American Studies

Session I  (June 2 - June 27)

AMST 211 - Contemporary Asian American Immigration and Food


Alex Orquiza, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies


Asian food is everywhere in America.  Its popularity has meant adjustments to suit American palates and the commodification of an entire Asian food industry in restaurant and home kitchens.  This popularity, however, has meant an Orientalist search for "authenticity" that reveals questions of ethic identity, transnationalism, and immigration.  This course uses food to demonstrate the economic and political forces shaping Asian American culture.  Some of the questions we will answer are:  Why do certain regional cuisines represent an entire nation? How do ethnic cuisines become popular?  Is Asian American cuisine more American than Asian?  And how do chefs, cooks, food writers define Asian American cuisine?

          Meeting times: T,W,Th (1:30 - 4:10)

Location:  FND 207

Credit: 1.0 unit (4 sem. hrs.)

Tuition: $2,375

Registration Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

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