Take Out

When it comes to dinner, Chinese, Indian, or Japanese is up there with pizza and burgers. These days there’s some type of Asian restaurant in practically every mall food court and Main Street across the USA, yet little is known about the diverse communities behind them. Asian Americans have long been lumped together, misunderstood, exoticized, and even purposefully cut out of our history books.

In Take Out, award-winning journalist Lisa Ling—whose own family story began in a Chinese restaurant—travels from the bayous of Louisiana to Orange County’s Little Saigon, exploring the foods we love while shining a long overdue spotlight on the contributions Asian Americans have been making to the United States since before the United States was even the United States.