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)