China Research Seminar public talk
February 13, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall 109
Announcing a Chinese Studies public talk:
â€œThe Invention of American â€˜Pan-China Cuisineâ€™ in Global Politicsâ€
David Y. H. Wu (å´ç‡•å’Œ),
Former Chair Professor of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 pm,
Moore Hall Rm. 109, University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa
What are the representative â€œChineseâ€ cuisines that have dominated the American popular culture of eating-out? What is â€œPan-China Cuisine?â€ Wu tells the story of migration to the United States during the second half of the 20th Century of Chinese graduate students and families. Many stayed due to the global Cold-War, and helped to transform, invent, and standardize a â€œPan-Chinaâ€ cuisine in their new restaurants. The new restaurateurs since the 1970s claimed to serve â€œNorthern Chineseâ€ or â€œMandarinâ€ cuisine under the banner of Peking, King-Tsing (Beijing and Tianjin), Shanghai, Shichuan (Sichuan), Hunan, Hakka (Kejia), etc. Wuâ€™s story will focus on a 40-year-old â€œMandarinâ€ restaurant in Honolulu that was started by some University of Hawaii students.
Professor Wu, former Chair Professor of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. Among other affiliations, he is also the Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology (Taipei). Educated in Taiwan, Hawaii, and Australia, Wu has conducted fieldwork among Taiwan aborigines; on the Chinese diaspora in the South Pacific and minority ethnicities in China; and on the globalization of food, cuisine, music and dance in East Asia.
Wuâ€™s many books include: The Chinese in Papua New Guinea (1982 HK); The East Paiwan People of Taimali (1988 Taipei); Preschool in Three Cultures (1989 Yale, also published in Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Portuguese); Chinese Culture and Mental Health (1985 N.Y.); From Beijing to Port Moresby (1998 London); The Globalization of Chinese Food (2002 London); Overseas March: How the Chinese Cuisine Spreadâ€ (2011 Taipei); Where is Home (2011 Taipei); and Hometown, Fieldwork, and the Train (Japanese translation by Midori Hino, 2012 Tokyo).
The university community and public are cordially invited to attend.
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