An Investigation into Food Culture and Service Styles in China and Japan from the Perspective of the West
(2014) An Investigation into Food Culture and Service Styles in China and Japan from the Perspective of the West, no. 55.
This study investigates into the food culture and service styles in China and Japan from the perspective of the West. The two chosen orient countries in this research project, China and Japan, have gained a lot of popularity in recent years because of their original cuisines, tableware, and culture. The literature has revealed that China and Japan have still strong influence by their culture, however welcomes the Western traditions into their lifestyles as well. They try to keep their national identity and their old traditions that are still pinned in their everyday life. China and Japan are considered to be family-run countries, primary and rural nations. Therefore the collective society is reflected not only in the food culture, but in general culture as well. They depend on working together and aiming for harmony. It is believed that eating well prepared food brings harmony and closeness to family that is why Japanese and Chinese people have so many customs and traditions in their food culture and service styles which describes their values. However, the young generation seems to be more and more influenced by the West which makes them drift away from their national identity. The findings of the study have highlighted current issues in both oriental countries which are the confusion between the two cultures, a gap between older and younger generations, and the threat of losing the strong cultural identity because of the Western influence. Conclusions and future recommendations are provided, that for example, suggest further investigation into the current cultural values and needs of the young oriental generation that is being influenced by the West.