Eating Asian America A Food Studies Reader

ISBN-10: 1479869252
ISBN-13: 9781479869251
Edition: 2013
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 453
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Chop suey. Sushi. Curry. Adobo. Kimchi. The deep associations Asians in the United States have with food have become ingrained in the American popular imagination. So much so that contentious notions of ethnic authenticity and authority are marked by and argued around images and ideas of food. Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader collects burgeoning new scholarship in Asian American Studies that centers the study of foodways and culinary practices in our understanding of the racialized underpinnings of Asian Americanness. It does so by bringing together twenty scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum to inaugurate a new turn in food studies: the refusal to yield to a superficial multiculturalism that naively celebrates difference and reconciliation through the pleasures of food and eating. By focusing on multi-sited struggles across various spaces and times, the contributors to this anthology bring into focus the potent forces of class, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender inequalities that pervade and persist in the production of Asian American culinary and alimentary practices, ideas, and images. This is the first collection to consider the fraught itineraries of Asian American immigrant histories and how they are inscribed in the production and dissemination of ideas about Asian American foodways.  Robert Ji-Song Ku is Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. He is the author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA. Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Anita Mannur is Associate Professor of English and Asian /Asian American Studies at Miami University. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture.

Robert Ji-Song Ku is Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. He is the author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA (forthcoming 2013).

Martin F. Manalansan IV  is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora.

Anita Mannur is Associate Professor of English and Asian /Asian American Studies at Miami University. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture .

List of Figures and Maps
Acknowledgments
An Alimentary Introduction
Labors of Taste
Cambodian Donut Shops and the Negotiation of Identity in Los Angeles
Tasting America: The Politics and Pleasures of School Lunch in Hawai'i
A Life Cooking for Others: The Work and Migration Experiences of a Chinese Restaurant Worker in New York City, 1920-1946
Learning from Los Kogi Angeles: A Taco Truck and Its City
The Significance of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine in Postcolonial Hawai'i
Empires of Food
Incarceration, Cafeteria Style: The Politics of the Mess Hall in the Japanese American Incarceration
As American as Jackrabbit Adobo: Cooking, Eating, and Becoming Filipina/o American before World War II
Lechon with Heinz, Lea & Perrins with Adobo: The American Relationship with Filipino Food, 1898-1946
"Oriental Cookery": Devouring Asian and Pacific Cuisine during the Cold War
Gannenshoyu or First-Year Soy Sauce? Kikkoman Soy Sauce and the Corporate Forgetting of the Early Japanese American Consumer
Fusion, Diffusion, Confusion?
Twenty-First-Century Food Trucks: Mobility, Social Media, and Urban Hipness
Samsa on Sheepshead Bay: Tracing Uzbek Foodprints in Southern Brooklyn
Apple Pie and Makizushi: Japanese American Women Sustaining Family and Community
Giving Credit Where It Is Due: Asian American Farmers and Retailers as Food System Pioneers
Beyond Authenticity: Rerouting the Filipino Culinary Diaspora
Readable Feasts
Acting Asian American, Eating Asian American: The Politics of Race and Food in Don Lees Wrack and Ruin
Devouring Hawaii: Food, Consumption, and Contemporary Art
"Love Is Not a Bowl of Quinces": Food, Desire, and the Queer Asian Body in Monique Truong's The Book of Salt
The Globe at the Table: How Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian Reconfigures the World
Perfection on a Plate: Readings in the South Asian Transnational Queer Kitchen
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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