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"Chicken fried rice, sweet and sour pork, and an order of onion rings, please."

Chinese restaurants in small town Canada are at once everywhere - you would be hard pressed to find a town without a Chinese restaurant - and yet they are conspicuously absent in critical discussions of Chinese diasporic culture or even in popular writing about Chinese food. In Eating Chinese, Lily Cho examines Chinese restaurants as spaces that define, for those both inside and outside the ...

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Overview

"Chicken fried rice, sweet and sour pork, and an order of onion rings, please."

Chinese restaurants in small town Canada are at once everywhere - you would be hard pressed to find a town without a Chinese restaurant - and yet they are conspicuously absent in critical discussions of Chinese diasporic culture or even in popular writing about Chinese food. In Eating Chinese, Lily Cho examines Chinese restaurants as spaces that define, for those both inside and outside the community, what it means to be Chinese and what it means to be Chinese-Canadian.

Despite restrictions on immigration and explicitly racist legislation at national and provincial levels, Chinese immigrants have long dominated the restaurant industry in Canada. While isolated by racism, Chinese communities in Canada were still strongly connected to their non-Chinese neighbours through the food that they prepared and served. Cho looks at this surprisingly ubiquitous feature of small-town Canada through menus, literature, art, and music. An innovative approach to the study of diaspora, Eating Chinese brings to light the cultural spaces crafted by restaurateurs, diners, cooks, servers, and artists.

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Editorial Reviews

Jaclyn Rohel
Eating Chinese challenges scholars of post colonialism and diasporas to consider how diasporic culture is forged beyond the limits of the cosmopolitan metropolis, at intersections of the past and the present… Her insightful readings of ostensibly disparate narratives enable her to carefully peel back their layers to reveal how identities and structures of power are constituted in and around what some might take to be the most unlikely of places.’
Donald Goellnicht
‘Eating Chinese makes a major contribution to Chinese diaspora studies through its attention to small town Canada.’
Guy Beauregard
‘Eating Chinese is powerful and rare work of criticism… This book generously points us forward, inviting us to imagine how acts of remembering a past that is not yet past could help clarify “work that has yet to be done”.’
Bruce Ward
Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada is a fascinating look at the ways in which Chinese immigrants related to mainstream Canadians through the food they prepared and served ... Cho is an engaging, lively writer ... There is much for the general reader to enjoy in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442610408
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Lily Cho is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario.

Lily Cho is an assistant professor in the Department of English for the Universoty of Western Ontario.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction


  1. Sweet and Sour: Historical Presence and Diasporic Agency

  2. On the Menu: Time and Chinese Restaurant Counterculture

  3. Disappearing Chinese Cafe: White Nostalgia and the Public Sphere

  4. 'How taste remembers life': Diaspora and the Memories That Bind

Conclusion

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    IT SHOWS YOU HOW TO COOK AND EAT LIKE A CHINESE/CANADIAN PERSON!

    This is very interesting of a cook book when i got a free sample, it was very interesting of the first couple of "meals" or a.k.a. snack-able items you could choose to make or bake and eat whenever you want... so pick it, enjoy after you look for a recipe to make so you and your family/friends can enjoy it! It gives you a chance to do something new or different every once in a while.

    Sincerely,
    The girl who said this!

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