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Cultural Diaspora & Culinary Ethnobotanical Knowledge

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Published on May 17, 2012

Video 15 in the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by My Lien T. Nguyen.

What happens to a culture's food traditions when the people of that culture resettle in a foreign country? This episode examines the history of Vietnamese food in the U.S. resulting from the diaspora of the Vietnamese people after 1975. Concepts discussed include: transported landscapes in the form of Asian food venues, the transfer of key food plants, adoption of new food plants, and the dynamics of culinary knowledge as people reconstruct food traditions in their new homes.

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