"The food is authentic in spirit."
December 31, 2015 8:05 AM   Subscribe

"It was Asian enough for my immigrant parents and American enough for my sister and me." In the PBS feature documentary, Off The Menu, filmmaker Grace Lee traverses the US into the kitchens, factories, temples and farm of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving communities. Food Republic spoke with Jonathan Wu and Wilson Tang, whose NYC restaurant, Fung Tu, is featured in the film.
posted by Room 641-A (4 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm just going to assume that they would have faced some kind of copyright issue had they named the restaurant Wu-Tang because....I mean, come on.
posted by breakin' the law at 9:56 AM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]

I think the deal is that they could have the rights to the name, but only by staging a successful heist.

(but yeah they're probably real sick of that I bet. It's like how I've got a friend whose last name sounds very much like "Bothan," and he is so sick of people just assuming that because he's got a particular last name he would be up for joining risky missions to steal secret plans on sinister military facilities.)
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 10:54 AM on December 31, 2015 [4 favorites]

Wu Tang predates the RZA, you know - now "Wu-Tang Clan" is presumably not something you can call yourself.
posted by atoxyl at 2:23 PM on December 31, 2015 [2 favorites]

I liked the documentary and managed to catch it on it's last day that it was on PBS. It's very broad, but gives a good, basic, 101 look on the role food and food culture in various Asian-American communities.
posted by FJT at 12:32 PM on January 8, 2016

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