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A taste of the unfamiliar. Understanding the meanings attached to food by international postgraduate students in England.
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PMID:  19896514     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using findings from semi-structured interviews with international postgraduate students in England, this paper explores the meanings attached to the food they eat in a new culture. Our study, using interviews, aimed to uncover student responses to both the food they eat whilst abroad and to the food they have left behind. Many students criticised local English food as bland, fattening, and unhealthy; nevertheless, most showed an openness to new foods, trying not only local food but also dishes prepared by their international friends, but this sat alongside a strong attachment to their home country dishes. Eating together was a popular leisure activity, and food of the origin country or region was the most popular cuisine. Eating home country food offered emotional and physical sustenance; students felt comforted by familiar taste, and that their physical health was stabilised by the consumption of healthier food than was available locally. Despite acknowledgement of the importance of food to cultural identity and overall quality of life in the anthropology and nutrition literatures, there is a dearth of research into this aspect of the international student experience; this study, therefore, marks an important beginning.
Lorraine Brown; John Edwards; Heather Hartwell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-11-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-01     Completed Date:  2010-05-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  202-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
School of Services Management, Dorset House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, Poole BH125BB, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Africa / ethnology
Asia, Southeastern / ethnology
Attitude to Health
Comprehension / physiology*
Emotions / physiology
England / ethnology
Europe / ethnology
Feeding Behavior / physiology,  psychology
Food Preferences / physiology*,  psychology
Health Status
Interviews as Topic
Leisure Activities / psychology
Memory / physiology
Middle East / ethnology
Recognition (Psychology) / physiology*
Social Behavior
Students / psychology
Taste / physiology*
Young Adult

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