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Food as Cultural Representation and Cultural Translation in Two Migratory Texts
Umeå universitet.
2007 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The term migration, which is used for a movement from one place to another, refers to both emigration and immigration; on the one hand, departing from one place/country and, on the other hand, entering another place/country. Departing, or exiting, from their “home” or “source” country, migrants leave not only their country but also their cultural environment behind, but, at the same time, they bring their “home” or “source” culture to the “host” or “target” country, where it is sometimes nostalgically remembered and sometimes altered and/or translated to the population of the “host” country. Food is a cultural signifier which not only serves as a memory of “home,” but also as a way for migrants to adapt to the “new” culture as well as to translate their home culture to a new audience. Exit is here seen as an element preceding attempts of bringing two cultural environments together.

 

I intend to focus on the representation of food as it figures in the two migratory texts Love and Vertigo by Hsu-Ming Teo and A Change of Skies by Yasmine Gooneratne. I intend to look at food more specifically in terms of a symbol of the “home” or “source” country and food as an image of cultural belonging. Food is also a way to introduce another culture to the population of the “new” or “target” country, thus cooking can be seen as an act of cultural translation.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25025ISBN: miljSkol (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25025DiVA: diva2:756846
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Exit in Literature and Culture – and in Life
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