: American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism: Which shall survive?" And it basically made the argument that Chinese men who ate rice would necessarily bring down the standard of living for American men who ate meat. And as a matter of fact, then, this is one of the reasons we must exclude them from this country. So, with sentiments like these, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed between 1882 and 1902, the only time in American history when a group was specifically excluded for its national origin or ethnicity. So in a way, because the Chinese were attacked, chop suey was created as a defense mechanism.

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chop suey 16
fortune cookies 12
chinese restaurants 6
general tso 6
fortune cookie 4
york city 4
chinese restaurant 3
lem sen 3
chicken mcnuggets 3

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