We have a morbid fascination with eating contests, insofar as they are potent metaphors for late-stage capitalism in America: people encouraged to consume more than they need, to the point of illness, enticed by the chance of “winning” (also, these contests are often won by slim Asians, which fits the metaphor, if you really
force it think about it).
So it was we found ourselves unable to resist sending videographer Emily Chen to film the spectacle of the Sixth Annual Dumpling Eating Contest in Flushing. This year’s winner ate 53 dumplings in two minutes. Yay humanity. (And sorry, Emily.)
UPDATE: For the record, the proceeds from this event went to Food Bank New York City. I still hate eating contests, though.
Filmed and edited by Emily Chen.