Domestic Orientialism: Cooking Up the Middle East in Post-War America

  • Jennifer Dueck, History, University of Manitoba; Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, March 9, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor
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  • Beyond headlines depicting oil sheikhs or terrorists, Americans of the post-WW2 twentieth century encountered the Arab world through restaurants and recipes. In her talk, Jennifer Dueck explores how culinary representations of the Middle East and North Africa emerged in the United States, and what those representations taught Americans to understand about a region that was frequently so polemicized in the mainstream news media. Drawn from the book she is currently writing about the globalization of Middle Eastern and North African cuisines, her talk illustrates the striking diversity of images used to represent this complex region for American culinary consumers. Including examples from exotic orientalist food fantasies, to Armenian and Jewish diaspora cooking, to the Mediterranean diet fad, to Arab immigrant communities, this talk demonstrates how culinary representations served a surprisingly wide range of political and cultural agendas.
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When
March 9th, 2020 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
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Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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