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Michael Owen Jones and Lucy M. Long

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810847

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810847.001.0001

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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

(p.115) Viili as a Finnish American Comfort Food: The Long and Short of it
Comfort Food

Yvonne R. Lockwood

William G. Lockwood

University Press of Mississippi

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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