Were fortune cookies started by Japanese or Chinese?

Question by M S: Were fortune cookies started by Japanese or Chinese?
There has been a lot of talk lately about if fortune cookies started in the US and whether they are Japanese or Chinese in origin. Does anyone have any thoughts on the subject?

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Answer by warm fuzzies
a Jew from the Bronx.

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  1. steelers_pro_87 says:

    Fortune cookies are nether. Fortune cookies were invented in new york as a way to boost sales.

  2. curious says:

    I watched something about that on the Food Network a while back. They were actually started in the US.

  3. Jiwonton says:

    Fortune cookies were started by Chinese Americans who lived in San Fransisco.

  4. MM7 says:

    Invented here in the good ole U.S of A!!

  5. doglover says:

    Chinese Americans.
    I never get fortune cookies with meals in restaurants in Asia.

  6. ISOBELROSEx says:

    Pretty sure they originated in US by chinese americans.
    I live in hong kong and i’ve only ever had a fortune cookie once there, i’ve been there fro 6yrs.
    Hope this hlps
    x

  7. Glamourkills says:

    Fortune cookies were started in Us. Chinese in american came up w the idea of fortune cookies to attract customers to eat chinese food. Fortune cookies are neither jap nor chinese.

  8. Bobo says:

    Actually neither. They started in San Francisco, China Town.

  9. summer yeung says:

    it was started by the chinese. because, after ever dinner, it is polite to give your guest luckiness and happiness.

  10. David H says:

    Neither,
    They are an American cookie

  11. starbabe says:

    Fortune cookies where not invented in America (most things weren’t actually but thats another matter!) they were invented in China as way of sending secret messages in times of trouble or war and then were adapted in a commercial way!!!!!

  12. tamtam says:

    This is an interesting topic because there are so many possible stories. It definitely did not start in Japan or China, although it is most likely linked to something in one of the two countries because an immigrant in California started it in the early 1900′s.

    There was even a mock debate in the Court of Historical Review as to the originator. The decision was that it was started in San Francisco and the most likely origin came from a Japanese American. Then when the Japanese were sent to internment camps, the Chinese picked up on it.

    There is a new funny documentary about the mystery surrounding this cookie, the many possible origins and how a fortune cookie even caused 110 people in the Midwest to win the Lottery.

    Just check out:
    http://www.fortunecookiemovie.com

    I hope that helps!!!

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