In this episode of The Nordic Asia Podcast, Tine Walravens of Copenhagen Business School joins Petra Desatova of NIAS for a conversation on the global sushi hype. Although often thought of as the quintessential symbol of Japanese culture, a quick dive into the history of this iconic food item suggests it is a rather recent and even hybrid addition to the nation's cuisine. Furthermore, sushi's history reveals how these questions of authenticity and origin are rarely innocent, but often tied up in political and ideological questions.
The Nordic Asia Podcast is a collaboration sharing expertise on Asia across the Nordic region, brought to you by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) based at the University of Copenhagen, along with our academic partners: the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Turku, Asianettverket at the University of Oslo, and the Forum for Asian Studies at Stockholm University.
Petra Alderman (prev. Desatova) is an associate researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and a post-doctoral research fellow at the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests lie in the area of authoritarian legitimation, electoral studies and promotional politics. Her regional focus is on Southeast Asia and has a particular expertise on Thailand.