From Chop Suey to Haute Cuisine: A Case Study in American “Ethnic Food” (Book Reviews)

March 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Liu, Haiming. From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express: A History of Chinese Food in the United States. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Ray, Krishnendu. The Ethnic Restaurateur. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Reviewed in: The Los Angeles Review of Books, March 20, 2017

Everyone Loves an Underdog: Learning From Linsanity

April 27th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

“Everyone Loves an Underdog: Learning From Linsanity.” In Asian American Sporting Cultures. Edited by S. Thangaraj, C. Armaldo Jr., and C. Chin. New York: NYU Press. 2016. Book chapter, refereed.

Book review of “The Making of Asian America”

September 4th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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Lee, Erika. The Making of Asian America: A History. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Reviewed in: New York Times Sunday Book ReviewSeptember 4, 2015

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area

April 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Legions of Boom: Mobility, Identity and Filipino American Disc Jockeys in the San Francisco Bay Area. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2015.
Monograph, refereed.

(Visit my dedicated website for the book)

Book review of “L.A. Son : My Life, My City, My Food” and “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.”

April 27th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Choi, Roy. L.A. Son : My Life, My City, My Food. Ecco, 2013.

Huang, Eddie. Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. Spiel, 2013.

Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books, April 27, 2014.

Between the Notes…

November 8th, 2001 § 0 comments § permalink


Between the Notes: Finding Asian America in Popular Music.” American Music, 19(4), Winter 2001.

Journal article (solicited, refereed).

Examines how trends in Asian American popular music-making reflects changes, tensions and aspirations within the Asian American community from the 1970s until present.


Background: This essay, my first published piece of academic work, represented a culmination of nearly 10 years spent researching the politics of identity amongst Asian American musicians. As an undergraduate and graduate student – as well as arts journalist – I had interviewed many Asian Americans involved in jazz, folk and hip-hop and used this essay as an opportunity to lay out ideas about how those musicians perceived the role of race and identity within their work. Asian American music is still largely understudied and theorized in my opinion (the excellent work of my mentor Deborah Wong excepted) and especially with the seeming explosion of musical interest in a younger generation of Asian Americans during the ’00s, there’s many new ideas to bring into that conversation.