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Flavors of Empire [electronic resource]: Food and the Making of Thai America

Mark Padoongpatt
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
American Crossroads
ISBN
9780520293731 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520293748 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Summary
"With a uniquely balanced combination of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, Thai food burst onto Los Angeles's culinary scene in the 1980s. Flavors of Empire examines the rise of Thai food and the way it shaped the racial and ethnic contours of Thai American identity and community. Full of vivid oral histories, this book explores the factors that made foodways central to the Thai American experience. Starting with American Cold War intervention in Thailand, Mark Padoongpatt traces how informal empire allowed U.S. citizens to discover Thai cuisine abroad and introduce it inside the United States. When Thais arrived in Los Angeles, they reinvented and repackaged Thai food in various ways to meet the rising popularity of the cuisine in urban and suburban spaces. Padoongpatt opens up the history, politics, and tastes of Thai food for the first time, all while demonstrating how race emerges in seemingly mundane and unexpected places"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • "One night in Bangkok" : food and the everyday life of empire
  • "Chasing the yum" : food procurement and early Thai Los Angeles
  • Too hot to handle? restaurants and Thai American identity
  • "More than a place of worship" : food festivals and Thai American suburban culture
  • Thailand's "77th province" : culinary tourism in Thai Town.
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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