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Sweet or sour? Panda Express teams with Uprisers for Chinese takeout-inspired fashion

  • Panda Express and Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned streetwear brand Uprisers are collaborating on a new limited-edition collection called “Future Is Now.”
  • The full collection will make its introduction at ComplexCon, which will be held in Long Beach, California, from Nov. 19-20.
  • Four early access items are available online to customers right now until Nov. 17.
  • The entire collection was inspired by the Los Angeles-based clothing brand’s slogan, “what you wear is what you represent,” and celebrates both companies’ cultural roots.
  • Ten percent of proceeds from the Uprisers x Panda Express collection will be donated to the Filipino Migrant Center in Long Beach.

Panda Express and Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned streetwear brand Uprisers are collaborating on a new limited-edition collection called “Future Is Now.”

The full collection will make its introduction at ComplexCon, which will be held in Long Beach, California, from Nov. 19-20.

Writer who has never heard of Panda Express amuses Twitter with article on the popular chain

  • Lincoln Anderson, editor and owner of Manhattan community newspaper The Village Sun, became a trending topic on Twitter after excerpts from his recent article on Panda Express were shared on the platform.
  • Anderson, who had never heard of Panda Express, wrote about the opening of a new location from the popular Asian American restaurant chain, calling it a “self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”
  • The article further noted that the restaurant “describes its fare as ‘Chinese Flavors With American Tastes,’ if that makes sense. The chain’s 'all-time favorite' dish is 'Original Orange Chicken.’"
  • While many Twitter users found the post funny, some defended Anderson’s article, noting that it’s possible for someone to never run into a Panda Express, particularly in Manhattan, New York.
  • In response, Anderson admitted that he was not that familiar with the restaurant but argued that “many New Yorkers probably don’t have a clue what Panda Express is — or don’t care, no disrespect to Panda Express.”

An editor for a local newspaper in Manhattan, New York, who had never heard of Panda Express, was ridiculed on Twitter for an article he wrote about the popular Asian American restaurant chain. 

Covering the opening of a Panda Express outlet in the city, The Village Sun’s Lincoln Anderson wrote: “Admittedly, it’s no Hane. Rather than a swanky sushi spot, it’s a self-described ‘fast-casual’ Chinese restaurant.”

Panda Express launches plant-based Orange Chicken in all 2,300 US locations

  • Panda Express launched Beyond The Original Orange Chicken on Wednesday in all 2,300 locations across the U.S.
  • Co-developed with Beyond Meat, the dish is a plant-based spin on Panda Express’ classic Orange Chicken recipe.
  • The dish was first introduced in Southern California and New York in July 2021, and then in 70 locations in 10 markets in October.

For the first time, American Chinese restaurant Panda Express is offering a plant-based Beyond Meat version of its Orange Chicken entrée in all 2,300 locations across the U.S.

The trademarked dish, officially known as Beyond The Original Orange Chicken, combines the “irresistibly crunchy texture and flavor” of the classic Panda Express favorite and Beyond Meat’s “best-in-class plant-based protein capabilities,” according to a news release.

Panda Express announces $1 million grant to help TAAF change the narrative of AAPI representation

  • Restaurant chain Panda Express announced a $1 million grant to nonprofit The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) on Tuesday to support its efforts in changing the narrative of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation and experiences.
  • Panda Express was TAAF’s first AAPI Giving Challenge partner and with this donation has further established its commitment to achieving a lasting sense of belonging for AAPI communities.
  • “As an American-born company founded by Chinese immigrants, we are passionate about fostering greater cultural understanding and appreciation through storytelling,” Panda Restaurant Group’s Chief Brand Officer Andrea Cherng told NextShark.
  • TAAF is set to celebrate AAPI stories and storytelling on Tuesday evening by co-hosting the first annual Rise for Comedy Showcase in collaboration with Universal Pictures and Rideback Rise, a new non-profit accelerator that will support BIPOC creators in the development of film, television, digital and audio content.
  • Comedian Jo Koy will be at the event to bring on the laughs, while the MacArthur Foundation’s Director of Media and Journalism, Kathy Im, will moderate a panel on representation in entertainment featuring Andrea Cherng, CNN’s Lisa Ling, The Los Angeles Times’ Lorraine Ali and UTA Talent Agent Jaqueline Kim.

Restaurant chain Panda Express announced a $1 million grant to The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), a nonprofit organization committed to “accelerating opportunity and prosperity for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.” 

TAAF announced in a press release today that the substantial donation would support the group’s efforts in changing the narrative of AAPI representation and experiences by investing in AAPI storytelling across the arts, media and film.

Panda Express worker’s viral TikTok roast of early morning customers has fast-food employees chiming in

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  • A 15-second video posted to TikTok by @isaiahafk shows a Panda Express worker expressing his dismay at the chain’s early-morning customers.
  • While many in the video’s comments section offered up their arguments as to why some might want to purchase orange chicken at 10 a.m., others empathized with the poster’s sentiment and shared their own experiences of working in the food industry.

A Panda Express worker took to TikTok to express his dismay at the chain’s early-morning customers.

The 15-second video posted by @isaiahafk shows him wearing a black Panda Express apron and matching hat while pointing to the sizzling American Chinese food as he rants, “Bro, people really coming to Panda Express at 10:00 a.m. for some of this. Like really? Sometimes, they come at 7:00, 6:00, doing shit early in the morning. How are you going to wake up and want some orange chicken?”

Panda Express chef on the appeal of orange chicken and why American Chinese is its own regional cuisine

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  • Across 2,200 stores, Panda Express has become a staple of Chinese American fast food, and central to questions about cultural and culinary authenticity.
  • A third of the chain’s customers order the staple orange chicken, but new dishes like Sichuan chicken keep the brand busy with innovation.
  • Chef Jimmy Wang, director of culinary innovation, spoke to NextShark about the process of creating the next big dish, authenticity in the kitchen and his own Panda Express order.

Chef Jimmy Wang, executive director of culinary innovation at Panda Express, spoke to NextShark about the process of creating the next big dish, authenticity in the kitchen and his own go-to order.

What comes to mind looking at the circular Panda Express logo, featuring a soft, curvy panda with a blank expression popping out against a red background? For many, the zesty taste of orange chicken is synonymous with the brand. Or maybe it’s nostalgic memories of sitting in a mall food court, a scent vaguely reminiscent of Asian cuisine hanging in the air.

Panda Express Launches $10 Million Program for AAPI Organizations, Other Marginalized Groups

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Panda Express, the nation’s largest family-owned and operated dining concept, kicks off the first phase of its $10 million community investment program in time for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

The program, Panda CommUnity Fund, will help national and local organizations support members of diverse and marginalized groups, according to Panda Express.

Former Panda Express Employee Allegedly Forced to Strip During ‘Cult-Like’ Trust-Building Exercise

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A former employee of a Panda Express branch in Southern California’s Santa Clarita Valley has claimed in a lawsuit that she was pressured to strip down to her underwear in front of a crowd during a “trust-building” exercise for the company. 

Cult-like rituals: Plaintiff Jennifer Spargifiore, 23, was allegedly subjected to “cult-like rituals” during an off-site seminar in July 2019.