In my work, I related the acculturation process to digestive process which is based on an understanding of acculturative stress theory by reflecting my residential experience.
“Acculturative stresses of immigrants relate to their experiences of acculturation.”¹ Stressors can include but are not limited to the pressures of learning a new language, maintaining one’s native language, balancing differing cultural values, and negotiating between native and host differences in acceptable social behaviors. It is an experience requiring a constant stream of bodily energy and both an individual and familial endeavor involving enduring loneliness.
Furthermore, food habits and food consumption are affected by acculturation on different levels. “Food habits are discreet and practiced privately, and change occurs slowly. Consumption of new food items is affected by the availability of native ingredients, convenience, and cost; therefore, an immediate change is likely to occur.”²
Our digestive system enables the body to get nutrients from food that ingests through the mouth of our daily lives. It consists of a series of large hollow organs containing foods in certain duration and let food pass through them.
I use a simple metaphor from ‘the digestive system’ to ‘porcelain containers’ because both hold foods in their inner space and it presents acculturative stress in a humoristic way. Simultaneously, porcelain shows the context with its properties which expresses fragility, firmness, and durability.
Four porcelain jars are metaphoric objects in a figurative form and they address how the body is connected to our mind and allows to go through new circumstances like a digestion process and how the process affects each person with personal identity, meaning, communication, and learning all depends on differences or variance.
The work is designed for a useful purpose so that it is available to contain food or other materials. The four-part; big intestine, small intestine, stomach, the liver is a set of this work and it can be presented in separate tables.
I present my work on the table and it should be treated in a careful way with gloves.
Acculturative Jars, 2017, Porcelain, 40 x 70 x 25 cm.Germany.
¹ Berry, John W, Phinney. Jean S, Sam, David L. Vedder, Paul, Immigrant Youth: Acculturation, Identity, and Adaptation, Applied Psychology, [Online: Pdf ], doi:10.1111/j.1464-0597, 2006, p. 303–332
² Noriza Ishak, Mohd Salehuddin Mohd. Zahari, Zulhan Othman, Influence of Acculturation on Foodways among Ethnic Groups and Common Acceptable Food, UK: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 105, 2013, p. 439.