A brief history of Chinese food, adjusted for inflation

The Awl has been running a series looking at the history of certain foods and consumer goods, adjusted for inflation. This week Brent Cox synthesizes the history of Chinese food in the United States and concludes:

But looking at this, I would suggest that our Chinese food, perhaps the most unifying cuisine in the country given its uniformity and appeal, has proven to be immune from inflationary/deflationary factors. Affordable, even. Not to mention delicious.

Cox touches on a number of great points in his post, highlighting the role of Chinese exclusion and Sino-American relations in creating a mass market for Chinese food in the U.S., the American invention of certain Chinese foods, the rise of upscale Chinese restaurants, and the advent of home meal delivery.

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