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Trojan Bookshelf

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Food & Family

Food and foodways in Asia : resource, tradition and cooking

This book is an anthropological inquiry providing rich ethnographic description and analysis of food production as it interacts with social and political complexities in Asia's diverse cultures. 

Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans

Family Sacrifices provides a comprehensive, sociological portrait of Chinese Americans’ most cherished values, practices, and ethics, ultimately illuminating why this ethnic group is the most nonreligious (52%) in the United States.

Food and Gender: Identity and Power


This volume examines, among other things, the significance of food-centered activities to gender relations and the construction of gendered identities across cultures. It considers how each gender's relationship to food may facilitate mutual respect or produce gender hierarchy. 

The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora

"The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity, and Diaspora" examines food memoirs by immigrants and their descendants and reveals how their treatment of food deeply embeds concerns about immigrant identity in the United States.

Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage


This volume closely examines the ways in which the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food is used to create identity claims of 'cultural heritage' on local, regional, national and international scales. 

Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life

"Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life probes the intersection, interplay, and interconnection of Asian and Asian American folklore and folklife in globally fluid and culturally creative landscapes among Asian American communities and subjects.