Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

"Eat the World": Postcolonial Encounters in Quebec City's Ethnic Restaurants

"Eat the World": Postcolonial Encounters in Quebec City's Ethnic Restaurants This article examines intercultural contact in Quebec City’s ethnic restaurants. The results of this multisited inquiry show that ethnic restaurants have developed rapidly, representing microspaces of intercultural encounter and exchange, places where people can see, touch, and consume the cuisine of the "other." More specifically, this article explores the ways in which eating reduces difference and distance; how it evokes cultural and geographical appropriation. Ethnic restaurants represent deterritorialized "ethnosites" in which the foreign is made familiar and the global miniaturized. They provide the opportunity to "taste" difference and to "eat" exotic cultures from faraway places without leaving home. In the same way that the bourgeois restaurant of the 19th century was a site for the consumption of the nation, through the presentation of regional cuisine, the ethnic restaurant has become in postcolonial societies a place for the consumption of the world. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

"Eat the World": Postcolonial Encounters in Quebec City's Ethnic Restaurants

Journal of American Folklore , Volume 115 (456) – Jan 4, 2002

Loading next page...
 
/lp/american-folklore-society/eat-the-world-postcolonial-encounters-in-quebec-city-s-ethnic-YPVo4Gq3wY
Publisher
American Folklore Society
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 by the American Folklore Society.
ISSN
1535-1882
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

This article examines intercultural contact in Quebec City’s ethnic restaurants. The results of this multisited inquiry show that ethnic restaurants have developed rapidly, representing microspaces of intercultural encounter and exchange, places where people can see, touch, and consume the cuisine of the "other." More specifically, this article explores the ways in which eating reduces difference and distance; how it evokes cultural and geographical appropriation. Ethnic restaurants represent deterritorialized "ethnosites" in which the foreign is made familiar and the global miniaturized. They provide the opportunity to "taste" difference and to "eat" exotic cultures from faraway places without leaving home. In the same way that the bourgeois restaurant of the 19th century was a site for the consumption of the nation, through the presentation of regional cuisine, the ethnic restaurant has become in postcolonial societies a place for the consumption of the world.

Journal

Journal of American FolkloreAmerican Folklore Society

Published: Jan 4, 2002

There are no references for this article.