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***cross-cultural explanation: American Jews love Asian food.
Isnt it Askenazi who love Asian food? Because Eastern-European cuisine is so bland? Most of the South American jews are Sephards who came here post-inquisition and what they introduced for food is all their own.. with lots of mediteranean things, such as oranges, olives, nuts, cheeses, capers etc.. its delicious.. and so they dont have this thing with Asian food...
Edit: it was the Sephards (fyi: should be "Sephardi") who introduced the orange, which was grown into the Curaçao orange cultivar... this is what is used in the famed blue Curaçao liquor..
"The sweet orange does not occur in the wild. It is believed to have been first cultivated in southern China
QED Just kidding, but talk about a coincidence!
I specified American Jews, which, by common use of the term, are mostly European, because saying United States Jews or North American Jews would have sounded awkward. I don't know what the North American Jews of Canada eat, but I'd imagine by now they've found some tasty Asian recipes for Caribou.
Some have speculated the aforementioned American Jews took to Chinese food because of bland native foods as you say, others have suggested the relative thrift of the meal, others the convenience of take out. My own personal belief is that it's because we needed someplace to eat on Christmas. Whatever the reason, every American Jew I've known has loved Chinese food, including my most wonderful mentor in life, an Argentinian Jew (who had been imprisoned by the Perons in his youth).
Interesting story about Curacao liquor. Never heard that before. When I lived on St. Croix, we had lots of old sugar mills still around from the old Cruzan rum days so I am aware of how intoxicating the Caribbean can be.