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By Robert Ji-Song Ku

ISBN-10: 0824839218

ISBN-13: 9780824839215

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California roll, chinese language take-out, American-made kimchi, dogmeat, monosodium glutamate, SPAM—all are examples of what Robert Ji-Song Ku calls “dubious” meals. Strongly linked to Asian and Asian American gastronomy, they're normally understood as ersatz, wicked, or just undesirable. In Dubious Gastronomy, Ku contends that those meals proportion a non secular fellowship with Asians within the usa in that the Asian presence, be it culinary or corporeal, is frequently thought of watered-down, counterfeit, or debased manifestations of the “real thing.” the yank expression of Asianness is outlined as doubly inauthentic—as insufficiently Asian and unreliably American whilst measured opposed to a mostly ideological if now not fullyyt political average of real Asia and the US. through exploring the opposite facet of what's prescriptively understood as right Asian gastronomy, Ku means that Asian cultural expressions taking place in locations comparable to l. a., Honolulu, ny urban, or even Baton Rouge aren't any much less serious to knowing the that means of Asian food—and, via extension, Asian people—than culinary expressions that came about in Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai centuries in the past. In seriously contemplating the impure and hybridized with severe and sometimes whimsical cause, Dubious Gastronomy argues that whereas the concept of cultural authenticity is , troubling, and challenging, the apocryphal isn't unavoidably a foul factor: The doubtful may be and is frequently rather scrumptious.

Dubious Gastronomy overlaps a couple of disciplines, together with American and Asian American experiences, Asian diasporic stories, literary and cultural experiences, and the burgeoning box of nutrients reports. extra importantly, even if, the ebook fulfills the severe activity of amalgamating those parts and placing them in dialog with each other. Written in a fascinating and fluid variety, it offers to attraction a large viewers of readers who heavily enjoys eating—and analyzing and pondering about—food.

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