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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Nov. 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442610409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442610408
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anon on Dec 21 2010
Format: Paperback
As a "CBC" whose in-laws were classic Chinese immigrants working long hours in a Prairie small town Chinese restaurant so that the kids could pursue higher education, I eagerly anticipated release of this book - what a great topic! But as a layperson, I was disappointed to find it was written for academic sociologists. E.g. "What happens when the eruption of otherness occurs in the space of migrancy, the diasporic subject? How do you read for postcolonial agency not just in the slenderness of historical narrative...but also in the precariousness of migrancy?" I desperately wanted to read this book through, but simply could not. I am not saying to not purchase this clearly heartfelt work, but just to be aware this is not a casual read for laypersons.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By zachary-darwin on Jan. 20 2011
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This book is a sensitive and illuminating exploration of the place of rural Chinese restaurants in the construction of Chinese-Canadian diasporic communities. Every chapter is peppered with insights into different facets of this arresting topic: on food as anticolonial resistance; on nostalgia for "disappearing" restaurants that never do vanish; on the architecture of the restaurant counter; on the timelessness and timeliness of diasporic culture; on representations of Chinese restaurants in popular music and installation art. Along the way, the reader is treated to truly remarkable discoveries about the history of the restaurant trade, the evolution of Chinese menus, the surprising covert presence of Chinese women in early twentieth-century lumber camps, and the recipe for lotus root soup.

The book is not a pop history or ethnography, but a scholarly monograph published by a university press in a cultural studies book series. The tone is lively, engaging and often soulful, with the writing conveying enormous respect for the men and women who frequently endured loneliness and privation in the formation of these diasporic communities. The book holds up a ubiquitous but often overlooked social phenomenon (the existence and persistence of Chinese restaurants in nearly every small town in Canada) to sustained, creative and enlightening cultural analysis.
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Well, I bought this book because this subject is really interesting and personal to me. But it's written in a language only an academic could possibly understand, which is discouraging and frustrating. And by academic I don't mean "went to university", I mean "has a masters in cultural studies theory".

I understand that not every book is intended or ought to be written for a general audience, but I wish someone would "translate" these ideas into regular english, so this non-academic chinese canadian reader could understand what's being written about us...

Some alternate books exploring this loose subject are Chow: From China to Canada by Janice Wong, Lives of the Family by Denise Chong, Canadians at Table by Dorothy Duncan, The Chinese Community in Toronto: Then and Now by Arlene Chan, Hua Song: Stories of the Chinese Diaspora by Christine Suchen Lim, etc.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Thompson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2011
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I am a serious 'foodie' with a general interest in Chinese food and a particular interest in how its export to the west has actually produced a separate and distinct cuisine in its own right. I was really looking forward to reading this book when I first saw it. I rather expected a broad look at North American Chinese food along the lines of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food except with a focus on Canada rather than the USA. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. This book is not even close to what I was looking for; rather its is an incredibly dense and obscure sociological/philosophical treatise which examines the Chinese diaspora using cuisine as the comparative frame of reference. The author does make an interesting point about 'Canadian Food' being almost exclusively defined by the menus in Chinese-Canadian restaurants and it is clear that she has made an extensive study of the evolution of menus in such establishments. Had these points been developed purely in the culinary sense I would have loved this book. Unfortunately, these interesting points served only as a springboard into ... well, I am not sure what! The writing here was so prolix, dense and jargon-laden that I was not sure if the author really had a valid point to make or was just pouring out nonsense in an orgy of over-analysis. Ultimately, I got weary of trying to find out an answer to the question and gave up about half-way through. Here is an example of the prose:

"In the context of identification, the idea of eating Chinese takes on the significance of a moment of violent incorporation with all of the cannibalistic connotations that accompany the moment of consumption.
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Dense to the point of being unreadable Jan. 7 2011
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I am a serious 'foodie' with a general interest in Chinese food and a particular interest in how its export to the west has actually produced a separate and distinct cuisine in its own right. I was really looking forward to reading this book when I first saw it. I rather expected a broad look at North American Chinese food along the lines of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food except with a focus on Canada rather than the USA. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. This book is not even close to what I was looking for; rather its is an incredibly dense and obscure sociological/philosophical treatise which examines the Chinese diaspora using cuisine as the comparative frame of reference. The author does make an interesting point about 'Canadian Food' being almost exclusively defined by the menus in Chinese-Canadian restaurants and it is clear that she has made an extensive study of the evolution of menus in such establishments. Had these points been developed purely in the culinary sense I would have loved this book. Unfortunately, these interesting points served only as a springboard into ... well, I am not sure what! The writing here was so prolix, dense and jargon-laden that I was not sure if the author really had a valid point to make or was just pouring out nonsense in an orgy of over-analysis. Ultimately, I got weary of trying to find out an answer to the question and gave up about half-way through. Here is an example of the prose:

"In the context of identification, the idea of eating Chinese takes on the significance of a moment of violent incorporation with all of the cannibalistic connotations that accompany the moment of consumption. However eating Chinese in Canada is not simply a mastery of Chinese otherness driven by the nutritional instinct. It is a repetition of the cannibalistic scene where the desire for violence is both preserved and repressed. It is at once an enactment and disavowal of violence, achieved through positivism of embracing otherness."

Uh... okay. Can I still get an egg-roll with that?

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