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Eight Essays on Chinese-American Immigration and Identity

Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Jenny Tinghui Zhangd, University of Wyoming

Publication Date: 2018
Location: China

Research Question
What exactly is that relationship? How does this duality affect their relationship with themselves and their understanding of their culture identity? In what ways is it detrimental, dangerous even? What kind of role does food play now and moving forward in Chinese-American immigrants’ lives?

Significance
In Chinese culture, love is expressed through food. However, this is at odds with the wider expectation of what beauty is: remaining thin. For Chinese-American immigrants, this dissonance is multiplied when compounded with America’s attitudes towards food, beauty and health.

Methods Used
Interviewing Chinese-American immigrants as well as mainland Chinese residents. Current research on American and Chinese foodways, and speaking with professors at Beida (Peking) University and Changchun Normal University during my research trip.

Conclusions/Outcomes
The goal is to report and analyze these findings in essays. These essays will not only recount my research, but also begin the conversation on an issue that many Chinese-Americans are familiar with, but rarely have an opportunity to talk about.

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