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While most businesses shut down for Christmas, Chinese restaurants are pretty much guaranteed to be packed. This American Jewish tradition has spawned entire kosher Chinese establishments, and exists as one of the more delicious examples of cultural fusion. For Philadelphia Jew Michael Levy, the happy union was taken a few steps further when the Peace Corps sent him to the city of Guiyang in Southwest China. Aside from working as an English teacher, Levy quickly adopted the additional roles of resident expert on Judaism, basketball champion and romantic advisor. Join him for a discussion of his new book Kosher Chinese, the cover of which features Levy wearing a Mao Zedong yarmulke. One ticket includes a glatt kosher Chinese meal.
Tue., March 13, 7 p.m., $18-$38, Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., 215-545-4400, gershmany.org.