Stereotypes, Family Values, and Chop Suey: Food, Authority, and Authenticity in the Novels of Timothy Mo
This chapter examines the relationship between eating and identity in Timothy Mo’s novels The Monkey King, Sour Sweet, and Renegade or Halo, drawing upon the critical work of Edward Said and Pheng Cheah and the sociological work of James L. Watson, H.D.R. Baker, and David Parker. Key topics addressed include diaspora, globalization, and the possibility (and difficulties) of comparing cultures. Other texts read alongside Mo’s fiction in this chapter include the travel writing of V.S. Naipaul, Jessica Hagedorn’s novel Dogeaters, and Mo’s own non-fiction.