"Teaching Food and Foodways in Asian American Literature and Popular Culture" /Due October 15, 2010

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Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies
Special Issue on "Teaching Food and Foodways in Asian American Literature and Popular Culture"
Special Issue Guest Editor, Eileen Chia-Ching Fung

The topic of food has been a significant cultural icon for Asian American literature, films and other popular cultural venues and has gained increasing visibility in the mainstream publishing market and public media in recent years. This special issue invites scholars and writers to discuss how to approach teaching food and foodways within the contexts of Asian American literary, film, and cultural studies. While the tropes of food and eating engage in complex sets of negotiations of individual, familial and communal definitions, they also invoke questions about Orientalism, internalized colonialism, commodification, and consumption. This issue aims to explore the social, political, and cultural paradigms generated by Asian American food narratives. We are especially interested in pedagogical works that explore ways to teach food writing, media representation, and popular culture about food.

These are some suggested questions and themes:

• What are some characteristics and narrative strategies of Asian American food writings?

• How does one teach analyses of eating and cooking as Asian American literary tropes?

• How can one incorporate Asian American food memoirs, cookbooks or food shows as part of the Asian American Studies discourse and/or Asian American cultural studies curriculum?

• What is the relationship between Asian American food texts and other American food narratives?

• How do race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality shape food writing?

• How can we explore themes of food tourism, food ethnography, food pornography, and food colonialism?

• How does one offer critical readings and pedagogical strategies of teaching Asian/Asian American food writers, cooks, articles, or celebrities in multi-media including films, television, internet (i.e. blogs), and other public spaces?

All articles must be under 10,000 words, with a preference for shorter articles of 2,000-7,000 words. Please follow the most current MLA format. Inquiries for this Special Issue may be addressed to Dr. Eileen Chia-Ching Fung at fung@usfca.edu. Full final articles must be submitted by October 15, 2010 to http://onlinejournals.sjsu.edu/index.php/AALDP/index.