By Piper Spooner
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Consuming food in certain dining contexts mimics the sensation of traveling, both geographically and temporally, to a foreign place. The increasing availability of restaurants with different cuisines and the increasing number of people who partake in these cuisines allow for vicarious experiences of other cultures through food travel shows and culinary tourism. Food tourism is the act of visiting other countries to seek memorable dining experiences, which can involve media production, such as Food Network’s many travel shows, which not only advertise travel destinations, but also, through the camera and TV narratives, raise questions about the tourist gaze, perception and conception of the other, cultural capital and authority in the consumption of food, and the implications of globalization. The Kimchi Chronicles addresses these issues and notions of national identity, historical narratives, and liminality within an Asian and Asian American context.
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