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Take Out with Lisa Ling

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Great docu explores Asian-American culinary contributions.

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This fantastic documentary series will be appreciated by foodies, history buffs, and generally curious teens and adults alike. In Take Out with Lisa Ling, the veteran journalist weaves compelling historical narratives about how various communities of Asian-Americans immigrated to the United States and influenced its food scene forever. Because this history is typically swept under the rug, kids (and adults!) will likely be delighted by the new connections Ling helps them make. A highlight of this show is the representation: While often Asian-Americans get lumped into one monolithic group, Ling highlights the different experiences of specific Asian communities in cities across the U.S. Ling doesn't shy away from talking about tough stuff like prejudice and discrimination, but she equally shares the joy and pride her subjects have in their identities. In addition to the historical context, the show also features mouthwatering food. The series is perfect for families to watch together -- just don't watch hungry!

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