Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Yuka Suzuki

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This native ethnographic research project disrupts narratives which limit analytical engagement with food-related medical conditions to the medical, and creates space for unpacking the very real social and emotional implications of suffering from a food-related medical condition. Eight interlocutors’ respective lived experiences, thoughts, and feelings are narrativized and used to understand what it means - holistically - to have medically-imposed dietary restrictions. Some key themes explored in this work include: stigma; embarrassment; the desire to render one’s food-related medical condition imperceptible to others; bullying; privilege (which takes multiple forms); fear of being seen by others as “that person”; race; systemic health inequities; Covid-19 and its relation to everyday living with a food-related medical condition; and anti-Black systemic racism.

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