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Mr. Donald H. Lau

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Background Information

Employment History

Vice President

Wonton Food Inc.

Education

degrees

engineering and business

Columbia

Web References (53 Total References)


Whatever your interpretation of that slip ...

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Whatever your interpretation of that slip of paper, fortune cookie writer Donald Lau only hopes it leaves you happy.

"I don't think I'm a fortuneteller," Lau says. "I don't think fortune cookies are meant to be like a horoscope. It's a way to end a meal in a Chinese restaurant and be happy when you leave."
Lau works as the chief financial officer at Wonton Food Company, the largest manufacturer of fortune cookies in the world. But he has also become the unofficial CFW, or chief fortune writer. Lau has been the sole hired fortune writer since the company acquired fortune cookie factories more than 30 years ago.
Finding inspiration from all aspects of life, from taking the subway to participating in business meetings, Lau used to write two or three axioms a day. Due to writer's block and the company's expansion, Lau now writes two or three fortunes a month.
"I feel that I will never be able to write the great American novel, but I can write the fortunes," he says. "I am the most read author in the United States."
This slowdown of fortune writing hasn't affected production. Wonton Foods has a database of thousands of fortunes, gathered from the ones Lau has written over the years, open submissions and the Internet.
Lau says the job was given to him by default, because he spoke the best English when the company was founded.
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Throughout the years, the company has considered getting other writers, even reaching the interview stage, but Wong says they have not been able to find anyone who has the same cleverness and humor as Lau.


Product of Donald ...

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Product of Donald Lau.

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Donald Lau, vice-president of Wonton Inc, is the largest producer of fortune cookies in the world. He also has one of the more unusual roles in the building, as it is he who is in charge of writing the fortunes.
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Luckily for Mr Lau that isn't the case and instead he simply recycles fortunes he has previously written in his decades as a fortune cookie writer.


Product of Donald ...

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Product of Donald Lau.

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Donald Lau, vice-president of Wonton Inc, is the largest producer of fortune cookies in the world. He also has one of the more unusual roles in the building, as it is he who is in charge of writing the fortunes.
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Luckily for Mr Lau that isn't the case and instead he simply recycles fortunes he has previously written in his decades as a fortune cookie writer.


mind Archives - Jeff Hester

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The short answers are: Donald Lau, yes and no.

The New Yorker ran a story on Mr. Lau back in 2005. Lau was vice-president of Wonton Food, Inc. where he managed the accounts payable and receivable, negotiated with insurers, and and composed the fortunes that went inside Wonton Food's cookies.
It's a role he fell into without intent. The noodle manufacturer he worked for expanded into fortune cookies, buying a plant on Long Island and along with it, it's aging collection of fortunes ("Find someone as gay as you are. read one fortune dating back to the 1940's).
Lau was chosen not for his writing ability, but simply because his English was the best of the group.


GUYVILLE - Nuggets of Wisdom & Gifts for Guys

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That's a lot of fortunes to compose and Wonton Foods VP, Donald Lau, is the guy in charge of coming up with the "up to 10 word" phrases. Lau says he keeps a pocket notebook handy to jot down inspiration for fortunes wherever he is but is quickly running out of ideas - he's actually considering hiring a new employee -- "fortune writer."

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