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Dubious GastronomyThe Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA$
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Robert Ji-Song Ku

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839215

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839215.001.0001

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(p.120) 4 Dogmeat
Dubious Gastronomy

Robert Ji-Song Ku

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the unsavory reputation of dogmeat as a potential food source. Dogmeat is an example of how foods that are strongly associated with the perceived moral depravity of a particular ethnic or racial group can remain permanently suspect. The most powerful reason for disqualifying dogmeat as a potential food source, especially in industrial and postindustrial societies, is the honorary human status bestowed upon dogs. This chapter first considers the issue of cannibalism by focusing on the 1973 film Soylent Green and Lu Xun's work called “A Madman's Diary.” It then turns to the cultural enigma surrounding the refusal of contemporary South Koreans to give up dogmeat and proceeds by examining the culinary myths and racial imageries related to dog eating. It also looks at the genealogy of dogmeat as well as the disgust factor in eating dogmeat. Finally, it reflects on the practice of dog eating within the context of human interaction with dogs and other domestic animals in the era of postdomesticity.

Keywords:   dogmeat, dogs, cannibalism, Soylent Green, Lu Xun, Korea, disgust, domestic animals, postdomesticity, A Madman's Diary

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