Frank H. Wu (Howard University Law School) considers the controversial topic of dog-eating as a case study in the dilemmas of diversity. By analyzing the question "do Asians eat dogs?" and the possible answers available to Asian Americans, he concludes that only the response "why do you ask?" adequately addresses the ambiguities and ambivalence of the exchange. In providing numerous examples of the claims that Asians eat dogs, along with a typology of the answers given by Asian Americans, throughout history and in contemporary culture, the author concludes by suggesting that preliminary rules establishing the equality of all participants in the discussion are necessary to sustain civic society.

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