Chop suey. Sushi. Curry. Adobo. Kimchi. The deep associations Asians in the United States have with food have become ingrained in the American popular imagination. So much so that contentious notions of ethnic authenticity and authority are marked by and argued around images and ideas of food. This is the first collection to consider the fraught itineraries of Asian American immigrant histories and how they are inscribed in the production and dissemination of ideas about Asian American foodways.
A toolkit for understanding how Asian Americans influence, consume and are reflected by mainstream media, Asian American Popular Cultures highlights new approaches to modern culture, with essays that explore everything from music, film, and television to comics, fashion, food, and sports.
Yang, Yu, and Wang have created a love letter to and for Asian Americans, providing a vivid scrapbook of voices, emotions, and memories from an era in which their culture was forged and transformed. They include interviews and contributions from major Asian American cultural icons and artists, creating a celebration of shared experiences highlighting the different ways in which we have chosen to come together.
The Music of Asian America Research Center (MAARC) strives to increase knowledge and awareness of Asian American history and experience through collecting and conducting research on materials related to music-making by Asian Americans.