Feb. 26, 2018

In-class Writing

At home, we usually eat Asian or Mexican dishes. It’s really just whatever my grandma makes, but it usually gravitates around those two cultures. I guess you can say that this represents that my home is a standard, middle-class environment that dines in most of the time; we are very family-based in a sense that we eat together as a family and enjoy our “cultural” meals together. The food that we usually eat at home reflects that we are tied to our cultural backgrounds, but it can also show that we are not that cultural or native? I guess you can say.

Foods and eating habits can have a great correlation to social norms and identities. Referencing back to the essays we had to discuss, Egan brings up the idea that better quality food is generally more expensive than lesser quality foods. For example, a sit down restaurant where the food is cooked when you order it probably has a greater chance of having a better nutritional value than a fast food restaurant where your food is microwaved or cooked in a minute or two. So therefore you can further concur that people with more money can maintain healthier lifestyles because there financial stance is better than those who have less money. I actually find this quite sad because how are we going to continue to grow as a country if there are people who are eating fast food everyday who do not get the nutrition that they need in order to live out healthy, happy lives? It is sad because it really is evident in neighborhoods. You can physically see the difference between a person living in a good neighborhood versus a person who lives in poverty. All in all, although it may not be the most apparent correlation, food and social class can go hand in hand.

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