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Flavors of EmpireFood and the Making of Thai America$
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Mark Padoongpatt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293731

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293731.001.0001

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From Thailand to Thai Town

(p.1) Introduction
Flavors of Empire

Mark Padoongpatt

University of California Press

The introduction lays out the main arguments, central claims, agenda, and goals of the book. It makes a case for studying food, identity, and community in relation to race rather than simply as an expression of culture. It identifies key historical forces and significant turning points to structure the narrative arc of the story of food in the making of Thai American identity and community in Los Angeles from the end of World War II to the present. This narrative is woven into a discussion of the relevant scholarship on Asian American foodways, the U.S. empire in Asia and the Pacific, and the rise of Los Angeles as a global city to establish a basis for the book and how it extends and challenges existing studies on racial formation in the late twentieth-century United States. The introduction ends with a detailed description of archives and methodology and brief chapter summaries.

Keywords:   Thai American, Asian American, U.S. empire, food, identity, community, racial formation, Los Angeles, spatial imaginaries

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