South and Southeast Asian 39 Sec. 3: Sinigang Stories: Philippine Cuisine Narratives

Category: Freshman and Sophomore Seminars
Course #: 30784
Units: 2
Times and Locations:

Th 9-11

Evans 47

Have you tasted sinigang, lumpia, adobo, or for the adventurous, even balut? This seminar course focuses on Philippine cuisine and literary works that use Filipino food as inspiration, theme, or metaphor. Each class uses a particular dish, cooking method, or Filipino ingredient as a starting point in the discussion of Philippine literature, culture, and history. Among the questions the course explores are: How can we understand the way of life and belief systems of the ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines through their cuisines? How can we study Philippine cuisine and literature in the contexts of geography and the cuisines of Southeast Asia, the Filipino colonial experience, and globalization? How has food inspired, informed, and influenced literary texts?