Nothing is more American than Chinese food on Christmas

When my mother first came to America over three decades ago, she waited tables for five years at a restaurant called Forbidden City in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She quit when she became pregnant with me, but I grew up hearing stories about her time as a waitress. Stories about stingy customers and cooks she tried to avoid - and the busiest day of the year: Christmas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Nothing is more American than Chinese food on Christmas'. Print Edition | Subscribe