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Flavors of empire food and the making of Thai America

Author: Mark Padoongpatt
Publisher: Oakland, California University of California Press [2017]
Series: American crossroads
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Padoongpatt
ISBN: 9780520293731 0520293738 9780520293748 0520293746 9780520966925 0520966929
OCLC Number: 1005512271
Description: Seiten cm
Contents: List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: From Thailand to Thai Town 1 * "One Night in Bangkok": Food and the Everyday Life of Empire 2 * "Chasing the Yum": Food Procurement and Early Thai Los Angeles 3 * Too Hot to Handle? Restaurants and Thai American Identity 4 * "More Than a Place of Worship": Food Festivals and Thai American Suburban Culture 5 * Thailand's "77th Province": Culinary Tourism in Thai Town Conclusion: Beyond Cooking and Eating Notes Index
Series Title: American crossroads
Responsibility: Mark Padoongpatt

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"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

"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

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"An important contribution that not only illuminates the formation of the Thai American community but also offers a novel approach that takes foodways as a critical entry point to explore the Read more...

 
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