Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities
Food Memory and Food Identity of Educated People Migrating From Turkey for Work or Higher Education
This Study Aims To Understand The Food Memory And Food Identity Of A Group Who Emigrated From Turkey For Education Or Work 30-40 Years Ago. For This Purpose, One-To-One In-Depth Interviews Were Conducted With 12 Women And 2 Men Living In North Carolina Using The Zoom Application. In The Interviews, Participants Said That They Are Connected To Their Roots With Turkish Food, And They Had Not Given Up On Cooking And Eating Turkish Dishes. The Memories They Described, Show The Food Memory And The Food Identity, Sub-Topics Of Food Anthropology, Which Exist In Migrants. Also, They Are Trying To Serve Turkish Food To Their Non-Turkish Friends And This Effort Seems To Be An Attempt To Show Their Identity With Their Food. Besides, It Can Also Be Said That They Were Influenced By Other Cuisines And Experienced A Cultural Diffusion.
keywords: Migration; Food Memory; Food Identity; Cultural Diffusion.