Critical Analysis

Eating Asian America- Incarceration, Cafeteria Style: The Politics of Mess Hall in the Japanese American Incarceration (EAA ch. 6 page 125-147)

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Please answer all the questions adjacent to the questions/argument types from how to write a critical analysis.  (1-2 page MLA format). 

1)      the important concepts and terms of the readings

2)      the most important arguments of the readings

3)      the parts of the readings they found confusing or unclear

4)      how this reading relates to previous class readings, lectures, and discussions

You do not need to have a work cited page unless you have outside materials. Please let me know if you have questions.

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Use a white 8 ½  x 11” margin.
Make 1-inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides.
The first word in every paragraph should be indented one-half inch.
Indent set-off or block quotations one-half inch from the left margin.
Use any type of font that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman. Make sure that italics look different from the regular typeface.
Use a 12-point size.
Double-space, even the Works Cited page.
Leave one space after periods and other punctuation marks, unless your instructor tells you to leave two spaces.

Binh Phan

ETST 1111-Food Culture and AAPI Identity


Critical Paper #1 EXAMPLE

In the introduction of Eating Asian American the authors described how Food and the Asian American identities are tied together through the racialized bodies of Asian American. That is, Asian American food have been constructed historically in the United States, through “social, political, economic, and historical forces, as well as power inequalities, including discriminatory immigrations and law , have circumscribed Asians materially and symbolically in the alimentary realm –“(Ku and Ai, pg 1). Asian American is a racially termsin the United States and the books centers the study of culinary practices to theorized Asian Americanness. Each scholarship refused to celebrate and yield to the “superficial multiculturalism” (pg 3), that is celebrated in America.

In the What Do We Eat, we see a difference kind of narrative, in which the author wants to celebrate multiracialism through Food. Gabaccia in the introduction argues the balance between the power of food as “multi-ethnic” foodways towards solidarity versus “authenticity” of food in different regions. Gabaccia refers to Schlesinger as they suggest that “Americans are best united as a people when they lose their ties and loyalties to particularistic regional and cultural communities” (p. 227). That is Gabaccia wants to celebrate that as a nation we are a nation of multi-ethnics and that Food is a reflective of that.

The part in which I find most confusing or I questioned is whether Asian American Identity and and Food can exist in both realms at the same time. We talked about this in the class; whether Food brings people together or can be a used weapon against each people. Either way, the book and the conversations really shows me that Food is not simply just food but is closely tied to how Food and the Asian American identity is constructed as a whole in the United States.

My starter question is:

In which ways has the Asian American Pacific Islander community been effected by wars and imperialism on the racialized and often racist AAPI bodies in relation to the United States? How does food fit into this history? (Examples from the book and most importantly, for yourself/family/community)?

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