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food, identity and the immigrant experience

312 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 315 /H [ 1005 374 ] /L 151912 /E 62693 /N 16 /T 145553 >> endobj xref 312 18 0000000016 00000 n Image 1 Details: My grandparents and their four children at their laundromat, circa 1968. trailer << /Size 330 /Info 307 0 R /Root 313 0 R /Prev 145542 /ID[] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 313 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Pages 310 0 R /Metadata 308 0 R /StructTreeRoot 314 0 R /OpenAction [ 315 0 R /XYZ null null null ] /PageMode /UseNone /PageLabels 306 0 R >> endobj 314 0 obj << /Type /StructTreeRoot /ParentTree 304 0 R /ParentTreeNextKey 16 /K [ 50 0 R ] >> endobj 328 0 obj << /S 252 /L 310 /C 326 /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 329 0 R >> stream 0000004173 00000 n 0000027797 00000 n This study examines the role of food and foodways in identity maintenance and formation for Latino individuals in Ithaca, New York. The rarity with which she was given the chance to “eat anything but rice” made eating American food a sacred experience, however, concurrently, such infrequency merely served as a reminder of her otherness. It is as much spaghetti with marina sauce as it is ramen noodles with ketchup. She explains that when she was young, though she was born in this country, she would never describe her identity as American: “First and foremost, I considered myself Chinese. This site needs JavaScript to work properly. �����]�6��Rʠn�O�}p~1f��a�G9IC�fA� \�v�����YvJ�FF��`U�u,O]�]�����H��ަwP͔��[�R��sRC%�MDq��m%��'�\�Nt:>,�R>�΍O2��I�!�8*��F W�ɉ��L�I��$9%1���8$��$|H Its definition is fluid and changes not only for individuals of different identities, but transforms as those individuals’ own identities develop over time. Hasia R. Diner, in mapping the foodways of 20th century Italian, Irish and Jewish immigrants to America, explains that “how people experienced hunger…had everything to do with who they were, where they came from, and where they went.”[1] As it relates to American food, immigrants share a common outsider status that initially places them on the outskirts of American society. Experiences of discrimination in her youth disconnected my mother from her American identity. 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And as the flow of immigrants to this nation constantly redefines what it means to be an American citizen, they subsequently redefine American food. 2018 Mar;118(3):431-439. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.10.008. Contextualizing the immigrant experience: the role of food and foodways in identity maintenance and formation for first- and second-generation Latinos in Ithaca, New York. My mother was born in America, in the small seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1964. We’re not the first to talk about this – food identity is something that’s been well–researched in academia – and is well documented in all cultural explorations. American food is and will forever be fusion food. Epub 2017 Dec 28. 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Diner illustrates how for Italian immigrants, their refusal to lose their “Italianness” would ironically catalyze the evolution of an Italian-American food culture based on a fusion of iconic Italian foods with American foods to create “a distinctive way of life in America.”[2] For African American migrants, their African heritage mixed with their experiences of being forced into slavery influenced the core ingredients and stylings of what would come to be known as Soul Food, now a “commonplace in American cities.”[3] For my mother, her parents’ Chinese immigrant identity and their socioeconomic status in American society would influence conceptions of American food for their four children and many grandchildren to come. [6] However, beginning with the first immigrants to America, followed by the forced migration of African slaves, the voluntary immigration of the Italians, Irish and Jewish in the early 20th century, that of my grandparents in the 1950s and more, the idea of “New American” food has always existed, merely being remolded, refined, and re-innovated with each subsequent generation. Thus, whether it is on a macro or micro scale, immigrant identities are constantly challenging definitions of Americanness and American food, each in a distinct manner. 2007 May;8(2):93-106. doi: 10.1177/1527154407301751. Tracing immigrant identity through the plate and the palate Teresa M. Mares University of Vermont, Burlington. 0000025119 00000 n For my mother, as she established her own independence and built a successful life for herself, her perception of and relationship with American food evolved alongside her maturing identity. American food is both inclusive and exclusive, allowing for some to feel unified with American society and others to feel disconnected from it. Meatloaf in particular seemed to hold a special place in her memory. The expanded freedoms and independence that came with growing-up signified greater access to the American foods she had only occasionally enjoyed in her youth. �����Ǽ�R��Z��1�n,klq��Y9g"���r�L\>/��h����yh~AтJ#z:ϝ@�A�^�΢~�TEKxn/�ZP�Ӈ����evVA�ڜ< ��b. [5] As new immigrants and thus new cultures and foodways contribute to the American melting pot, many speak of the rise of “New American” fusion food. 0000001576 00000 n Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. In this way, as much as food (American food, in particular) can be inclusive in bringing people together, it can be equally exclusive in separating certain individuals from the larger culture.

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