With case studies from the USA, Canada, Chile, and other countries in Latin America, American Chinese Restaurants examines the lived experiences of what it is like to work in a Chinese restaurant.
The book provides ethnographic insights on small family business, struggling immigrant parents, and kids working, living and growing up in an American Chinese restaurant. This is the first book to use personal histories to document analyze American Chinese restaurant world. New narratives by various international and American contributors have presented Chinese restaurant as a dynamic place that questions notions of identity, ethnicity, transnationalism, industrialization, (post)modernity, assimilation, public and civic spheres, and socioeconomic differences.
American Chinese Restaurants will be of interest to general readers as well as to scholars, college students from undergraduate to graduate level, who wish to know Chinese restaurant life and understand relationship between food and society.