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I am not a virus! From model minority to public enemy, the racialisation of the Chinese community in Italy through food
Journal Title: MONDI MIGRANTI 
Author/s: Sebastiano Benasso, Luisa Stagi 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 119-133 FullText PDF:  193 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MM2021-002007
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Covid-19 has shed light on the Sino-Italian communities, usually perceived as a "minority model", based on their being considered as integrated, hard-working and silent. The media narratives about the relation between the spreading of the virus and the consumption of food framed as "disgusting" have neutralised the color-blindness usually applied to Asian migrants in Italy. The latent racism has been reinforced by a process of distinction focused on the disgust for an "abject" food. The reframing of the Sino-Italians as folk devils through the spread of gastro-panic has yet triggered processes of subjectivation, pushing them to make their voices heard on a public level. By the standpoint of 12 "Asian" restaurant owners in the city of Genoa, we explore the frame in which such dynamics have unfolded.
Keywords: color-blind; Covid-19; minority model; gastro-panic; food distinction; Sino-Italian community.

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Sebastiano Benasso, Luisa Stagi, in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 2/2021, pp. 119-133, DOI:10.3280/MM2021-002007


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