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The Boundaries of Chinese-ness in Global Foodways
This project will examine the historical development of the term “authenticity” as it relates to Chinese food in the Chinese diaspora. Often used as a “litmus test” for ethnic identity, the term “authentic” is often portrayed by its user as an objective measure of connection to an idealized ethnic culture. Building upon my interest in how cultural phenomena like language are reimagined and redefined to construct ethnic identities, this project will explore the various ways in which a global understanding of authentic Chinese food came to define Chinese-ness both inside and outside of China in the twentieth century. I hope to examine not just how flavors and ingredients, but also restaurant architecture, interior design, and racial performance by servers and chefs, helped Chinese abroad to negotiate their own sense of ethnic identity with the experience of being an immigrant throughout the Pacific Rim—from the United States and Canada to Vietnam, from Korea to Australia.
Women and Grassroots Activism in Hong Kong: A Modern History
Hong Kong history has long been shaped by grassroots activism. A city often rocked by power struggles among greater empires, and a colony without a direct way to consent to their own government, the people of Hong Kong have often found grassroots organizing, public protest, and even organized violence the most direct way to compel structural change and challenge the hegemony of colonial power. This history explores the history of Hong Kong activism in the latter half of the twentieth century by focusing on the role of women in shaping it. By telling the stories of the underground anti-Japanese smugglers, the local party organizers, the charity activists, the student protestors and the radical writers whose experiences as women framed their postionalities and defined, or limited, their power, this series of personal histories will bring to light the largely untold stories of Hong Kongs female activists and, more broadly, rewrite the history of anticolonial activism in colonial Hong Kong through the lens of gender.