Trattoria Pizzeria al Passeggero: A Story Behind the Chinese Diaspora in Italy
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
Dr. Patrick Lo
Cataloguing Librarian, Assistant Librarian, Cataloguing Section, Lingnan University Library