Lopez-Thismon, Natalia

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Spring 5-2-2019


As a core part of Asian values, family plays a huge role in developing the individual’s identity. Family strongly contributes to the passing down of traditions and values. The expression of cultural values can be observed through many surface-level interactions such as food and meal rituals. This auto-ethnography explores the link between food and culture, specifically how it serves as a vehicle of communication that passes down traditions and values. The underlying core values of hospitality, respect, and sacrifice stand emerged from the thematic analysis conducted. Overall, food can be understood as a tangible expression of love: creating something for someone else and giving the energy they need to survive. Not only that, the preparation of food and meals facilitates bonding, the sharing of ideas, creating unity, and the passing of values from generation to generation.