Savoring Sacrifices: Unraveling the Impact of the Restaurant Industry on Fuzhounese American Lives
CitationNg, Vivian. 2023. Savoring Sacrifices: Unraveling the Impact of the Restaurant Industry on Fuzhounese American Lives. Master's thesis, Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.
AbstractThis thesis studies the relationships between the restaurant industry and the lives of Fuzhounese Americans. The Fuzhounese community has long been known for its significant presence in the Chinese restaurant industry in the United States. While scholars have undertaken extensive studies on Fuzhounese immigration, little is written about the new “American” generation.
This thesis explores the complex impacts of the restaurant work culture on the next generation’s childhood, adulthood, and future lifestyle. Through semi-structured interviews, I uncover the challenges faced by today’s generation, the sacrifices that were made, and their individual desires to better their situation. The information contributed by the interviewees provides small insights into the personal narratives of what a typical Fuzhounese child would experience, and how the restaurant work culture continues to affect their careers, social relationships, family dynamics, and personal well-being.
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