Re:A taste of China that's uniquely American
There are some other threads on the topic of "old-style" Chinese-American food. I agree it is harder to find than it used to be, but I disagree that it has disappeared.
Just to name a few places that still serve it: Dragon House in Columbia Heights, Minnesota (my current local source -- I just ate there Saturday, and had superb egg rolls with their homemade sweet-and-sour sauce, cantonese boneless chicken, and vegetable chow mein with very fine, crunchy noodles); Orange Garden in Chicago (where they serve a most unusual sweet and sour egg foo young, fabulous egg rolls, and black mushroom chicken chow mein, among many other terrific "traditional" Chinese-American dishes); and Lotus Garden in Greenwood, Indiana (which still has a tiki-style bar and serves rumaki!). All these places are family-owned and run, and have been, for at least three generations.
When I was a kid growing up in Indianapolis, Jong Mea was one of our favorites. There was a branch of Jong Mea in Columbus, Ohio. Both are now long gone.