Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

International and Global Studies

First Advisor

Shawn Smallman

Subjects

Food -- Social aspects -- Taiwan, Food habits -- Taiwan, Taiwanese cooking, Taiwanese national characteristics

DOI

10.15760/honors.450

Abstract

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

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and International and Global Studies.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20465

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