Ornaments invoking the exotic elegance of far-away Asia brought customers in the door to try new styles of cuisine, unfamiliar to most early twentieth century Minnesotans. Similar designs still pervade the decor of many local Asian-themed restaurants, incorporating the historical traditions of Asian American food culture—along with tropes that, with the experience of a century, can be interpreted as stereotypical and demeaning.
We’re pondering Orientalism and Americanness (and racism and sexism) in Twin Cities restaurant culture— let us know what you think!
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