This paper looks at gastronomic identity in the age of global labor migrations. Focusing on the nineteenth-century indentured labor voyages from northern India to the sugar colonies in the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific regions, it highlights the sea voyage as both a social setting and a mirror back onto colonial society. The space of the indentured labor ship serves as an innovative site for understanding the political, cultural, and economic dimensions of historical labor movements, through which colonial politics and gustemic identities were negotiated. An analysis of the food provisions and other culinary items that British colonial officials provided to indentured workers during their journeys situates the “taste” of laborers in colonial feedings.

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