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Author Cho, Lily, 1975-

Title Eating Chinese : culture on the menu in small town Canada / Lily Cho
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 207 pages) : illustrations
Series Cultural spaces
Cultural spaces.
Contents Sweet and sour : historical presence and diasporic agency -- On the menu : time and Chinese restaurant counterculture -- Disappearing Chinese café : white nostalgia and the public sphere -- Diasporic counterpublics : the Chinese restaurant as institution and installation -- "How taste remembers life" : diaspora and the memories that bind
Summary "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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-201) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Chinese restaurants -- Canada -- History.
Chinese -- Canada -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442686472 (electronic bk.)
9781442686472 (electronic bk.)