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Important Research Achievements
[2018] Chinatown and Beyond: Ava Chin, Urban Foraging, and a New American Cityscape Chinatown and Beyond: Ava Chin, Urban Foraging, and a New American Cityscape
  • ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 25.1 (2018): 5-24.

In this essay, I consider how urban foraging reconnects urbanites’ body with the materiality of the city through flâneurs’ leisurely strolls. Rather than a fad, foraging wild edibles through ethnobotany subverts images of American cities from food desserts to sites of cultural and environmental fertility. I push towards articulating the ethical responsibility of forging an environmental pedagogy centered around urban foraging, cohabiting, and rewilding that it not at all sentimental, regressive or nostalgic. I interrogate submerged organicist models to show how we can understand literature as an ongoing process of agricultural and cultural world-building.



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