Chinese-Venezuelan Family Sells Arepas in Queens

TuArepa co-owner Francisco Duran (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier)

TuArepa co-owner Francisco Duran (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier)

When customers call TuArepa Pizza Cafe in Forest Hills, Queens, to order pizza, or the recently added Venezuelan dishes, they hear the owner’s Venezuelan-accented Spanish. But when they stop by the eatery, some get “confused,” as co-owner Ysabel Chang puts it, “by my appearance.”

In an article by Eric Jankiewicz in Queens Courier, she describes her multicultural background.

“We don’t look Venezuelan but we are. I consider myself to be Oriental and also Spanish,” Chang said. “So it’s all about the arepas for us.”

Ysabel’s parents come from China while she and her sister Elena – who co-owns the business as does her husband Francisco Duran – were born in Venezuela.

What took their parents from China and Hong Kong to Venezuela? And what eventually brought the Chinese-Venezuelan family to the United States? Visit Queens Courier to find out.

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