As a linguistic anthropologist largely interested in diasporic identities in the United States, I’m fascinated by the linguistic negotiation of “Asian” and “American” identities by those who self-identify as Asian American. Of particular interest to me are the practices of individuals with “contested” Asian American identities because they are monolingual English speakers and/or they self-identify (and are identified by others) as multiethnic or multiracial. Other interests include the role of food and cuisine in identity; linguistic ideologies; and gender and sexuality, especially the intersection of gender and sexuality with video gaming communities.
My master's thesis examined the ways in which Eddie Huang spoke about different foods in various situations and how such food discourse was a means for performing an ethno-racial identity interactionally.
Gulping Brews From Pints & Sipping Ales From Tulips: Crafting Masculinities Through Beer
Project: Anthropology Conference Presentation on Beer and Gender
Problem/Goal: A 15 minute presentation for an academic conference
Stakeholders: Members of the conference panel (other presenters and the discussant); audience (academics, students, independent scholars)
Details: The presentation (and an accompanying paper) was for a panel at the American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting in 2015. The panel, "Materiality in and Through the Lens of Food," focused on how social and cultural meanings are associated with food and drink. My paper used a Budweiser advertisement that first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl, and internet comments in response to it, to discuss how the categories of "macro" and "craft" beer were linked to ideas of masculinity. The presentation needed to provide enough information to help me share what I found with an audience that had varying degrees of knowledge and experience with food studies and/or the anthropological subfield of linguistic anthropology.