This thesis explores new systems of gathering and archiving the complexities of cultural traditions and personal relationships. Specifically, the role of food as an amplifier and catalyst for these relationships was investigated. Eat/Gather illustrates this parallel in a book series chronicling the making of seasonal Japanese American foods. In each volume, personal stories told by the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese Americans) are woven together to narrate the shared process of making one specific traditional food.
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