Gender and Food in Transnational East Asias illustrates how the production and consumption of food impacts the changing social positions of individuals and their relationships with their families, the state, and their work, as well as shapes their gender, sexual, ethnic, and national identities. The transnational movement of food and people between East Asia and the rest of the world is increasingly visible, forming various forces behind the cultural and political constructions of gender politics among and beyond Asian diasporas. It argues that a critical engagement with practices and representations of food from gender perspectives can enhance our understanding of the society and culture of transnational East Asia.
Jooyeon Rhee is assistant professor of Asian studies and comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Chikako Nagayama is associate professor at G30 Linguistics and Cultural Studies Program, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University.
Eric Ping Hung Li is associate professor at the Faculty of Management of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus.
Table of Contents
Jooyeon Rhee, Chikako Nagayama, and Eric Ping Hung Li
Part I: Imagination of Culinary Nationalism
Chapter 1 Women, Waste, and War: Food, Gender, and Rationalization in Wartime Japanese Discourse
Chapter 2A Bite of the Gender Equality Discourse in China: Observations from Food
Guojun (Sawyer) He, Dandan Fang, and Jonathan Deschênes
Chapter 3 Young Men in Chef Uniforms and Suffering Mothers in Hanbok: Gendered Representation of National Cuisine in the Sikkaek Series
Part II: Body and Embodiment
Chapter 4 The Body as Food: Gender, Eating, and Cannibalism in Yan Lianke’s The Four Books
Shelley W. Chan
Chapter 5“Veganism Will Rise like Feminism”: The Porous Contestation of Intersectional Vegan Feminism against the Exclusive Politics of Korean Popular Feminism
Su Young Choi
Chapter 6Embodying Carnal Appetites: Food and Sexuality in Li Ang’s Mandarin Duck Aphrodisiacs
Part III: Performance of Masculinity and Femininity
Chapter 7Gender Politics in Food Escape: Korean Masculinity in TV Cooking Shows in South Korea
Chapter 8Neoliberal Women’s Agency and Time-Space Management in the Cook-and-Save Method, Tsukurioki
Chapter 9 Eating as a Way of Performing Gender: The Intersection of Food, Gender, and Human Capital in Taiwan
Chapter 10 (Post-)traumatic Logic of Socialism, Hunger, and Masculinity in Zhang Xianliang’s Mimosa (1984)
Gabriel F. Y. Tsang
Part IV: Transnational Practice of Food and Gender
Chapter 11Fashioning K-Food: New Gendered Space and Culture in South Korea
Eric Ping Hung Li, Somin Lee, and Matt Husain
Chapter 12Grace Chu: Chinese Cooking at the Crossroad of Ethnicization and Emplacement
Chapter 13 Social Change and Gendered Gift-Giving Rituals: A Historical Analysis of Valentine’s Day in Japan
Yuko Minowa, Olga Khomenko, and Russell W. Belk
“A book that brings together the strengths of Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies to critically analyze gender dynamics in food media in PRC, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Much of the empirical material is new and exciting, and the conceptual apparatus is subtle and provocative. It helps us understand the cultural transformations associated with rapid socioeconomic change in East Asia and among East Asians elsewhere.”
“An excellent addition to the growing literature on critical food studies and transnational feminisms. Richly contextualized, theoretically informed, and astutely analyzed with fascinating stories and examples from multi-disciplinary perspectives, it presents ‘transnational East Asias’ as a fluid, dynamic, and complex site for rethinking the gender politics embedded in the symbolic and material practice of foods in East Asia and Asian American communities.”