Fortune Cookie Dictionary


Alphabetized collection of fortune cookie papers with Chinese vocabularies 

For the past 3 years, I have been collecting the slips of paper found inside fortune cookies, which are typically served as dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States (Although they originated in nineteenth-century Japan). These pieces of paper are printed with words of wisdom or a vague prophecy. On its reverse, there is also a phrase or vocabulary word in Chinese, with an accompanying English translation. I have been collecting these vocabularies and sorting them into English alphabetical order in order to make them function as a mini Chinese-English dictionary.

I intend to use this dictionary as a textbook to learn and practice Chinese in everyday life. I documented an attempt to use this dictionary in real, daily-life situations in Chinatown in Flushing, Queens, NY.













© 2017 Nobutaka Aozaki