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LESSON 7
FOOD AS RESISTANCE: FOOD PATHWAYS AND HOPE

DESCRIPTION: THIS LESSON PLAN WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO REFLECT ON WHAT THEY HAVE
LEARNED THROUGH THE COURSE OF THIS UNIT. STUDETS WILL SHARE THEIR FAMILY RECIPE
LOCATING PROJECT.

GUIDING QUESTIONS: HOW IS FOOD (THE ACT OF COOKING, EATING, AND SHARING) A FORM OF
RESISTANCE? WHAT IS IT RESISTANCE TO?

PURPOSE/AIM:
• STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO OBSERVE HOW HER/HISTORY IS TRANSFERRED FROM
GENERATION TO GENERATION BY TAKING NOTES OF ORAL HER/HISTORY
PRESENTATIONS
• STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE THEIR STORIES TO CLASS THORUGH A ORAL
PRESENTATION (PUBLIC SPEAKING)

MATERIALS:
Paper
Pencils
Dry Erase Board
Dry Erase Markers

PART 1: CULTURAL ENERGIZER

TITLE:
STEP DESCRIPTION: TIME

1 The instructor will start class by reading a quote from the article 5 minutes
“Feast of Resistance” by Toni Osumi. The quote is as follows:

“Food is loaded with socio-political meaning. Food and foodways


– the processes surrounding its collection, preparation,
distribution, and consumption – bind individuals together, serve
as mediums of intergroup communications, signify cultural
celebrations and provide a context for performance of group
rituals. As an expression of culture, foodways act as daily
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reminders of our ethnic heritages and help define the boundaries


between in-group and out-group status. More than just providing
nourishment, by playing a part in our collective experiences,
foodways have the ability to help us define and understand the
Asian American experience.

This paper will argue the importance in viewing foodways as a


tool to retain a sense of ethnic identity in face of “cultural
invasion” by mainstream ideology. It will also demonstrate how
further “cultural resistance” can be created through the conscious
use of Asian American Studies and food items to form a “Feast of
Resistance”, a communal meal used to teach Asian American
history” (p. 1).

The instructor will explain that this quote will guide the discussion
for the following two days of class.

2 After the instructor reads the quote, students will then be given 5 2 minutes
minutes to prepare themselves to give their 1-minute speeches to
class.

PART 2: CRITICAL CONCEPTS

TITLE OF LECTURE OR KEYNOTE/PPT PRESENTATION:


STEP DESCRIPTION TIME

1 40
Student presentations: Summarize your experiences in a 1-minute minute
speech about your experiences from the project. Feel free to pull quotes s
that stood out during the interview, key points stated in your paper,
memorable moments, etc. You may use your written/visual reflection as a
blueprint for your oral presentation.

2 Students who are not presenting are instructed to take notes on their
classmate’s experiences. This will be turned in at the end of the class for
credit.
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PART 3: COMMUNITY COLLABORATION AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION

WRITTEN RELFECTION
STEP DESCRIPTION TIME

1 The instructor will allow time for students to reflect on their 10 minutes
discussion during the class period. Students will be give 20
minutes to free-write and answer the following questions:

1. What did you learn that you did not know before about the
person you interviewed and about food?
2. Is there any additional information or history that you would
like to know about your family and their food traditions?
3. What did you learn about yourself after completing this
project?
4. How does the food you and your family eat affect you?
Would you be a different person if you ate different food?
5. Has your perspective of your family/the person you
interviewed changed? If so, how?

Teachers Note
What is not finished in class, may be completed for homework.

PART 4: CONCLUSIVE DIALOGUE/CRITICAL CIRCULAR EXCHANGE

ASSESSMENT: HOW WILL THE STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?

STUDENTS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THEIR RELFECTION ON THE FREEWRITE QUESTIONS. STUDENTS


SOULD ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS COMPLETELY AND BE THOUGHTFUL IN THEIR ANSWERS. STUDENTS
WILL BE ASSESSED ON THEIR ABILITY TO SHARE THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO THEIR NARRATIVE ABOUT
THEIR FOOD. THEY WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE THEIR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS, CLARITY, AND
CONNECTION TO THEIR FOOD. THEY WILL ASLO BE EVALUATED ON THE DEPTH OF THEIR WRITTEN
REFLECTION.

RESOURCES AND NOTES

RESOURCES
● FEAST OF RESISTANCE – TONI OSUMI