Fitting Japanese cuisine into Australia: im-perfect translations

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In this chapter we offer a case study of Japanese restaurant culture in Melbourne, Australia to consider internationalisation processes and the complex relationship between “host” cultures and migrant cultures. We consider “overseas Japanese restaurants” as a specific site for cross-cultual translations and Japanese food provided within the site as a “foreign” text. Translation can transgress spatial, temporal, and ontological boundaries, and therefore has the potential to break from a fixed set of codes constituting a cultural tradition. Yet, the translation is seen firmly as “Japanese” by its consumers, not simply as a “new” hybrid, or fusion cuisine. The metaphor has the ability to depict cross-cultural discourses between and among producers and consumers, through which a strategic, conscious, and planned interaction is structured.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternationalising Japan
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourse and Practice
EditorsJeremy Breaden, Stacey Steele, Carolyn S Stevens
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317817970
ISBN (Print)9780415735704
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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