Date of Award
International and Global Studies
Food -- Social aspects -- Taiwan, Food habits -- Taiwan, Taiwanese cooking, Taiwanese national characteristics
This paper explores the relationship between food, culture, and national identity in the Taiwanese context. Beginning with a review of relevant Taiwanese history, this paper then shifts into a theoretical discussion on the topics of hybridity, globalization, identity formation, and how cuisine impacts cultural and national identity. In order to understand how these theories operate in Taiwan, a discussion of three topics is then presented: Aboriginal culture and cuisine, Japanese colonial history and its impact on Taiwanese identity, and Taiwanese-specialty foods as a symbol of national identity. Taiwan has created a unique cultural heritage using cuisine (among other cultural elements), and understanding the Taiwanese perspective on their own identity is crucial in order to fully understand modern international relations in East Asia.
Keywords: Taiwan, national identity, food culture, cultural identity formation
Pfau, Cassidy A., "Cultural Identity and Cuisine in Taiwan" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 453.