"From Spaghetti to Sushi": An Investigation of the Growth of Ethnic Restaurants in Montreal, 1951–2001

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Abstract:

Using an analysis of ethnic restaurants listed in Montreal's Yellow Pages, census data on ethnicity from 1951 to 2001, and a range of supporting evidence, this paper argues that immigration appears to be a better explanation than changing eating fashions for the major trends witnessed in both the number and type of ethnic restaurants found in the city over the period. The paper explores the general implications of such a finding, concluding that theorists have so far largely ignored the wider social and economic roles played by ethnic restaurants, and need to consider their importance in family employment strategies and the like if they are to understand the phenomenon more fully.

Keywords: ETHNIC RESTAURANT; GLOBALIZATION; IMMIGRATION; MONTREAL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/155280109X368642

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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