“What In The World?” Quiz – Jan 14-20, 2019

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Ryan Sachs, Nashville, TN

Charles BowersNashville, TN

David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL

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Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee

If you think McDonald’s is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendy’s combined. Former New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8. Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

TED  Talk – “The Hunt for General Two” with Jennifer 8. Lee [Here]

About Jennifer 8. Lee

Jennifer 8. Lee is a journalist and founder of Plympton, a literary studio. She was a metropolitan reporter at The New York Times, where she has worked for many years. She harbors a deep obsession for Chinese food, the product of which is The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008), which explores how Chinese food is all-American.
At the Times, she has written about poverty, the environment, crime, politics, and technology. She has been called, by NPR, a “conceptual scoop artist.” One of her better known articles is on the Man Dates, and also on the fastest growing baby name in the history of America.She was born and raised in New York City, attending Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School for a total of 14 years. She majored in applied math and economics at Harvard, where she also angsted a lot about The Harvard Crimson, a fabulous start-up magazine called Diversity & Distinction, and the Asian American Association.
After college, she fled to China and spent a year at Beijing University studying international relations. She has a younger sister named Frances (foreign exchange programmer) and a younger brother named Kenneth (actuary). If you string their first initials together, it spells JFK, which their parents tease is the airport they landed at when they first came to the United States. (though currently, JFK is her least favorite of the NYC airports). She has a purple stuffed hippo named Hubba Bubba who travels the world with her. She used to know how to solve a Rubiks Cube, though is a bit rusty now. And she has always harbored fantasies of being a fortune cookie message scribe. She lives in Harlem (about four blocks away from her parents). She makes great turkey fried dumplings (recipe from mom). She is a former member of the Poynter Institute National Advisory Board, a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and has been featured in the Esquire Women We Love issue.
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


WEEK OF JAN 7-13, 2019

1. Due to security concerns from drone activity which caused massive delays during the Christmas holiday at THESE two airports, military grade anti-drone defenses were purchased.

A. Beauvais and Charles de Gaulle.
B. Leonardo da Vinci and Ciampino.
C. John F. Kennedy and La Guardia.
D. Gatwick and Heathrow.

Correct Response: D. Gatwick and Heathrow.

2. An air strike launched by the United States killed Jamal al-Badawi, an al-Qaeda militant commander, in Yemen on January 1st. Badawi was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in 2003 for his role in THIS attack on Americans.

A. The 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
B. The 1996 bombing of the Khobar Tower dormitory housing US Air Force personnel.
C. The 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden.
D. The 1995 bombing of a US military office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Correct Response: C. The 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden.

3. National Security Advisor John Bolton said that there were new conditions following President Trump’s surprise announcement to withdraw U.S. troops deployed to Syria. THIS is the new condition attached to a short term pullout.

A. Russia must agree to continue the effort the U.S. had brought to eliminating the ISIS threat from Syrian territory.
B. Iran must agree to withdraw its Republican Guards militia forces from Syria.
C. Syria must guarantee to stop Iranian military materials from being transshipped to Hezbollah militia forces in Lebanon.
D. Turkey must agree that Kurdish forces in Syria that fought alongside Americans must be protected.

Correct Response: D. Turkey must agree that Kurdish forces in Syria that fought alongside Americans must be protected.

4. Newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order on Wednesday making the Agriculture Ministry in THIS country responsible for “identification, delimitation, demarcation and registration of lands traditionally occupied by indigenous people,” allowing agribusiness to work on native peoples’ lands. Though it’s a temporary order and if not ratified within 120 days it will expire. What country is THIS?

A. Brazil
B. Argentina
C. Chile
D. Colombia

Correct Response: A. Brazil

5. The United Nations on Friday called for an independent and impartial investigation into the Dec. 30 election in THIS country amid accusations of violence and voting irregularities. Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina was voted into office for her third consecutive term as head of THIS nation.

A. Morocco
B. Oman
C. Bangladesh
D. Pakistan

Correct Response: C. Bangladesh

6. In THIS country a nationwide strike by the country’s doctors is now into its second month because they want better pay, working conditions while the country faces severe dollar shortages and spiraling inflation.

A. Angola
B. Zambia
C. Zimbabwe
D. Sudan

Correct Response: C. Zimbabwe

7. Parliament in Britain is set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan around January 15th. The proposal faces strong cross winds outside and within her Conservative party among those who want to change the deal, delay it or reverse the Brexit process altogether. What are the likely consequences of defeat of May’s Brexit plan vote?

A. The United Kingdom will have a second “Exit” referendum in February.
B. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29th without a deal.
C. The vote will signal no-confidence in Prime Minister May will she will resign.
D. The United Kingdom will invoke Article 22 of the EU Charter to cancel the “Exit” process.

Correct Response: B. The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29th without a deal.

8. THIS country has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe according to European Union published estimates this week.

A. France
B. Greece
C. Croatia
D. Spain

Correct Response: D. Spain

9. President Trump told reporters Sunday Beijing was motivated to make a trade deal given the weakness of the Chinese economy. His statement came as THIS latest development in the trade war took place.

A. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced new tariffs on $100 billion worth of goods.
B. U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators started the first talks since a 90-day trade war truce.
C. Beijing said it plans to shut down its International Intellectual Property Protection Agency.
D. The new Democrat Chairman of the House International Relations Committee scheduled hearings on the Trump Administration’s China tariff policies.

Correct Response: B. U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators started the first talks since a 90-day trade war truce.

10. “Aquaman” is poised to make a billion dollars for it’s on-screen portrayal of a classic DC character. The director was born in THIS country.

A. Malaysia
B. South Africa
C. Australia
D. New Zealand

Correct Response: A. Malaysia

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