Eating Spaces and Places: Examining the Latin@ Barrio, Chinatown, and Black Urban Space as Sites of Collective and Social Imagination

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Hinkfuss, Kathlynn E.
Socially Imagined Space; Urban Space; Milwaukee; Chicago; North Minneapolis; Consumption; Eating the Other; Hot Cheetos and Takis; Mexican restaurant; Chinatown Gate; American Studies; Other American Studies
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I focus on three specific neighborhood tropes that are commonly understood and accepted in the American social imagination: the Latin@ Barrio, Chinatown, and Black Urban Space. I examine how these three neighborhood tropes show up in and play out on physical examples of these spaces. I identify three currently existing neighborhoods in the Upper Midwest: the South Side of Milwaukee, Chinatown in Chicago, and North Minneapolis. To more specifically interrogate the connection between the abstract and concrete, I argue that specific sites of analysis in each neighborhood are symbolically and physically consumed: the Mexican restaurant “La Perla” in Milwaukee, the Chinatown Gate in Chicago and the music video “Hot Cheetos and Takis” from Minneapolis.