Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures by Tseen Khoo, Kam Louie

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Cultural Critique 55 (2003): 152—81. Quan, Andy. 2 (2004): 172-80. Schaffer, Kay. " Paper presented at the Gender, SexuaHty and Culture Seminar Series, AustraHan National University, 5 March 2003. Shih, Shu-Mei. 2 (2002): 90-126. W a h , Fred. " Personal website. html • • • Section 1: Commodifying Desires J8B3£&« "Peeking Ducks 55 and "Food P o m o g r a p h e r s " : Commodifying Culinary Chinese Americanness ANITA MANNUR1 A sian styles, it seems, are all the rage in the U n i t e d States. " Markers of Asiannness are sold in commodified form to the "American" public in large retail stores as weU as in smaUer, but equaUy ubiquitous, chain stores such as " T e n Thousand ViUages" that thrive on the commodification of otherness whUe maintaining an interest in promoting a progressive agenda geared towards safeguarding "ethnic" artifacts and culture and promoting an awareness of and sensitivity to the "other" (see Maira; Kaplan).

Q&4: Queer in Asian America. Ed. Eng and Hom. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1998. 1-211. Gunew, Sneja. "Feminism and the Politics of Irreducible Differences: MulticulturaHsm/Ethnicity/Race" in Feminism and the Politics of Difference. Eds. Sneja Gunew and Anne Yeatman. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993. Heldke, Lisa. Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer. London and New York: Routledge, 2003. Ikeda, S. D. " September 28, 2002. Online article. com/viUages/ asian/article_detail.

Cookbooks! Chinese Cookbooks! And I got an idea for a book of recipes teUing the story of a Chinatown family ... h o w to make a toasted cheese sandwich without a sound. T h e n Mama Fu Fu recaUs eating it listening to her parents slurp in their quiet Httle fucks . . " EUeen Yin-Fei Lo's The Chinese Kitchen is a good example of the type of conversational voyeurism that C h i n scathingly critiques. In Lo's words, "[o]nce I steamed a fish quite weU, I thought, and proudly carried it to her at the family table.

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