Food and Identity Construction

The impact of colonization in Indonesian society

Authored by: Christina Nope-Williams

Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138669918
eBook ISBN: 9781315617916
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This chapter examines how the legacy of colonization has influenced the construction of identity and gender through the medium of food in Indonesia, applying textual and ethnographic analyses. Particular ingredients, dishes, and methods of cooking became symbols of race and class, differentiating colonizer and colonized. When Indonesia gained independence in 1945, Indonesians started tearing down the culinary barriers and attempted to consume foods and other food practices deemed only appropriate to the colonizers.

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