publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Making to Taste: Culinary Experimentalism in Asian Pacific American Culture

Chan, Stephanie H.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This project studies works by Asian Pacific American writers and artists that respond critically to the widespread enthusiasm for ethnic food and multiculturalism which arose in the United States during the late-twentieth century. This enthusiasm reflected popular hope that food culture's welcoming of ethnic cuisine was a sign of racism receding into the past. Yet consuming palatable ethnic food representations as a surrogate for racialized bodies encourages the disavowal of past inequities' pressure on the present, and disassociation from unsavory racist histories of exclusion, labor exploitation, and biopolitical regulation established in the decades preceding...
Subjects
free text keywords: Literature, Asian American studies, Ethnic studies, Asian American literature, Ethnic literature, Experimental writing, Food and race, Food in literature, Race
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