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Introducing our Winter 2014 Issue: Gastrodiplomacy / by Public Diplomacy Magazine Editors

GASTRODIPLOMACY PDF

Food brings people together. Throughout time, national cuisines have spread organically through migration, trade routes, and globalization. Others have been deliberately packaged and delivered to foreign audiences—both by state and non-state actors—as a means of expressing a country’s culture and values. This form of cultural diplomacy, whether deliberate or unintentional, has been coined “gastrodiplomacy.”

Gastrodiplomacy is the practice of sharing a country’s cultural heritage through food. Countries such as South Korea, Peru, Thailand, and Malaysia have recognized the seductive qualities food can have, and are leveraging this unique medium of cultural diplomacy to increase trade, economic investment, and tourism, as well as to enhance soft power. Gastrodiplomacy offers foreign publics the …

The State of Gastrodiplomacy / by

By Paul Rockower

It is fitting that a magazine devoted to studying innovations and trends in the field of public diplomacy has turned its focus on an increasingly popular forms of cultural diplomacy: gastrodiplomacy.

Public Diplomacy Magazine’s Summer 2009 issue on Middle Powers explored the behavior of middle powers and the contours of “middlepowermanship.” Articles in this issue outlined how emerging countries are using public diplomacy more prominently to break out of a crowded field of competing nations. Meanwhile, the issue on cultural diplomacy looked at the various means that countries used to communicate their idiosyncratic cultures, ranging from Japan’s use of Anime cartoons to conduct cultural diplomacy, to how Nigeria made their culture a continental phenomenon, through …

From Gastronationalism to Gastrodiplomacy: Reversing the Securitization of the Dolma in the South Caucasus / by

By Yelena Osipova 

“I don’t think the war strategy has ever worked for humanity, but after thousands and thousands and thousands of years of earth controlled by humans, war still seems to be the answer? I hope one day, food will be the answer.”
                                                                                      – José Andrés[1]

Dolma is a simple, albeit time-consuming, dish to prepare. Grains or ground meat, rice, tomato paste, spices, and …

Conflict Cuisine: Teaching War Through Washington’s Ethnic Restaurant Scene / by

By Johanna Mendelson Forman, with Sam Chapple Sokol

It is a Washington cliché: you can always tell where in the world there is a conflict by the new ethnic restaurants that open. From Vietnam to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, to the Central American wars, to the civil war in Ethiopia, diasporas have come to this city in search of freedom. With them, they bring a sense of keeping the culinary culture of their country alive in the numerous eateries that landscape Washington’s suburbs.

Teaching about war and conflict requires an ability to analyze current global upheaval.  Yet if there is one thing I have observed from my experience as a policy expert on conflicts and transitions, and my academic research and …

Hearts, Minds, and Stomachs: Gastrodiplomacy and the Potential of National Cuisine in Changing Public Perception of National Image / by

By Braden Ruddy

Nation, Identity, Food as Power, and the Theory and Practice of Gastrodiplomacy 

Last year, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed that “food is the oldest form of diplomacy.” This is just one recent claim of the power of food and its use in diplomacy, both today and through the ages. In the last ten years, gastrodiplomacy has emerged as a way for countries to use their unique culinary histories to promote themselves on the global stage. Gastrodiplomacy is essentially a subfield of cultural public diplomacy that was first mainstreamed and perfected by Thailand through their 2002 “Global Thai Program.”[1] Since then, other countries such as Taiwan, Korea, Peru, Malaysia, and Indonesia have sought to use …

Cooking Up A Conversation: Gastrodiplomacy in Contemporary Public Art / by

By Carly Schmitt

Food is one of the oldest forms of exchange. Our mutual dependence on food is often cited as the most basic element that connects people all over the world. Moreover, the various different processes of cooking and preparing things to eat are seen as an easily identifiable characteristic that sets us apart.[1]

Many of the different conflicts and challenges we currently face on both local and international levels play themselves out in gastronomy. In the late 1990s the simple act of bringing people together was recognized as an art form. Since then, artists around the world have begun working with food as an artistic medium, because of the inherent abilities it has …

At Post:

On Indian Food in the DiasporaAn interview with Indian Restaurateur Anita Jaisinghani ...

On the 626 Night MarketAN INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER JOHNNY HWANG ...

On Street Food in Tijuana: An Interview with Chef Guillermo CampoTogether with his brother Pablo Campos and Orlando “Cricket” Miguel del Monte, Guillermo Campo opened Tacos Kokopelli, a taco stand on the streets of Tijuana. The stand, serves tacos cooked on a m...

On Gastrodiplomacy CampaignsAn Interview with U.S. Foreign Service Officer Mary Jo Pham ...

Case Study

Most F(l)avored Nation Status: The Gastrodiplomacy of Japan’s Global Promotion of Cuisine By Theodore C. Bestor Sushi ...

Gastrodipomacy: The Case of the Embassy of GreeceBy Zoe Kosmidou In December 2013, the Embassy of Greece will begin applying the idea and theories of gastrodiplomacy to spread the word about the Healthy Greek Diet and Greece’s healthy wa...

Sweden: An Old Hand At Gastrodiplomacy By Gabriella Augustsson and Larilyn André Food is an ancient means of exchange. Be it for the purpose of trade, as ritualistic practice, or as a gesture of goodwill, food...

Features

The State of GastrodiplomacyBy Paul Rockower It is fitting that a magazine devoted to studying innovations and trends in the field of public diplomacy has turned its focus o...

From Gastronationalism to Gastrodiplomacy: Reversing the Securitization of the Dolma in the South CaucasusBy Yelena Osipova  ...

Conflict Cuisine: Teaching War Through Washington’s Ethnic Restaurant SceneBy Johanna Mendelson Forman, with Sam Chapple Sokol It is a Washington cliché: you can always tell where in the world there is a conflict by the new ethnic restaurants that open. From Vietn...

Hearts, Minds, and Stomachs: Gastrodiplomacy and the Potential of National Cuisine in Changing Public Perception of National ImageBy Braden Ruddy Nation, Identity, Food as Power, and the Theory and Practice of Gastrodiplomacy  Last year, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed that “...

Perspectives

Cooking Up A Conversation: Gastrodiplomacy in Contemporary Public ArtBy Carly Schmitt Food is one ...

Potlucks for Peace?By Andrea Wenzel ...

War and Peas: Culinary Conflict Resolution as Citizen DiplomacyBy Sam Chapple-Sokol Food can be used as a tool of public diplomacy, variously known as culinary diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, and diplomatic gastronomy. It remains a new and understudied fiel...

Jamie Oliver and the Gastrodiplomacy of SimulacraBy Francesco Buscemi This work aims to investigate the gastrodiplomatic objectives of food travelogues on TV, and more precisely of the food travelogue Jamieʼs Great Britain, ...