Protasova Е. Yu. Culinary Practices and Foodways of Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Finland
Ekaterina Yu. PROTASOVA — Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, University of Helsinki (Finland, Helsinki)
ABSTRACT. For many representatives of the Russian culture, its manifestation and in- corporation is first of all connected with the foodways, i. e. with the enrooted or transform- ing habits of food production and consumption that relate to societal and economic practices. The present study investigates culinary memories, transformations and adaptations among the Russian-speaking immigrants to Finland. The data were collected through individual and group interviews and structured thematic essays. Participants spoke about their memories of childhood connected to culinary experiences, what they liked and disliked, how they tried to adapt to the new way of life after immigration, what they accepted and rejected. They reason about how they became eclectic or international in taste, what they think about the food which is sold in the stores or offered in the restaurants, and what traditions survived under the new circumstances. The results show that even for the younger generation food remains the strongest cultural tie within the family. Conceptualization of the self goes through what a person eats and how the food is prepared. The critique of the receiving society is most evident in the descriptions of the strange food that one has to eat outside of home. Indeed, the cultural mixture is already an established fact.
KEYWORDS: Russian-speaking immigrants in Finland, culinary hab - its, foodways, transformation and adaptation of eating practices, con - ceptualization of the self, Russianness
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