Racial minorities in the U.S. are often tormented by the tension between the corporeal and the ontological, with the former experienced as confining and the latter expansive. Such ambivalence often expresses itself in ones relationship with food. Here I propose to illustrate how Jacques Lacans psychoanalytical theory on desire can assist us in understanding ethnicity as a bodily performance, which I venture to call an embodied ontology, aplying this concept to Bich Minh Nguyen's Stealing Buddhas Dinner (2007).
"A Psychoanalytical Approach to Bich Minh Nguyens Stealing Buddhas Dinner,"
Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies:
Vol. 2, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/aaldp/vol2/iss1/3