M. Moon on Immigrant Foodways

As I was reading through M. Moon’s Interpreting Food at Museums and Historic Sites  I came across this relevant passage:

Finding Familiar Food

The first shared food experience many immigrants have is displacement. Though willing to accept tremendous lifestyle changes, immigrants have generally been unwilling to abandon familiar food. In new environments, immigrants used a common set of strategies to find food they could accept:

  • experimenting with substitutions
  • expanding home food production
  • developing a culturally specific food supply

Moon takes a broader approach to how immigrant communities weave food into their identity expression. Our exhibit delves into the personal responses of three Toronto-based artists from different cultural backgrounds and immigrant communities. Each in their own way, the food familiar to their cultural identity has nuanced their exploration of self and artistic practice.

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Place Settings: Diasporic Food Identities is on now until July 3rd at the Doris McArthy Gallery in the University of Toronto Scarborough.


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