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Brant – Is it okay to eay a dog in Korea…like China?

Brant, Adam. “‘Is it okay to eat a dog in Korea…like China?’ Assumptions of national food-eating practices in intercultural interaction.” Language and Intercultural Communication Volume 11, Issue 1., February 2001: 41-58.

Keywords: interculturality; social interaction; cultural practices;  Food practices, Communication.

This study took place in online voice chat using Skype. The discussion is based around the topic of food. The things considered to be taboo in some countries (namely the United States) are not in other places. Analysis of the food practices in other countries lead to the discovery that stereotypes of cultural “others” are emphasized and exaggerated when they transcend cultural lines. i.e the assumptions we make about groups as a whole based on common stereotypes.

The use of language when the people of different cultures were communicating about each other’s food practices can tell a lot about their feelings and ideas about the differing cultures. One speaker says Koreans are picky about food, yet jokes that the Chinese will eat anything. This kind of over simplification of an entire group of people is typical. Asking if Koreans eat dog does not account for the cultural variation within the country. Asking if Koreans eat dog is like asking if Americans eat apple pie. (no not ALL  Americans eat apple pie.) specifically this generalization takes place on a grander scale, the questioner asks if Koreans eat dog… like Chinese people do? this is the application of the stereotype across cultures and possibly to all Asian countries as a whole.

This study focused on how people communicate when they are unfamilure with the customs and stereotypes of a culture through food discourse.

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