ask the following questions directly or indirectly. If the people you are interviewing does not know some of the answers, you should do your own research on the
1. What is your ethnic background? (if multicultural, explain, but pick one for report)
2. When did your family immigrate to the United States?
3. Do you have a religious affiliation? Does this affect your food habits?
4. What foods are indicative of your culture? (core foods, flavor principles, etc.)
5. How many meals do you eat every day?
6. When is food usually eaten?
7. What food items are needed to make a meal for you?
8. Who usually shares meals?
9. Where does your family normally consume food?
10. What are the major holidays you and your family celebrate each year? Choose and describe one major cultural ceremony or celebration with symbolic associations.
What foods are associated? Why is this cultural tradition significant?
11. What are some other symbolic foods in your culture, and what do they symbolize?
12. How has the experience of immigration to the United States changed your food culture? How has your food culture changed?
13. What outside influences impact the consumption of your cultural foods?
14. How has the American culture influenced your cultural habits and traditions? How often do you eat food that you consider “American” food, as opposed to the
food of your own culture?
15. Do you feel your cultural habits and traditions have influenced American culture?
16. Do you believe the changes in your food culture since coming to the U.S. have more to do with the experience of immigration, or are they reflective of modern
life? Is the food culture changing in your native country?