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Dubious Gastronomy – The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA

Robert Ji-Song Ku


California roll, Chinese take-out, American-made kimchi, dogmeat, monosodium glutamate, SPAM—all are examples of what this book calls “dubious” foods. Strongly associated with Asian and Asian American gastronomy, they are commonly understood as ersatz, depraved, or simply bad. This book 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 ... More

Keywords: dubious foods, Asian American gastronomy, Asian gastronomy, Asian foods, Asianness, Asian cultural expression, Asian people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839215
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839215.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Ji-Song Ku, author
Binghamton University

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Part I Inauthentic Gastronomy

Part II Disreputable Gastronomy

Part III Artificial Gastronomy