BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1078@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20080505T000000Z DTEND:20080505T000000Z DESCRIPTION:In a midsized town in Beijing\, a middle-aged Chinese man is gi ven a fortune cookie. He tears open the cellophane wrapper and drops the cookie into his palm. He pauses for a brief moment to study the uniquely shaped cookie. He pops it into his mouth and begins to chew. Moments lat er a confused expression appears on the man’s face. He puts his fingers inside his mouth and pulls out a small sliver of paper. His confusion tu rns to anger. He’s upset that a piece of paper was left in the cookie. So goes one of the many amusing anecdotes of Derek Shimoda’s documentar y\, “The Killing of a Chinese Cookie.”\n\nThe irony of the fortune coo kie is revealed from the beginning while mysteries swirling around its ori gin and hold on people is explored. Aren’t fortune cookies Chinese? Yo u aren’t alone in this school of thought. Play a round of free associat ion with the words fortune cookie and more times than not Chinese will be the first word out of people’s mouths. Now if the fortune cookie isn’ t Chinese\, what is it? This documentary searches for these answers and m ore. \n\nAccording to various sources from the film\, the fortune cookie could have been born from any number of cultures. Even the origin of the first fortune cookie’s location is an undiscovered mystery. So who is t he rightful creator? As a member of the team that worked on this docume ntary\, I’m not at liberty to reveal the answers (we’re trying to get people to watch the film. I’m sorry. Here comes the plug - May 5th Ima ginasian Theater in Los Angeles\, 7pm!) What I can discuss is the surpri sing laughs found while exploring all the interesting possibilities that c ome up throughout the film. \n\n<a href="http://www.theimaginasian.com/la /index2.php">ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles</a>\n\nofficial site: <a hr ef="http://www.pingpongplaya.com/fortunecookie">The Killing of a Chinese C ookie</a>\n SUMMARY:The Killing of a Chinese Cookie - film screening URL:/en/events/2008/05/05/killing-of-a-chinese-cookie/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR