Farm-to-Freedom: Vietnamese Americans and Their Food Gardens (Gideon Lincecum Nature and Environment Series) (Paperback)

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Farm-to-Freedom: Vietnamese Americans and Their Food Gardens (Gideon Lincecum Nature and Environment Series) (Paperback)

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Home gardens, in addition to providing sustenance and satisfaction, embody a sense of self identity. In this groundbreaking work on Vietnamese foodways, Farm-to-Freedom: Vietnamese Americans and Their Food Gardens brings to light how the Vietnamese diasporic population in Texas uses gardens literally and figuratively to set down roots in a new country.

These gardens, often hidden in plain sight, establish the seat of Vietnamese immigrant culture, according to author Roy Francis Vũ. They can also offer Vietnamese Americans an empowering pathway to forging a new homeland duality by retaining ties to the foods and environs they drew comfort from in Vietnam.

Farm-to-Freedom uses the concept of emancipatory foodways as a lens into gardens that serve a semi-palliative purpose by succoring the experienced tragedies of war and exile for Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans, which arguably adds another dimension to the importance of the home garden. Vũ covers topics including but not limited to culinary citizenship, food democracy, culinary justice, and food sovereignty. Farm-to-Freedom reveals how these gardens not only provide those who tend them a greater sense of security and agency in an unfamiliar land but also give them the means to preserve and expand Vietnamese cuisine for themselves while simultaneously enriching food culture in the United States.

With a wealth of original oral histories, community-based recipes and poetry, and photographs of home gardens in suburban and urban settings, Farm-to-Freedom provides a deeper understanding of the Vietnamese diaspora in Texas for scholars, professionals, and general readers alike.

ROY VŨ is a history professor at Dallas College North Lake Campus and an advisory board member for Foodways Texas, Keep Irving Beautiful, and Plant It Forward, an organization working to empower refugees to develop sustainable farming businesses that produce fresh, healthy food for the community. His previous books include Our Finite Bounty: An Anthology of Sustainable Topics and Feasted Landscapes: Sustainability in American Topics. He lives in Irving, Texas.
Product Details ISBN: 9781648431852
ISBN-10: 1648431852
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2024
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Gideon Lincecum Nature and Environment Series