Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Nancy K. Stalker


Associate ProfessorPh.D., 2002, Stanford University

Nancy K. Stalker

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AAS 325 • Cuisine And Culture In Asia

34990 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as ANS 379)

FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr  |  

This interdisciplinary senior seminar explores historical, cultural, economic, and geopolitical aspects of food in Asian culture.  Food is common to all humankind, but different varieties of foods or cuisine also serve to identify nations, religious groups, classes/castes and other communities, marking boundaries between ourselves and “Others.” Topics include: the relationship between food and national identity and between food and imperialism/colonialism.  We will read histories and ethnographies of representative Asian foods, analyze gender and class dimensions of food, examine the health claims of certain Asian cuisines, read accounts of culinary travel and memoir, and watch food-themed films and documentaries.   

 

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