Jiachen Zhang is a final-year doctoral researcher at the School of English, the University of Leeds. His doctoral research investigates representation of food and abjection in Asian American literature published between 1989 and 2003. He has published an article on Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club in Offal: Rejected and Reclaimed Food (Oxford: Polity Press, 2017).

Book Review: Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen

All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. In ‘Nothing Ever Dies’, Nguyen deals with the extensive ways of knowing and remembering wars in general, and delineates the identity crisis that arises from grappling with what some name the Vietnam War and what others would call the American War in Vietnam. Continue reading

Review: Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas: “Food and Work in the Americas” edited by Susan Levine and Steve Striffler

The essays in Labor seek to provide its readers with sustainable analysis of the unbreakable linkage of food and labor in different periods and locations of the Americas, thus successfully unveiling food as the crucial but often hidden aspect of production work. Continue reading