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Increasing Awareness: Cultural Food Experiences of International Students in Canada

Increasing Awareness: Cultural Food Experiences of International Students in Canada
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Author(s): Daphne Lordly (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada), Jennifer Guy (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada) and Yue Li (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Student Experience in Canadian Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Vander Tavares (York University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5030-4.ch002

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Abstract

The authors situate student food experience as a key source of tension for international students. Multicultural food learning activities (MFLAs) are positioned as spaces for cultural connection and knowledge exchange. Through a review of relevant literature, three themes emerge: 1) food, diet and culture, 2) acculturation and identity through social connections with food, and 3) the implications of lack of food on culture, identity, and well-being. Reflecting on the authors' personal applications of MFLAs within nutrition curricula and a student-led society supporting cultural integration, the implications of such a learning platform are illuminated. In response to emergent themes, the authors share observations and make recommendations for university-based programming and future research. The authors urge academic communities to consider the complexity and impact of student food experiences when contemplating the international student experience in Canada. Food learning and experience-based platforms are opportunities to support student culture and identity.

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