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Defining “Modern Malaysian” Cuisine: Fusion or Ingredients?

Culinary Nationalism in Asia

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Introduction If one were to look for the category “ modern Malaysian” among numerous Malaysian food blogs and cookbooks, one will be hard-pressed to find it. The label is relatively new, rare, and has not been widely used...

How Chicken Rice Informs about Identity

Cynthia Chou

Cynthia Chou, Associate Professor with Special Qualifications (Lektor msk), social anthropologist, Head of Southeast Asian Studies, KU-ToRS. She is internationally known for her pioneering study of the life and lifestyles, as well as identity and change, of the indigenous Malays in Southeast Asia. She single-handedly built the Malay maritime life collection for the Singapore National Museum and has published highly cited books in this area which are used by several universities as textbooks. At KU, she initiated and directed several innovative programs of co-operation, both in research and education, with leading international institutions for which she has won various international prizes. Courses that she has been teaching at the University of Copenhagen include “The Anthropology of Food and Eating in Southeast Asia,” “Modernisation and Development: The Human Landscape of Southeast Asia,” and “Introduction to Southeast Asia Culture.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Introduction It has been said that “[s]tories about eating something somewhere … are really stories about the place and the people there [and that] the reading of a food’s story reveals, like any good biography...
...What does it take to feed a nation? Is it enough to provide sufficient foodstuffs at affordable prices? Or are symbolic and ideological nourishment a latent part of the calculus when...


Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia Volume 3 : Asia and Oceania

© ABC-Clio Inc, 2011

Encyclopedia entry

...Overview Malaysia, a country located in Southeast Asia, is surrounded by the South China Sea in the east and the Strait of Melaka in the west. This country consists of two parts, East Malaysia and West...

Nyonya Cuisine: Chinese, Non-Chinese and the Making of a Famous Cuisine in Southeast Asia

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Contemporary Transitions

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The Baba in Malaysia and Singapore are Chinese who have acquired a creolized form of Malay as their mother tongue, although today many Babas in Singapore speak English rather than Malay. Historically the women, called nyonya, wore sarongs...

Commensality and the Organization of Social Relations

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Introduction The earliest serious discussion of commensality can be traced to W. Robertson Smith, who, in his study of the religion of the Semites, discusses the god and his worshippers in a sacrifice as ‘commensals...