Identity, Domestic, Ritual, Reconciliation, Chinese American, Food Practices
The Domestic sphere of the Chinese American home is a promising site where continuous identities and memories of routine name are at play. In the kitchen, engaging in rituals of food making - a natural home endeavor- fosters reconnection and reconciliation with a past identity long forgotten. Architectural extrapolation is then seen through means of practices like fermenting vegetables and observation of domestic rituals between the individuals and their surroundings - whether it be the orchestration of food (the process), the jar in which the vegetables and brine rest (the vessel), or the patterns of kitchen utilities being used (the environment). From defamiliarizing these built constructs, we aim to challenge the often independent and disconnected nature of pickling by focusing on reconstructing objects made for Chinese American diaspora. These objects will be constructed to reflect their emerging sensibilities, providing intrinsic comfort in the practices they dictate and serving as a living heirloom echoing forgotten identity.
Na Li, Ying; Ly, Rachel; and Sun, Skylar, "Vesseled Cultures; Figures of Diasporic Comforts" (2022). Architecture Senior Theses. 531.
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