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Food and Body as Markers of Identity in Timothy Mo's Sour Sweet
(Gastronomia şi corporalitatea ca mărci identitare în romanul lui Timothy Mo Sour Sweet)
Vol LXII • No. 3/2010 (Special Issue)
Mehmet Ali Çelikel
Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey
E-mail: macelikel@pau.edu.tr

 Keywords   food, body, transformation, translation, globalization.

 Abstract
Timothy Mo's Sour Sweet is a novel about an immigrant Cantonese family who run a food counter in England. Their food and body become the markers of their immigrant identity that moves away from the national identity that they are expected to represent. The food they serve in their food counter becomes not only a means of financial well-being but also a means of cultural communication, translation and transformation. The gentle traditional body of a Chinese lady functions as the centre of sexual attention because of its form outside her own cultural constructs. Therefore, food and body in Sour Sweet are equally represented as the subjects that determine the cultural identity of immigrants. Culture identity is a constructed phenomenon by the transformed ingredients of food and untraditional body of the female protagonist of the story in Sour Sweet. Thus, this paper attempts to analyse Sour Sweet in terms of its uses of the concepts of food and body as the notions that construct cultural identity of the immigrants. It will also question whether or not the cultural identity turns into a commodity in a globalized setting.

 Rezumat
Romanul lui Timothy Mo, Sour Sweet, prezintă povestea unei familii de imigranţi din Canton. Coordonatele principale ale romanului şi, în mod implicit, ale identităţi emigrantului sunt reprezentate de gastronomia tradiţională şi de raportul acestuia cu corporalitatea. Având ca puncte de plecare aceste două aspecte, romanul pare a ilustra modul în care, sub influenţa globalizării, identitatea culturală tinde să fie transformată într-un bun economic şi social.

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