Understanding Diversity Through Food

    A food culture is the practices and beliefs surrounding the consumption of food in a particular community. A food culture can be associated with a nationality, a religion, a health movement, or another kind of group.
    Choose a food culture that you think has become important in broader American culture. See the list of examples below, and feel free to choose something else not listed here.
        Indian (or another nationality) food
        British (or another nationality) tea (or another beverage)
        Vegetarian or vegan food
        Organic food
        Kosher food
        Cajun food
        Soul food
        Street food in New York (or another city)
    Eat something from that food culture, so you can experience it firsthand and take notes describing it. Take pictures!
    Find 2-3 online articles about the history and impact of the food culture in the US.
    Write a 2-3 page (double-spaced) research paper about the food culture. Structure your paper using the below guideline:
        INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph): Include a thesis statement where you define your food culture and explain what makes it important to American culture. Include a picture of the food you ate!
        BODY (3 paragraphs): Write one paragraph describing the food culture (the actual food products as well as the beliefs and practices surrounding their consumption); one paragraph explaining the history of the food culture; and one paragraph explaining its impact on broader American culture.
        CONCLUSION (1 paragraph): Restate your thesis. Explain why thinking about food cultures helps us understand and value diversity.

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