A Taste of Culture : Perceptions About American Fast Food in China
Tsao, Jerry C.
This exploratory study examined perceptions about American fast food among urban, Beijing residents to explore three major objectives; perceptions about taste preferences and nutrition value, the eating relationships of group harmony and sharing dishes, and the modern values of fast and convenient food in a clean environment. The 40 semi-structured interviews were completed in the summer of 2011. The informants were selected by age, gender, and occupation. Younger informants, 18 to 30 years old, were exposed to American fast food during their childhood and adolescent periods. Older informants, over 40 years old, did not come into contact with American fast food until they had already established their food consumption patterns. The findings reveal few differences between younger and older informants because all informants restrict some American fast food consumption for both taste and health reasons. American fast food is only suitable to about half of the informants' taste palatability. They all prefer Chinese cuisine when given the choice. They perceive American fast food to be unhealthy because it uses food adulterants, contains high fat content, and lacks balance between food groups. Families eating together avoid American fast food restaurants to maintain group harmony. However, younger informants enjoy American style fast food because it provides a modern environment to socialize with friends.
Tsao, Jerry C.. (January 2012). A Taste of Culture : Perceptions About American Fast Food in China (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3987.)
Tsao, Jerry C.. A Taste of Culture : Perceptions About American Fast Food in China. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2012. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3987. July 17, 2018.
Tsao, Jerry C., “A Taste of Culture : Perceptions About American Fast Food in China” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2012).
Tsao, Jerry C.. A Taste of Culture : Perceptions About American Fast Food in China [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2012.
East Carolina University