To commemorate May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), the Committee of 100 (C100) has launched a month-long series of videos that show the inspiring stories of extraordinary Chinese Americans. The series, called Chinese American Journeys, features prominent Chinese Americans celebrating their successes, struggles, and heritage in TED-style talks.
Today, C100 is releasing the Chinese American Journey of Ming Tsai: celebrity chef, restaurateur, and C100 member. Tsai provides a humorous account of his path, from fixing up fried rice as a 10-year-old in Dayton, Ohio, to battling chef Bobby Flay in a duck duel. He’s also a proud Chinese American and encourages the next generation to teach their kids Chinese. Why? “You have to be able to order in Chinese at the Chinese restaurant!” he says.