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Article: We are what we eat: food in the process of community formation and identity shaping among African traders in Guangzhou and Yiwu

TitleWe are what we eat: food in the process of community formation and identity shaping among African traders in Guangzhou and Yiwu
Authors
KeywordsAfrican food
Community formation
Guangzhou
Identity shaping among africans in china
Yiwu
Issue Date2012
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=18&pid=26610
Citation
African Diaspora, 2012, v. 5 n. 1, p. 3-26 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper we analyze two African communities in Guangzhou and Yiwu, China, arguing that among Guangzhou Africans on the one hand, Black Africans, particularly West Africans, have a tighter community and interact more with each other than Black Africans in Yiwu. On the other hand, Maghrebian Africans in Yiwu have a tighter community and maintain a more cohesive interaction than their counterparts in Guangzhou. Evidence for this characterization of the communities comes from food and communal food-eating habits. There are hardly any West African restaurants in Yiwu while there is an abundance of West African and other Black African restaurants in Guangzhou where there is more community patronage. In contrast, there are more concentrations of North African restaurants in Yiwu than in Guangzhou. We discuss the crucial role food and food-making and eating places play in providing structures and avenues for community bonding to promote community formation and community identity shaping. © 2012 Adams Bodomo & Enyu Ma.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166109
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.195

 

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dc.contributor.authorBodomo, Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorMa, Een_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:28:40Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:28:40Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.citationAfrican Diaspora, 2012, v. 5 n. 1, p. 3-26en_US
dc.identifier.issn1872-5457-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/166109-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we analyze two African communities in Guangzhou and Yiwu, China, arguing that among Guangzhou Africans on the one hand, Black Africans, particularly West Africans, have a tighter community and interact more with each other than Black Africans in Yiwu. On the other hand, Maghrebian Africans in Yiwu have a tighter community and maintain a more cohesive interaction than their counterparts in Guangzhou. Evidence for this characterization of the communities comes from food and communal food-eating habits. There are hardly any West African restaurants in Yiwu while there is an abundance of West African and other Black African restaurants in Guangzhou where there is more community patronage. In contrast, there are more concentrations of North African restaurants in Yiwu than in Guangzhou. We discuss the crucial role food and food-making and eating places play in providing structures and avenues for community bonding to promote community formation and community identity shaping. © 2012 Adams Bodomo & Enyu Ma.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBrill Academic Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=18&pid=26610en_US
dc.relation.ispartofAfrican Diasporaen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAfrican food-
dc.subjectCommunity formation-
dc.subjectGuangzhou-
dc.subjectIdentity shaping among africans in china-
dc.subjectYiwu-
dc.titleWe are what we eat: food in the process of community formation and identity shaping among African traders in Guangzhou and Yiwuen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailBodomo, A: abbodomo@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailMa, E: maenyu@zjnu.cn-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1163/187254612X646198-
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dc.identifier.volume5en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.spage3en_US
dc.identifier.epage26en_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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