Editor’s Note on “My Adventures with the American Diet,” a Series by Chunyan Song

By Chunyan Song

California State University, Chico

Introductory Note to Series

Chunyan Song is my good friend and colleague at California State University, Chico. She emigrated to the United States from China in 1999 to study for a PhD in Sociology, and marry her husband Josh. She eventually ended up at Chico State where we have taught together for many years. The following six essays are her reflections on the 17 years she has spent eating in the United States—everything from a daily Burger King, to gluten free. (Her family is somewhere in-between).

 There are six linked essays, which are linked here. Read them in order, or read them one at a time. They are truly a nice look at the American culture with a ethnographic eye. Tony Waters.

Editor’s Note

I. Introduction: We Are What We Eat

II. Edibles and Non-edibles

III. Mass Food Production and its Ills

IV.  The Sad SAD Diet

V.  Identity–You Are What You Eat

VI.  Conclusion–The American Diet