Canadian Food. Nowadays we are able to find a great number of foods from around the world. Let alone the fact that we already in the USA get the majority of the exotic fruits imported from the third world countries, we manage to get the access to the international cuisine as well. In the following essay I am going to speak about the reason why it is possible in the USA to get Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and other cuisines, while there is no way on can be Canadian. I will present various educated findings together with my persona opinion on the given matter. First of all one has to understand that the supply of a given food is determined by the demand for it.
In other words, if no body in the USA likes the bugs that are eaten in some of the African countries, or the chau-chau dogs eaten in Korea, there will be no such cuisines/food present in the USA. The second thing that one should consider is the population consistency that determines the demand for a certain type of food. In other words, nowadays the US faces a great number of immigrants from the South America, thus one should not be surprised to see more Mexican, or Brasilian food coming to the USA (Weiss, 20).
Besides the fact that the immigrants would want to consume their native food, they would also want to make money-and it is easier for them to cook their own food than to experiment say with the Japanese sushi. The third thing one should consider is the perception of a given nation and the common US attitude towards it. In other words, the Japanese as a rule are associated with something funny, hi-tech, and sushi. The Mexicans are associated with hot chicks, macho guys, tacos and Enrique Iglesias/Ricky Martin. Russians are associated with corruption, nuclear bomb and vodka. Iraqis/Afghanis are associated with terrorism, threat to the USA, and no specific food. Therefore, without the demand or association for the given food, there is no Afghan/ Iraqi food. The same thing applies to Canada.
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Canadians are not associated with anything in the minds of Americans except for maybe hello, ei! Canadians to the majority of Americans are seen as inferior Americans, who rely in everything on the USA and who do not have their own traditions, customs, foods, etc. that would be drastically different from the American counterparts. Canada indeed was formed by the immigrants just like the USA with the French and British/German being the largest groups (Nelson, 187).
The USA also witnessed the inflow of the people from the same countries, thus, indeed, there is nothing much special in Canada that would want to make us want its food. The fourth and the probably most important element is the enigma associated with the culture and tradition of a country, which food is represented. The Japanese tea ceremony, sushi preparation is already an art. The way Russians drink vodka is also an art of some sort. Canada, on the other hand does not appear to be very enigmatic to Americans (Schmidt, 99).
Canada speaks the same language, is very much visited by the US tourists, and is basically bought out by the US companies in virtually all industries including food. Canadians, just like Americans like Coca-Cola, Football (yes Canadian football differs from American, but still similar as opposed to football accepted in other countries and which is soccer for Americans).
Canada does not have their own car, airplane, and computer manufacturers, and thus, if one sees a Canadian, she/he would look more American than any other nation on earth besides Americans. Canadians also have Walmart, McDonalds and Safeway, and they dress up in style similar to American (Weiss, 23).
Throughout Canada's relatively short existence we have created quite a reputation for ourselves. Our great nation is known for many things, and I am proud to say that most are positive. Does Canada have a strong national identity? Anyone can see the answer is yes. Just take a look at the facts. For example, we are renowned for our peacekeepers and no other country is considered more peaceful. ...
Moreover they also have dollars, no peso, not yen, not rubbles. And which is worse, some of them celebrate Thanksgiving, a true American holiday. It is no wonder why Americans subconsciously view Canadians as lesser Americans and the absence of military doctrine or strong Army in Canada certainly makes them appear lesser compared to the US bigger brother. Thus, if the Canadians are viewed as American, and indeed they do not differ much from Americans, one would not see anything special in their food, which also resembles American fast food, because Canadians just like Americans also have a fast paced life.
In conclusion, I would like to note that the reason why one is able to find foods from different countries of the world in the USA yet fail to find Canadian, is because Canada is perceived as a part of the USA by the majority of Americans unlike the other world countries. Canada does not seem to possess much individualism to attract Americans, and its similarity to the USA in a great number of thinks makes Canadian food unpopular in the USA.
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