American, an appetite for diversity

 In America we love to have a slew of choices. From cars to clothes and shoes to cell phones, the assortment I place my highest value upon is the food that I consume. All around the world food cultures are shaped by the immigrants and locals in each community. In the words of John Griswold, ”Immigration is not undermining the American experiment; it is an integral part of it.  We are a nation of immigrants. Successive waves of immigrants have kept our country demographically young, enriched our culture and added to our productive capacity as a nation, enhancing our influence in the world.” (Immigrants Have Enriched). The truth is, American food is know to have many artificial ingredients and fillers where as raw sushi for instance is all natural. The health factor achieved by amalgamating with other cultures can be extraordinary. 
 When talking about food, people usually assume things like Italian is spaghetti and pizza, Mexican is classified as tacos and fajitas, German is a brautwurst and sauerkraut and American is a hot dog and a coke or chicken fried steak and tea. 

Figure 1. A Pho burrito is a mixture of the Asian soup Pho and a burrito.

The reality is that fajitas gained most of their popularity in Texas, and a hot dog no longer represents America. The times are changing; as the people around the world become more diversified, so do our appetites. An article by Food in America says it best, ”Food is much more than a mere means of subsistence. It is filled with cultural, psychological, emotional, and even religious significance. It defines shared identities and embodies religious and group traditions. In Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries”(Food on America)
In a time and place where Japanese and Mexican food clashes we are left with a pho-rito. (Figure 1). American and Mexican have become Tex-Mex. Asian and any thing have become fusion and your probably wondering what musabi is! It is actually a sandwich consisting of spam, egg, sticky rice and seaweed typically sold in Hawaii, and it is amazing!
 Do you know that orange chicken, cailfornia rolls and the China King Buffet are not authentic Chinese food? I was shocked when I found out, because as an American I did not know the difference. As immigration increases, so do the possibilities of food culminations. Once I discovered that pho, sashimi, tako wasibi and Asaihi were what the Japanese culinary artist had to offer, I was hooked. 

Figure 2. An Asian sushi made into cute characters.

If it weren’t for the Colombian exchange we would still be eating beans and corn. It was Our ancestors that worked tirelessly to import the animals, spices, sugar, vegetables and fruits that we enjoy today. As immigrants from all around the world become more comfortable in this constantly evolving American society,  citizens will continue to merge their food heritage with the current cultural norm(Figure 2). This helps give a sense of home to all of our new members, and offers tremendous benefits to our existing ones as well.
Food in America.Copyright Digital History 2016. 

Daniel Griswold and Caleb O. Brown. “Immigrants Have Enriched.” Cato Institute. 03 Jan. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

APDLef, and Soup Loving Nicole. “Phoritto (Pho Burrito) Recipe.” Allrecipes. 07 Dec. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.

“22 Cute and Amazing Pieces of Sushi Art.”, 12 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.


One comment

  1. Awesome blog post! I must admit, with me being on a diet, it probably would have been best if I bypassed your post. Unfortunately, the images you shared had a hold on me and would not let me bypass your post. (I probably gained five pounds just by looking at the pictures). I agree it is amazing how “American food” is becoming so diverse due to our nations wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. You mentioned how the hot dog is no longer representing America, which personally, I could not be anymore relieved; hot dogs are disgusting. Food is significant; it is necessity for all, and it also has the power to bring everyone together.


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