This photo essay looks at how perceptions of refugees change through the medium of food. Theories of nation branding and gastrodiplomacy are creatively applied to understand how this change takes place.
1 Picture 1 : Carylsue, “Cecil the Lion,” National Geographic Education Blog, May 4, 2016, https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.org/2016/05/04/drought-forces-zimbabwe-to-sell-animals/cecil_the_lion/. Picture 2 : Ashifa Kassam and Jessica Glenza, “Killer of Cecil the Lion Was Dentist from Minnesota, Claim Zimbabwe Officials,” July 28, 2015, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/28/killer-of-cecil-the-lion-was-american-zimbabwe-officials-claim. 2 Garikai Chimuka, “Western Hysteria over Killing of Cecil the Lion! Othering from the Zimbabwean Gaze,” …
“The refusal by Aung San Suu Kyi to take a firm stance on the (Rohnigya) issue exasperated and baffled the UN rapporteur and Western observers alike. In fact, as the international pressure mounted on her, the few comments she made reflected the viewpoints of the Bamar people, the dominant ethnic group in Myanmar, instead. The question arises why did a prominent human rights icon refuse to condemn the army-sponsored abuse? How did we get to this situation? And what can we do about it?”
“The gender binary is policed through the operation of an invisibilized power where it is least apparent – in the ‘everyday’.” “Macro level concerns such as sovereignty and militarized security are steeped in these micro level ‘domestic’ politics – and the politics associated with going to the washroom, thus, become extremely pertinent.”
“…white guilt often originates from a sense of empathy, one that discerns racism as an experience outside of oneself, exclusive to people of colour. The word ‘ally’ accentuates the same detachment, envisioning the white liberal outside of an all-encompassing system. As if, they are oblivious to and unaffected by a society built on enslavement of racialised hopes, ambitions, desires and bodies. As if, all of this is not their problem. Rather, white liberals are almost convinced that they are the problem.”