2023-2024 Catalog

FYS 2 Eating Culture: Food, Race and Migration

This seminar explores the relationship between food, race, and migration in historical and contemporary U.S. contexts. The course is organized thematically with a fundamental consideration of how and why food has shaped the contours of migrant communities and collective identities. Through Ethnic Studies frames and topics such as cultural memory, labor, agriculture, authenticity, gentrification, and health, we will examine debates about the role of food in assimilation, transculturation, and the interplay of race, class, and gender. Students will also draw connections between migration and the production, distribution and consumption of food. California as a subject of study and a collaborative food justice and migrant rights project will play prominent roles in our studies.

This course is part of the Humanities for Just Communities (HJC) curriculum. Open only to first year frosh.


4 units


PHIL 239