Peruvian immigration in the U.S. has tripled in less than a decade and in Connecticut alone, Peruvians are the second largest Latino population. The Peruvian government would like to document the presence of these emigrants, their impact on the local community, and particularly their professional success. My investigation examines the cultural identity of Peruvians in Hartford through their ethnic restaurants in order to answer, “What aspect of Peruvian culture is being disseminated in these ethnic enclaves?” I concentrate on local and popular Peruvian restaurants and interview the owners, chefs, workers and local customers. Peruvian cuisine for many compatriots is seen as a way to break social barriers and unite not only their comrades (i.e., other Peruvians), but the broader community in Hartford.
Chunga-Celis, Andrea, "Peruvian Identity: Food as Culture" (2012). Community Learning Research Fellows. 81.