In parts of San Francisco, Chinese-Jewish pairings are so common that they have their own nickname: "Chewish." So why should Chinese-Scottish pairings seem odd? They

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In parts of San Francisco, Chinese-Jewish pairings are so common that they have their own nickname: "Chewish." So why should Chinese-Scottish pairings seem odd? They shouldn't. In fact, the best relic of mixed ethnicities—nay, of America—is the ability to cherry-pick from each. That's why you can take the drink of the Scots and the food of the Chinese and come up with events like the Gung Haggis Fat Choy. The event, which began 10 years ago in Vancouver, B.C. (billed as a foray of Chinese-Canadian culture into a Scottish-Canadian locale), made its Seattle debut this year on Feb. 18 at Lee's to usher in the Year of the Pig. The kilt/dragon mask–wearing success benefited the Caledonian & St. Andrew's Society of Seattle, and yes, songs like "My Haggis/Chow Mein Lies Over the Ocean" were on the bill. The next event, to be held on a Sunday around Feb. 7, 2008 (beginning of the Year of the Rat), will feature the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, and—fingers crossed—the Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra. Fortune cookies and shortbread! Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Trainspotting! Someone, please stop me!—Karla Starr www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com.

 
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