A Brief Introduction to Anthropological Perspectives on Diet: Insights into the Study of Overseas Chinese

Lim Chan Ing


Anthropology has long been interested in human diets. The main objective of this article is to introduce the perspective of cultural anthropology about food in culture, and the way by which food embodies the relevant sociocultural significances. The case studies chosen cover the study of the Chinese in Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as studies conducted in the Asia and Pacific Islands. The short review in this article aims to provide some ideas and case studies about the interrelationship between food and culture. The anthropological perspective of food in different cultures may provide an insight into the study of Overseas Chinese and help to expand it to a wider concern on a variety of human activities. In this way, the writer believes the study of Overseas Chinese can mark its particularity, research value and potential in world academia.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ach.v3n1p86

Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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