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Consuming Asia: Culinary tourism, soft power and mediation of Peranakan TV

Tan, E.ORCID: 0000-0002-1396-762X and Lim, T. (2017) Consuming Asia: Culinary tourism, soft power and mediation of Peranakan TV. In: 3rd Global Tourism and Hospitality Conference, 5 - 7 June 2017, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong



This paper examines the role of East Asian pop culture flows in boosting the soft power of Asian nations. Specifically, it explores the role of television dramas and pop culture in promoting heritage culinary heritage tourism. While much has been discussed on the globalizing appeal of Korean pop culture in boosting Korean tourism and cultural consumption, little has been studied within the context of Southeast Asian countries’ indigenous cultures such as the Peranakan culture in Singapore. This study examines the nostalgic and culinary appeal of The Little Nyonya <小娘惹>, a regionally successful locally-produced Peranakan TV drama from Singapore, and suggests that if media and tourism policies were better integrated, Singapore’s unique, multicultural heritage and culture could be a source of soft power and tourism attraction, attracting both viewers and visitors to Singapore.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
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