Trattoria Pizzeria al Passeggero: A Story Behind the Chinese Diaspora in Italy

Dr. Patrick Lo
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Trattoria Pizzeria al Passeggero arrived in the food scene in Milan for more than 9 years and is currently owned and operated by a Chinese man named Chen Xiaodan, who came from Wenzhou City in China. What I found so captivating was the story which tells an important modern Chinese people from Wenzhou, being compelled to immigrate to a foreign land for personal security and political sanctuary in the early 21st Century. This paper in essence attempts to address the issues of identity and social relations of Wenzhou immigrants, rather than the food itself. As we understand, restaurants could be powerful lenses through which the one is able to gaze into the formation, as well as transformation of linguistic, ethnic, and national boundaries. In fact, in many research literature related to cultural studies, it is emphasized that the globalization of Chinese foods cannot be studied in separation from the migration of the Chinese population. By analyzing the Chinese diaspora’s food business patterns, the process of their migration patterns, cultural constructions and changing socio-political meanings of Chinese national, regional, and local identities in the diaspora can be revealed. It is hoped that the case study could reflect an overall pattern regarding the Chinese diaspora in Italy.

Keywords: Chinese diaspora, Overseas Chinese food business, Chinese diaspora – Europe, Chinese diaspora – Italy, Globalization – Chinese food, Chinese migration
Stream: Globalisation, Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Trattoria Pizzeria al Passeggero

Dr. Patrick Lo

Cataloguing Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Cataloguing Section, Lingnan University Library

Mr. Lo currently a candidate of Doctor of Education (EdD), at Bristol University (UK). He has a Master of Arts in Design Management (MA) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2004), a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from McGill University (Canada; 1994), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Mount Allison University, (Canada; 1992). Mr Lo is efficient in: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese (Putunghua), English and German. Mr Lo's professional affiliations include: secretary of JULAC-HKCAN (Hong Kong Chinese Name Authority) Workgroup, representative of Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong) for the Hong Kong JULAC-BSC (Bibliographic Services Committee), member of CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) Unicat Expert Group.

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