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The Resource Dubious gastronomy : the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA, Robert Ji-Song Ku

Dubious gastronomy : the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA, Robert Ji-Song Ku

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Dubious gastronomy : the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA
Title
Dubious gastronomy
Title remainder
the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA
Statement of responsibility
Robert Ji-Song Ku
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
California roll, Chinese take-out, American-made kimchi, dogmeat, monosodium glutamate, SPAM--all are examples of what Robert Ji-Song Ku calls dubious foods. Strongly associated with Asian and Asian American gastronomy, they are commonly understood as ersatz, depraved, or simply bad. In Dubious Gastronomy, Ku contends that these foods share a spiritual fellowship with Asians in the United States in that the Asian presence, be it culinary or corporeal, is often considered watered-down, counterfeit, or debased manifestations of the real thing. The American expression of Asianness is defined as doubly inauthentic--as insufficiently Asian and unreliably American when measured against a largely ideological if not entirely political standard of authentic Asia and America. By exploring the other side of what is prescriptively understood as proper Asian gastronomy, Ku suggests that Asian cultural expressions occurring in places such as Los Angeles, Honolulu, New York City, and even Baton Rouge are no less critical to understanding the meaning of Asian food--and, by extension, Asian people--than culinary expressions that took place in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai centuries ago. In critically considering the impure and hybridized with serious and often whimsical intent, Dubious Gastronomy argues that while the notion of cultural authenticity is troubled, troubling, and troublesome, the apocryphal is not necessarily a bad thing: The dubious can be and is often quite delicious. Dubious Gastronomy overlaps a number of disciplines, including American and Asian American studies, Asian diasporic studies, literary and cultural studies, and the burgeoning field of food studies. More importantly, however, the book fulfills the critical task of amalgamating these areas and putting them in conversation with one another. Written in an engaging and fluid style, it promises to appeal a wide audience of readers who seriously enjoys eating--and reading and thinking about--food. --Amazon.com
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HU/DLC
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Ku, Robert Ji-Song
Dewey number
394.1/20973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
GT2853.U5
LC item number
K8 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Food in Asia and the Pacific
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Food habits
  • Food in popular culture
  • Gastronomy
  • Cooking, Asian
Label
Dubious gastronomy : the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA, Robert Ji-Song Ku
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Inauthentic gasronomy. California roll -- Chinese take-out -- Disreputable gastronomy. Kimchi -- Dogmeat -- Artificial gastronomy. Monosodium glutamate -- SPAM
Control code
843124225
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780824839215
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013017500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)843124225
Label
Dubious gastronomy : the cultural politics of eating Asian in the USA, Robert Ji-Song Ku
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Inauthentic gasronomy. California roll -- Chinese take-out -- Disreputable gastronomy. Kimchi -- Dogmeat -- Artificial gastronomy. Monosodium glutamate -- SPAM
Control code
843124225
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780824839215
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013017500
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)843124225

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