Study examines the eating habits of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Our friend Oliver Wang, professor of sociology at California State University Long Beach, is launching a pilot study to explore the eating habits of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he could use your help.
Take this quick online survey: AAPI Food Habits
Oliver says the study came from a simple question: how do AAPIs eat? Specifically, he and co-author Mike Hoa Nguyen were interested in how those of us raised in the United States make decisions about what to cook at home or eat in restaurants. How often do we prioritize some kind of Asian food — whether it’s the food linked to our family heritage or just any kind of Asian food — when we think about what we want to eat?
"For me, that’s pretty important," Oliver says. "I live in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley — practically the national capital for Asian American cuisine — and it's easy for me to take for granted how many restaurants and markets I have access to. It certainly shapes my meal decisions, whether I'm getting a bite out to eat or I'm cooking for my family."