AMCULT 102 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 001 Food and Gender in Asian American Communities
Term: WN 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This first-year seminar introduces students to historical and contemporary issues of Asians in America, through the lens of food and culture. We will examine how foodways often shape gender roles, labor, power dynamics, and Asian American identity. Focusing on Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese American communities, we will explore how (as acclaimed author Frank Chin puts it) "Food is our only common language." Students will learn: • How gender, like food, is a cultural construct;? • The historical impact of legislation and immigration on communities and culinary practices; • The strategies that various Asian communities have used to survive in America; and? • An introduction to contemporary issues and foodways in Asian American communities. AMCULT 102/WOMENSTD 151 satisfies the following graduation requirements: Social Science Distribution. Elective/Core Course for the Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Studies Minor.

Course Requirements:

Assignments may include readings, active participation, explorations, journals, an exam, and term project.

Intended Audience:

Advisory Prereq: Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.

AMCULT 102 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0143113038
Stealing Buddha's dinner : a memoir, Author: Bich Minh Nguyen., Publisher: Penguin Books 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0446698970
The fortune cookie chronicles : adventures in the world of Chinese food, Author: Jennifer 8. Lee., Publisher: Twelve 1st Trade 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1570914915
The ugly vegetables, Author: by Grace Lin., Publisher: Talewinds Illustrate 2001
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1479869252
Eating Asian America : a food studies reader, Author: edited by Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan IV, and Anita Mannur. 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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