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East Asian Food and Identity

Session(s) date

Session(s) date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 1:00pm

This two-week course will look at the globalization and consumption of East Asian food. 

Application deadline: Sunday, July 18, 2021


Food and foodways follow people as they move to new places. Diets change with changing work schedules and living standards. Changes in transportation and demand have changed how food is produced and distributed. In this online seminar, you’ll learn about the globalization and consumption of East Asian food. What do people eat and why? What is the place of food in family habits and rituals? Why do some dishes become spectacularly popular outside their homeland and others don’t?   

This seminar includes:

  • video presentations 
  • readings
  • mandatory online forum participation
  • one-hour long orientation via Zoom
  • four live online Zoom discussions with an instructor (Mons/Thurs, 1-2:30pm Pacific Time).


  • 3 Continuing Education Units (processing fee applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Online resources and materials
*Must complete seminar requirements
Reading assignments and pre-recorded lectures for each week will be available in an online forum and are to be completed prior to the discussion sessions. Access and log-in information will be provided upon acceptance into the course. Please refer to the Seminar Requirements for details on assignments and course completion.
Session Date Time (PT)  Speaker Topic


Thursday, 7/22 1-2pm

Clay Dube,

USC U.S.-China Institute

Introduction & Orientation
1 Monday, 7/26 1-2:30pm

Jennifer 8. Lee,

Plympton (former NY Times) 

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Chinese Food in America
2 Thursday, 7/29 1-2:30pm

Fred Gale

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Changing Chinese Diets and World Markets
3 Monday, 8/2 1-2:30pm

Eric Rath

The University of Kansas

Japan’s Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity 
4 Thursday, 8/5 1-2:30pm

Jennifer Jung-Kim,


Korean Foodways


This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

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