By Jennifer Ho
This interdisciplinary research examines the subject of intake in Asian American literature, connection representations of cooking and consuming with ethnic id formation. utilizing 4 discrete modes of identification--historic satisfaction, consumerism, mourning, and fusion--Jennifer Ho examines how Asian American young people problem and revise their cultural legacies and test with substitute ethnic affiliations via their relationships to meals.
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KING DUK: TRANSFORMING T H E COOLIE IN T H E KITCHEN T O T H E KING OF C H I N A T O W N "You listen Hop Sing. Hop Sing 'A' number one cook. " —Frank Chin, "Confessions of a Chinatown Cowboy" In Donald Duk, Chin not only fulfills his "yellow" project by recuperating Chinese America history but by countering stereotypes that have feminized Chinese (and by extension Asian) American men. Using cooking and construction as the two central tropes of reconstituting Asian American history, Chin subverts the emasculating stereotype that links Chinese men with food in popular culture.
Treated with affection by the ranchers, he is also clearly treated as their subordinate. Consuming Asian American History in Frank Chin's Donald Duk 41 As Darrell Hamamoto observes, Bonanza's liberal democratic attitude created a "society that celebrated ethnic and racial diversity while being condemnatory of bigotry" (34). The racial differences between the white denizens of Virginia City and their Native American, Mexican, and Chinese characters were downplayed in favor of the commonalities among the frontier folk.
He is a derisive figure, especially in comparison with the virile men of the Ponderosa. The laughter at his expense affected my entire family but was felt most keenly by my father, a naturalized American citizen who still speaks with traces of his Szechuan accent. , remain foreign. In his bildungsroman, Donald Duk, Frank Chin, Chinese American writer, provocateur, and pioneer, challenges the happy-go-lucky Hop Sing of Bonanza by replacing him with a warrior chef and centering his novel on the coming-of-age and growing ethnic pride of his twelve-year old protagonist, Donald Duk.