Vietnamese new year rice cakes: Iconic festive dishes and contested national identity

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Abstract

Vietnamese banh Tet (New Year rice cakes) are the most prominent culinary icons of the most important Vietnamese festival. This article examines the sociocultural ideas of contemporary Vietnamese national identity expressed by these dishes, and explores the implicit and complex ways by which they take part in developing Vietnamese cultural identity and nationalism. In terms of the "Imagined Communities" analytical framework, this food item serves as an important means for practicing and "concretizing" national identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-187
Number of pages21
JournalEthnology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Food symbolism
  • National identity
  • Rice cakes
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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