Foodways and Transnational Identities across Hong Kong & Toronto

Food choices and eating practices are ways in which a community constructs a shared cultural identity and in which one constructs their self-identity. Therefore, food choices are strong indicators of cultural and social changes. This project takes a look the characteristics of restaurant selection of Emily P., an immigrant from Hong Kong to Toronto, who later returned to Hong Kong 15 years after moving to Canada. Through the analysis of her restaurant picks across Hong Kong and Toronto, the way Emily P. navigates through her cultural and self identity is unveiled. Also, this project gives insight into the construction and perpetuation of diasporic identity through food and foodways.

Alice Leung