115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Food Studies I

Session Chair: 
Norah Ashe-McNalley, University of Southern California
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Eiben 207
Topic Area: 


  1. Monique Mironesco, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
    This paper traces the development of cultural representations of food systems in Hawai'i.  Industry representations define the settler colonial plantation context as the dominant agricultural history of Hawai'i.  Pineapple and sugar industrial films portrayed plantations and agricultural fields as sources of jobs and identity creation in Hawai‘i in the 1940-60s.  Current educational/advertising films continue this tradition, contributing to a skewed representation of agriculture on O'ahu.
  2. Jeremy Tirrell, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
    This paper uses theories of materialist rhetoric to examine how the food product Soylent and the cold juice press Juicero foster consumption that is simultaneously conspicuous and invisible. Although both products function as overt performative lifestyle markers, they obscure their nutritional elements and the material aspects of their production through divergent abstractions.
  3. Jacqui Kong, Monash University (Malaysia)
    In this paper, I explore how the concept of ‘home’ is depicted in the culinary memoirs, narratives, and television programs of diasporic Chinese celebrity chefs such as Kylie Kwong, Poh Ling Yeow, and Ching-he Huang. I utilize textual analysis in order to examine these rich visual media texts authored by the chefs, such as the cooking television programs which they host, and the cookbooks which they have written.
  4. Josie Glore, University of Southern California
    In this paper, I will analyze how Chef’s Table employs the locational and aim-oriented spectra identified in the cooking show genre while simultaneously utilizing the functions of documentary in a way that allows it to reside within both genres. 
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