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Authenti(city)

Digital Photography, 2016

Every restaurant claims that they have the authentic cuisine or culture in the city. But what does authenticity really mean in a country of immigrants?
The word authenticity no longer holds its meaning in a country where the emigrants become immigrants. In Chicago, an authentic Korean meal often means sharing an Army-base Stew. Originated from the
left-over ingredients from the US Army base during the Korean War, which was made into a stew by Korean people.

Most of the authentic Greek restaurants are rated on Zagat and Yelp and serves Flaming Cheese; one of the greatest inventions in Chicago.

In Chinatown, where the Star-Spangled banners are waving from the buildings, the restaurants serve their authentic Orange Chicken.

How authentic are we? Are we just haunted by the image
and notion of authenticity?

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