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Perceptions of the host country's food culture among female immigrants from Africa and Asia: aspects relevant for cultural sensitivity in nutrition communication.
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PMID:  22306469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore how female immigrants from Africa and Asia perceive the host country's food culture, to identify aspects of their original food culture they considered important to preserve, and to describe how they go about preserving them.
DESIGN: Qualitative in-depth interviews.
SETTING: Oslo, Norway.
PARTICIPANTS: Twenty one female immigrants from 11 African and Asian countries, residing in areas of Oslo with a population having a low-to-middle socioeconomic status and a high proportion of immigrants. Participants varied in years of residence, employment status, and marital status.
ANALYSIS: Analysis of the interviews was guided by a phenomenological approach.
RESULTS: Participants emphasized the importance of preserving aspects of their original food cultures and related these aspects to taste, preparation effort and method, and adherence to religious dietary rules. They often perceived the food of the host country as "tasteless and boring." The authors observed strict, flexible, or limited continuity with the original food culture. Some elements that possibly influenced participants' degree of continuity are indicated.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Immigrants may strive to preserve aspects of their original food culture after immigration. Nutrition communication becomes more culturally sensitive when it takes such aspects into account.
Lisa Maria Garnweidner; Laura Terragni; Kjell Sverre Pettersen; Annhild Mosdøl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-02-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2012 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-26     Completed Date:  2012-09-12     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  335-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Health, Nutrition and Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Africa / ethnology
Asia / ethnology
Cultural Competency
Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
Food Habits / ethnology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Assessment
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena

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