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The Indigenization and Hybridization of Food Cultures in Singapore

Authors: Lim, Tai Wei

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  • Examines multi-dialect cultural spaces in the consumption of cooked food in Singapore
  • Considers the indigenization of foreign foods in Singapore, using two case studies of hipster food – Japanese and Korean
  • Studies the processes of hybridization and indigenized to suit local tastes, fashion and trends
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This pivot considers the use of porcelain vessels within multi-dialect cultural spaces in the consumption of cooked food in Singapore. In a place of ubiquitous hawker centres and kopitiams (coffee shops), the potteries used to serve hawker foods have a strong presence in the culinary culture of Singaporeans. The book looks at the relationship between those utensils, the food/drinks that are served as well as the symbolic, historical, socio-cultural and socioeconomic implications of using different kinds of porcelain/pottery wares. It also examines the indigenization of foreign foods in Singapore, using two case studies of hipster food – Japanese and Korean. While authentic Japanese and Korean cuisines find resonance amongst the youths of East Asia, some of them have adapted hybrid local features in terms of sourcing for local ingredients due to costs and availability factors. The book considers how these foods are hybridized and indigenized to suit local tastes, fashion and trends, and offers a key read for East Asian specialists, anthropologists and sociologists interested in East Asian societies.

About the authors

Tai Wei Lim is a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and a Senior Research Fellow adj. at the National University of Singapore (NUS) East Asian Institute (EAI). He teaches world history and East Asian history-related courses at the SUSS and researches on heritage issues as well as industrial technological changes. He has also done research on the ceramics industries and mass production in Jingdezhen (China), Arita (Japan), Yingge (Taiwan) and urban pottery clusters in Hong Kong. He has an interest in the history of export porcelain wares from Jingdezhen/Arita.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-6

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Food Vessels: A Brief Historical Survey of Ceramics Use for Food Consumption in Singapore’s Hawker Centres and Coffee Shops (kopitiams)

    Pages 7-20

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Diversity in Southeast Asian Serving Vessels

    Pages 21-48

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Late Modernity: Food-Serving Vessels Used in the Mid-Twentieth Century

    Pages 49-70

    Lim, Tai Wei

  • Promoting Singapore-Japan Ties Through the Soft Cultural Power of Food Diplomacy: The Hybridization, Cross-Pollination and Indigenization of Contemporary Japanese Food Culture in Singapore

    Pages 73-88

    Lim, Tai Wei

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eBook 42,79 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-8694-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Indigenization and Hybridization of Food Cultures in Singapore
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8695-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8695-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8694-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 111
Number of Illustrations
104 b/w illustrations
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