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Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America

Mark Padoongpatt


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. Mark Padoongpatt makes use of original archival research and rich oral histories to explore the factors that made foodways central to the Thai American experience. Starting with the U.S. Cold War intervention in Thailand, he traces how the informal U.S. empire allowed Americans to discover Thai food and introduce it to adventurous eaters back home. When Thais arrived in Los Angeles, they reinvented and repackaged Thai cuisine in various ways to meet its ... More

Keywords: Thai American, Thai food, Los Angeles, identity, community, U.S. empire, multiculturalism, racial projects, oral histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293731
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293731.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Padoongpatt, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas