Family happens in 86 of all asian american families

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Family happens in 86% of all Asian American families, average family meal among Asian Americans last about 41 minutes, average course is about 2.9 courses vs African Americans have less than half for having together, last 33 minutes, with 3.1 courses B. Not all meals are created equal a. Meal is historical cultural constructions b. Dinner i. Changes in what and how early Americans cooked their food 1. Overtime, americans assigned significance over different meals
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2. When Europeans came to US, they despised Native Americans b/c they believe Indians just ate whatever they want and however they want → Europeans didn’t have well established meal patterns but started to developed that there should 3 meals a day w/ one of them to be the main meal 3. First meal: breakfast was paid more attention before with European Americans than it is today (today people skip breakfast) 4. Dinner for colonial americans say that dinner is the most important meal ii. Changes in dinner time: noon time → evening time b. Luncheon i. Less and less important of noon meals due to industrialization and urbanization ii. Became a light meal for people iii. Luncheon characterizes the light meal of the day b. Industrialization and urbanization i. Agriculture workers thought dinner was so important because they worked hard and is looking to eat once they are done with their work around noon ii. Urbanization → increase separation from food preparation, time is no longer decided by our own schedule, but by the demand of the market, few people have time to take a long break around noon time iii. Wealthy around that time wanted to have more time to make lavious meals (around 1880s) iv. Two views: one family can have dinner around noon while others have dinner around evening Functions & Changing Meanings of Meals A. Gender: power relations in the meal a. Meals as a site for understanding the division of labor and power between men and women b. 1995: 74% of home cooking by women c. 2002: among working couples w/ children, 77% of women took greater responsibility for cooking d. 2008: 59.9% of women worked i. Inequality becomes more evident when women started to work b. Similar patterns in other western countries B. Meals remains difficult to come by for many families a.
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