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Viili as a Finnish American Comfort Food: The Long and Short of it

Viili as a Finnish American Comfort Food: The Long and Short of it

Chapter:
(p.115) Viili as a Finnish American Comfort Food: The Long and Short of it
Source:
Comfort Food
Author(s):
Yvonne R. LockwoodWilliam G. Lockwood
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810847.003.0007

Milk products are an important part of the Finnish American diet, and here the focus is on the role of an iconic dairy product in the continuity of Finnish American ethnicity and the maintenance of Finnish America itself. Viili, fermented milk resembling yogurt, is a food enjoyed in Finland and has been made and eaten in Finnish America since immigration. The chapter explores the interrelatedness of the social and cultural aspects of this food, how and why it serves as “comfort food,” the concept of “nostalgia,” and the ways in which viili interconnect Finnish Americans.

Keywords:   Ethnicity, Identity, Milk, Nostalgia, Immigration

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