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, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 35–39 | Cite as

Food and Binary Oppositions in the Chinese Meal System

Symposium: Signs, Symbols, and Semiotics
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Abstract

As one of the most basic and accessible social codes, food has many social and cultural connotations. This article aims to offer a semiotic reading of ordinary Chinese meals. The three-meal structure and four binary oppositions (Cooked/Raw, Fan/Cai, Solids/Liquids, and Vegetable/Meat) are discussed. The laws that govern the Chinese meal system reveal how Chinese people see themselves and others, how they connect the past and present, and how they identify themselves with their culture.

Keywords

Food Semiotics Binary opposition Chinese meal Identity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media and CommunicationCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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