chapter  9
Eating Different, Looking Different: Food in Asian American Childhood
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As the memoirs above suggest, children’s literature as well as literary texts about childhood are frequently “fi lled with food-related images, notions, and

values: hospitality, gluttony, celebration, tradition, appetite, obesity” (Katz 192). These two scenarios are examples in which Chinese and Japanese American children have come to terms with their ethnic identity through food consumption as well as through cooking and dining customs. When the authors, Jade Snow Wong and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, later revisit their respective girlhoods in writing, the images of particular food and mealtime practices stand out in their memories.