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From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express takes readers on a compelling journey from the California Gold Rush to the present, letting readers witness both the profusion of Chinese restaurants across the United States and the evolution of many distinct American-Chinese iconic dishes from chop suey to General Tsoandrsquo;s chicken. Along the way, historian Haiming Liu explains how the immigrants adapted their traditional food to suit local palates, and gives readers a taste of Chinese cuisine embedded in the bittersweet story of Chinese Americans.

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Treating food as a social history, Liu explores why Chinese food changed and how it has influenced American culinary culture, and how Chinese restaurants have become places where shared ethnic identity is affirmedandmdash;not only for Chinese immigrants but also for American Jews. The book also includes a look at national chains like P. F. Changandrsquo;s and a consideration of how Chinese food culture continues to spread around the globe.and#160;

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Drawing from hundreds of historical and contemporary newspaper reports, journal articles, and writings on food in both English and Chinese, From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express represents a groundbreaking piece of scholarly research. It can be enjoyed equally as a fascinating set of stories about Chinese migration, cultural negotiation, race and ethnicity, diverse flavored Chinese cuisine and its share in American food market today.

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Based on his analysis of over 3000 family letters and other primary sources, including recently released immigration files from the National Archives and Records Administration, Liu (ethnic and women's studies, California State Polytechnic U.) recounts the transnational history of a Chinese family from the late 19th century to the 1970s. This family history demonstrates that for many Chinese immigrant families, migration is not a break from the past, but rather the beginning of a new life incorporating dual national boundaries.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Historian Haiming Liu takes readers on a compelling journey from the California Gold Rush to the present, letting us witness both the profusion of Chinese restaurants across the United States and the evolution of many distinct American-Chinese iconic dishes from chop suey to General Tsoandrsquo;s chicken. Along the way, historian Haiming Liu explains how the immigrants adapted their traditional food to suit local palates, and gives us a taste of Chinese cuisine embedded in the bittersweet story of Chinese Americans.

About the Author

HAIMING LIU is a professor of Asian American studies in the Ethnic and Womenandrsquo;s Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also the author of The Transnational History of a Chinese Family: Immigrant Letters, Family Business, and Reverse Migration (Rutgers University Press).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813535975
Author:
Liu, Haiming
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Chinese Americans -- California.
Subject:
Chang family
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Asian American Studies Today
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 tables
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.86 oz

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Historian Haiming Liu takes readers on a compelling journey from the California Gold Rush to the present, letting us witness both the profusion of Chinese restaurants across the United States and the evolution of many distinct American-Chinese iconic dishes from chop suey to General Tsoandrsquo;s chicken. Along the way, historian Haiming Liu explains how the immigrants adapted their traditional food to suit local palates, and gives us a taste of Chinese cuisine embedded in the bittersweet story of Chinese Americans.

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