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15th Annual Endowed Bernard Gallin Lecture in Asian Anthropology
March 29, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
“This is not my mother’s adobo!: Shame, Authenticity and Cultural Appropriation in the Filipino Culinary Diaspora”
Martin F. Manalansan IV (Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
In an era where cultural appropriation in the arts are part of raging debates while in other venues, culinary pundits have declared Filipino cuisine as the “newest foodie trend,” this presentation utilizes experiences of Filipino Americans as pivots for exposing the tensions and ambivalent energies of these two ongoing events. This presentation demonstrates how idioms of shame and the migrant investments in culinary authenticity have become ingredients for an unpalatable smorgasbord of ideas, attitudes and politics. Instead, the argument turns to a queer anthropological framework that regurgitates shame and appropriation into openings rather than barriers to culinary cultural capaciousness.