Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America

September 19, 2017|
Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America by Mark Padoongpatt
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With a uniquely balanced combination of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, Thai food burst onto Los Angeles’s and America’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 and new archival material, 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 and politics of Thai food for the first time, all while demonstrating how race emerges in seemingly mundane and unexpected places.
Mark Padoongpatt is Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.    
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Title:Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Published:September 19, 2017
Publisher:University of California Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780520293731

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