Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels
This interdisciplinary study examines the theme of consumption in Asian American literature, connection representations of cooking and eating with ethnic identity formation. Using four discrete modes of identification--historic pride, consumerism, mourning, and fusion--Jennifer Ho examines how Asian American adolescents challenge and revise their cultural legacies and experiment with alternative ethnic affiliations through their relationships to food.
Table of Contents
introduction Feeding Identity, Subverting Stereotypes: Food and Consumption in Contemporary Asian American Bildungsromane; Chapter 1 Consuming Asian American History in Frank Chin's Donald Duk; Chapter 2 To Eat, To Buy, To Be: Consumption as Identity in Lois Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers; Chapter 3 Feeding the Spirit: Mourning for the Mother (land) in Lan Cao's Monkey Bridge and Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman; Chapter 4 Fusion Creations in Gus Lee's China Boy and Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land; conclusion Hungry for More?;
Jennifer Ann Ho