Mark Padoongpatt is an ethnic studies scholar with a focus on Asian/Pacific Islander American studies and twentieth century United States history. His research examines the history of race and ethnicity in American society, immigration, urban/suburban cultures, food, tourism, and sports. He is currently finishing a book that explores the historical relationship between food and identity in post-World War II United States, which focuses specifically on Thai food and how and why it became central to Thai American community and identity formation in Los Angeles. Padoongpatt will give a talk titled “Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America” as a part of the Asian American Studies series from the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Sponsored by RITM.