Connecting Foodways : Cultural Entanglement in Inner Asia



Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek ve sborníku
Konference Proceedings of the 4th International Scientific Conference “Current issues in the study of history, foreign relations and culture of Asian countries
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Klíčová slova Tibetan food; Tibetans; Mongols; cultural entanglement
Popis The paper deals with the cultural aspects of foods and beverages in Inner Asia with focus on the Tibetan cultural realm. I argue that everyday foods illustrate cultural identity: Food(s) are vehicles for expressing culture. In fact, food is the base of every society and food and at the same time it is a tool to communicate ideas, values, identities, and attitudes. Being aware that Tibetan cuisine represents a combination of influences from China, Central Asia, Mongolia, India, and Nepal, for instance, I am questioning according to what criteria do the Tibetans qualify a foodstuff or a dish as “traditional” or even “unique”. I will, hence, validate the framework that food can produce control and coercion in both the political and social spheres.
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