Translating refugee culinary cultures: Hong Kong’s narratives of integration

Marija Todorova*

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Abstract

Several non-profit organizations provide asylum claimants in Hong Kong a platform to engage in activities that help them integrate into the local community. These activities include sharing food and recipes with the aim of introducing Hongkongers to refugee cultures. Based on interviews with representatives from two charities and analysis of two cookbooks and a website with food-related refugee stories, this article investigates food preparation by asylum seekers as a translation activity influenced by food materiality and its cultural significance. The analysis reveals how food and its preparation, when examined as community translation events and products, serves as a tool for intercultural mediation that allows refugees and asylum seekers to communicate their culture and negotiate their place in the local community, helping establish meaningful connections with the local population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-110
Number of pages23
JournalTranslation and Interpreting Studies
Volume17
Issue number1
Early online date13 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • food
  • materiality
  • refugees
  • translation
  • Food

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