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This interdisciplinary learn examines the subject matter of intake in Asian American literature, connection representations of cooking and consuming with ethnic id formation. utilizing 4 discrete modes of identification--historic satisfaction, consumerism, mourning, and fusion--Jennifer Ho examines how Asian American young people problem and revise their cultural legacies and scan with substitute ethnic affiliations via their relationships to foodstuff.

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35 Although the figure of Chinese cook may seem an outdated stereotype, a thing of the past like TV westerns, Asian and Asian American men continue to be portrayed in film and television as restaurant waiters, food delivery boys, or Asian cooks speaking in stilted "Asian" accents. 36 As two contemporary film examples, Absolute Power (1999) and Shanghai Noon (2000) affirm, Asian and Asian American men still serve for comedic effect, particularly through their encounters with food. In the film Absolute Power, a Clint Eastwood thriller set in Washington DC, actress Laura Linney sits at an outdoor café, with signs that advertise espresso and sandwiches in the window.

1 9 T H CENTURY IMAGES OF CHINESE MEN: RAILROAD COOLIES A N D TREACHEROUS RAT EATERS "For all his industry, endurance and willingness the Chinese was, essentially, unskilled labor . . S. Western expansion and the cultural imagination of America. Migrating to California during the mid-19th century, the majority of Chinese immigrants left China with the original intention of improving their financial situation and returning to China as prosperous sojourners. 5 These men came to work the gold fields of the California Sierras, but they were also recruited to help build the Transcontinental Railroad, an ambitious feat of industrial technology that would connect the East and West coasts of the continental United States.

Initially, Donald is unable to read the messages encoded in food, a sign of his alienation from his heritage, a condition that David Goldstein-Shirley attributes to Donald's diet of "white American culture," which "has led to his internalization of a colonial mentality" (2). Donald aspires to "live the latenight life in old black-and-white movies and talk with his feet like Fred Astaire" (Chin DD 1), and his private school reinforces this hegemony as "a place where the Chinese are comfortable hating Chinese" (Chin DD 2).

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