~ Topic Discussion ~ 102 ~ Fusion Cuisine and Acculturation ~

Fusion Cuisine


Adapted from Wikipedia


Fusion cuisine is food that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in the innovations of many contemporary restaurant menus since the 1970s.


Chefs make original dishes using their own and non-traditional ingredients in creative recipes.

For example, Tex-Mex combines Southwestern United States cuisine and various Mexican cuisines. Pacific Rim Cuisine combines different recipes from various island nations in and around the Pacific Ocean.

Foods based on one culture—but prepared using ingredients and flavors inherent to another culture—are also considered forms of fusion cuisine. Pizza is the ideal example. 


102Set ~ 1

1) What fusion cuisine do you enjoy? Where can you eat this cuisine in your native country?

2) What fusion cuisine do you think is ridiculous? Why do you think so? Explain.

3) What fusion cuisine would you like to try that you have not yet experienced? Use your imagination.


Adapted from: Fusion Food ~ What is It? (Peter Gordon)


Historically, food has been a very regional product due to the difficulties of moving it around in a fresh and edible state. Though, in recent years, travel, freight, and refrigeration have improved immensely. We are now able to sample things from exotic locations.


102Set ~ 2

1) Do you ever buy food from other countries? What food? Why? Explain.

2) What foreign food do you never buy? Why? Explain.

3) Do you think another country has a healthier diet than your own? Which country? Why do you think so?

4) What problems exist in transporting food to and from different countries? What problems arise? Explain.


~ Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding fusion food.

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Fusion Culture (Acculturation)


Adapted from Wikipedia


Acculturation explains the process of cultural change and psychological change that results from the meeting between people from different cultures. Think of the North American experience. What is called a ¡°melting pot¡± is an idea that demonstrates the possibility of acculturation between members of many communities within one country. Colonialism can be seen as a type of forced acculturation.


At the group level, acculturation often results in changes to daily activities. The types of food consumed, fashions preferred, and forms of language borrowed are a few examples.


At the individual level, depending on the situation, people may reject or accept cultural influences according to many factors. Think of upbringing, nationalism, history, and willingness to adapt, for example.


102Set ~ 3 ~

1) Have your ever experienced acculturation? Has another culture ever affected your life? Explain.

2) Does your own culture ¡°export¡± its images and/or ideas? Do you agree with this? Explain.

3) When can acculturation be a positive element in society? When can it be a negative influence?

4) Do you think the world would be better off with a ¡°global culture¡± Is it possible? Explain.

5) What will your own culture look like in 10/20/30/100 years? Would you want to live in that country?


Adapted from: Acculturation and Mental Health (various authors)


Results of existing literature suggest that the relationship between acculturation and mental health is complex. Some studies have found a beneficial association between increased acculturation and mental health, whereas others have found a detrimental association or no relationship at all.


102Set ~4 ~

1) Do you like to meet people from other cultures? Are you comfortable meeting them? Explain.

2) What foreign cultures do you respect most? What do you like about them? Explain.

3) What culture are you fearful of? What makes you uncomfortable about these cultures? Explain.

4) What problems exist in your own culture that might cause others to be afraid or put off? Explain.


~ Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding cultural fusion in all its diverse forms.

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