Macrobiotic: A Way of Life of Ho Chi Minh City's Urban People with the Mark of Buddhist Culture


  • Phan Thi Hong Xuan Dean of Faculty of Urban Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan Collaborator in Center of Archaeology-Southern Institute of Social Sciences, Vietnam


Vegetarianism, Macrobiotic, Buddhist, Way of Life


This paper presents the results of a survey aiming to understand macrobiotic vegetarianism and to prove that vegetarianism is an urban residents’ way of living representing the Mahayana Buddhism’s culture. The research took a month in collecting data from the vegetarian restaurants to understand vegetarian's perceptions toward macrobiotic vegetarian as macrobiotics has been developed to a new model of vegetarian. The analysis of this article base on the data gathered from in-depth interviews, participant observation, combined with the analysis of urban anthropology to make clear about how the ‘macrobiotic-vegetarian’ create their identity. The perspective of balanced macrobiotic is a new perception that vegetarian can bring healthy life for urban residents in Ho Chi Minh City and as the Dalai Lama said: "We strive to live best by staying healthy, our physical and mental joy. Because we eat to live, how healthy we live and how well we recover from illness depends on eating.”


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