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Shawn Smallman

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: Global Studies and University Honors


International and Global Studies


Food habits -- Social aspects -- Taiwan, Taiwan national characteristics, Group identity -- Taiwan, Taiwan -- Social life and customs -- Japanese influences, Taiwan -- History -- 1895-1945, Nationalism




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.


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