“What In The World?” Quiz – Jan 7-13, 2019

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David Hillinck, Huntsville, AL

Yezzie Dospil, Nashville, TN

Pratik Yelda, 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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We’ll post the answers and the names of the winner(s) in next week’s quiz.

Here’s last week’s questions and answers:


WEEK OF DEC 31, 2018 – JAN 6, 2019

1. WHAT city hosts one of the earliest New Year’s celebrations with a spectacular fireworks display – the Harbor Light Parade – in front of its famed opera house?

A. Hong Kong
B. Tokyo
C. Sydney
D. Singapore

Correct Response: C. Sydney

2. A tsunami on December 23rd killed over 400 people in Indonesia when it struck the coastline in THIS region.

A. Malacca Strait
B. Sunda Strait
C. Hormuz Strait
D. Lombok Strait

Correct Response:

3. President Trump’s abrupt announcement he will order withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria has placed Kurdish residents and militia fighters – who fought alongside Americans against ISIS – at risk of attack from WHOM?

A. Iran
B. Russia
C. Turkey
D. All of the above

Correct Response: C. Turkey

4. THIS German politician who was recently named leader of the Christian Democrat party with support from Angela Merkel is the likely next Chancellor of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

A. Dieter Althaus
B. Ernst-Reinhard Beck
C. Eva Grafin Finck von Finckenstein
D. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Correct Response: D. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

5. THIS official recently made this statement: “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.”

A. Nikki Haley
B. John Bolton
C. James Mattis
D. Mike Pompeo

Correct Response: C. James Mattis

6. Martial law, imposed on November 25 in parts of Ukraine after Russia captured three Ukrainian ships, expired this past week and is not expected to be extended. Under the law the Ukrainian government banned WHAT?

A. Russian ships from entering Ukrainian waters.
B. Ukrainian citizens of Russian descent from entering government buildings and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.
C. Russian men of combat age from entering the country and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.
D. Ukrainian citizens from entering Russia.

Correct Response: C. Russian men of combat age from entering the country and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.

7. The Taliban has agreed to meet for talks to end fighting in Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia in January. WHO will Taliban representatives meet with?

A. Afghan government officials
B. United States officials
C. United Nations officials
D. All of the above

Correct Response: B. United States officials

8. The senate of this country approved a new ambassador to the United States and for the first time that ambassador is a woman. With her 40 years of experience as a diplomat Martha Bárcena will be in charge of coordinating the bilateral efforts of the newly inaugurated president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the White House. WHAT country will she represent?

A. Mexico
B. Spain
C. Brazil
D. Cuba

Correct Response: D. Martha Bárcena.

9. President Vladimir Putin spoke this week saying that Russia would deploy its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles next year, saying the move meant his country has a new type of strategic weapon capable of hitting most points in the world and evading the U.S ballistic missile defenses. What is the name of the new missile system?

A. Bear
B. Avangard
C. Baba Yaga
D. Kamchatka Dagger

Correct Response: B. Avangard

10. WHAT part of the United Kingdom celebrates the New Year Festival of Hogmanay?

A. Wales
B. England
C. Scotland
D. Northern Ireland

Correct Response: C. Scotland

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