We set out to tell the story of Thailand’s weirdest local dish, American Fried Rice, and ended up spiral down a rabbit hole that brought us from the gates of the military bases in Okinawa to Hong Kong’s teahouses to almost every corner of Asia, entering a world filled with ketchup, Spam, and enough high-caloric “Western” dishes to leave us nearly comatose- and facing a painful journey of introspection into how the outside world views American food.

0:00 – American Fried Rice
2:29 – Down the Rabbit Hole
4:00 – Hong Kong’s Teahouses
7:35 – War
9:33 – Taco Rice
13:18 – Ketchup Spaghetti
16:17 – Exports
19:00 – General Tso and Chop Suey
21:12 – Sureepan Maneewat

List of Venues Shown in the Video:
American Fried Rice Li
Hia Tai Kee
Kinjo Okinawa Izakaya
Shirokumaya Cafe
Lucky Panda (Delivery)
Queen Bee (to eat the Chinese Delivery)

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Video credits:

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A bucolic scene

https://youtu.be/D8AwvFkz6cM
A friendly game of baseball, 1861 style

https://youtu.be/Xz4SYkwSxTM
Let’s Make A Sandwich (1950) A Classic Educational Film

https://youtu.be/pBId7honi3A
“Western” Fried Rice (西炒饭)

https://youtu.be/6_BK9p9Zt8o
Hong Kong, the British colony in 1961

https://youtu.be/tyw5eSUsiQ0
The Filipino-American War 1899-1902

U-Tapao 1969
https://youtu.be/DtLbHU496ig

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U-Tapao (Utapao) Air Base Thailand, 1967-1972

Okinawa 1950’s to 1960’s
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https://youtu.be/iIobfyaiAUU
Korean War in Colour (Documentary)

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BEST EXPLOSION caught on tape Collection
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USO Christmas Show-Cu Chi, Vietnam 1966
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U.S. Military – Advanced Shooting Techniques

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Dogs Welcoming Soldiers Home Compilation Video HD

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California 1950s, Driving Wilshire Blvd in color [60fps, Remastered] w-sound design added

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