‘Eating Asian American’ Is Topic of Panel to be Moderated by Krishnedu Ray

Krishnendu Ray, chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, will moderate “Eating Asian America,” a roundtable discussion on the connection between foodways and culinary practices to our understanding of “Asian American-ness,” on Thurs., Oct. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 19 W. 4th Street, Room 101 (at Mercer Street).

The event, presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU Press, coincides with the publication of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (NYU Press), co-edited by the evening’s three panelists: Robert Ji-Song Ku, an associate professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University and the author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA; Martin F. Manalansan IV, an associate professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora; and Anita Mannur, an associate professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies at Miami University and the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture.

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader brings into dialogue the proliferation of Cambodian doughnut shops in Los Angeles with the politics of school lunch in Hawaii with the history of Kikkoman soy sauce with the rise of the Asian American food trucks—and more. The contributors to this anthology bring into focus the forces of class, racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender inequalities pervasive in the production of Asian American culinary and alimentary practices, ideas, and images. It is the first collection to consider Asian American immigrant histories in relation to how they are inscribed in the production and dissemination of ideas about Asian American foodways.

An RSVP is required by calling 212.992.9653 or by clicking here. Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).