Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader Paperback – September 23, 2013
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"The essays themselves are readable and concise. Each scholar... [is] successful in reaching a very large audience, from Asian American scholars to those simply interested in food histories and identities." -Christopher Patterson,The International Examiner
"Featuring 20 essays, this volume connects Asian food to larger social, economic, political, and historical contexts in the US....The essays in this volume not only constitute the first academic book on the topic with such comprehensiveness, but also investigate the social hierarchy that exists around race, gender, sex, class, and ethnicity."-Y. Kiuchi,CHOICE
“[Manalansan] coedits the interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the ways in which eating and culinary practices reflect and reinforce class, racial, and gender inequalities among Asian-American immigrants.”-Rochester Review
“Eating Asian America does an excellent job of introducing the Asian/Asian American perspective to the discipline of food studies. This book is a highly useful, and much needed addition to food studies. It is a significant addition to the growing conversation about American foodways; as such, it is important that this book not be considered to explore a niche topic.”-Graduate Journal of Food Studies
About the Author
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 and Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (2003) and co-editor of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (NYU, 2013).
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This edited collection is a chance for readers fascinated with culture, history, and food to learn about the Toklas-Vietnamese connection, the dilemnas of Moslem Uzbeks, the implications of the queer kitchen, and a lot more. The editors intend to "examine the importance of centering the study of foodways and culinary practices on theorizing [about] the racialized underpinnings of Asian Americans....[the authors] refuse to yield to the superficial multiculturalism that naively celebrates difference and reconciliation through the pleasures of food and eating." (p. 3)
"Eating Asian American" brings together 20 such essays, about 430 pages in all, none of them yielding to superficial multiculturalism, arranged in four sections:
-- "The Labors of Taste" mostly deals with the workers---the hard-working entrepreneurs of Cambodian doughnut shops in California, the Japanese cafeteria ladies of post-War Hawaii, the remarkable feat of scholarship tracing the life of a Chinese cook in New York, Los Angeles' taco trucks, and a fascinating study of the origins & socio-political implications of the chefs & farmers of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.Read more ›
This book looks at the crossover between Asian-American "Asian Food", ethnic authenticity and integration into the mainstream through an academic lens. Twenty scholars from a variety of different disciplines present mini essays looking at various topics with titles such as "Cambodian Doughnut Shops and the Negotiation of Identity in Los Angeles", "Gannenshoyu or First-Year Soy Sauce? Kikkoman Soy Sauce and the Corporate Forgetting of the Early Japanese American Consumer", "Apple Pie and Makizushi: Japanese American Women Sustaining Family and Community" and "The Globe at the Table: How Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian Reconfigures the World".
This is one of those books that isn't for everybody yet it does give a lot to those who are receptive. A foodie with an eye past their table, an academic on a specific course of study and research or even just someone who really likes reading uncommon, thought-provoking stuff will have many hours of engaging, focussed reading ahead of them and, if required, a mass of further reading suggestions to expand their knowledge further if desired from this book. But if you are expecting a book that will in a few hundred words tell you why a specific dish you might eat in a Chinese restaurant in New York is nothing like a similarly-named dish served up in Beijing, this book is not for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered a book that I needed for class at the last minute and 3 days later I got the book. When I tell you I was beyond happy I was excited. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by LeAndra Green