Several boxes of Botan rice candy

Frieze Magazine: A Brief History of Sweetness

Poet Tan Lin has a beautiful essay in Frieze Magazine about growing up Chinese in America. He discusses the blend of American and Chinese food he and his sister, famed architect Maya Lin, ate during their childhoods, including unusual Chinese "sweets" like chan pui mui or preserved plums, fruit jellies, and botan rice candy. Lin writes: "I never saw the sweets again – until 2016, when I was standing in the aisle of a Pearl River Mart in downtown Manhattan."

Read the whole piece.

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