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My Bicultural Comfort Food is the Spicy McChicken Sandwich

Both the sandwich and I were ‘made in China’ but with an undeniable Americanness.

I was first introduced to the McDonald’s Spicy McChicken Sandwich in 2002 as a fourth grader. My family had just moved back to China from the US, where we had spent the past two years in a small town in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, as my dad finished his postdoctoral research. At nine years old, I had a fragmented understanding of home, having already experienced two moves within China, and two more across the Pacific Ocean and back.

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