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Culture of Food in China. Producing Preparing Sharing. Producing. “The Chinese don’t farm so much as they garden”. Producing. Long standing policy of self sufficiency in China Eat what is produced nearby Therefore very fresh Limited diet in some areas Meat in high desert & Mongolia

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Culture of food in china

Culture of Food in China

Producing

Preparing

Sharing


Producing

Producing

  • “The Chinese don’t farm so much as they garden”


Producing1

Producing

  • Long standing policy of self sufficiency in China

  • Eat what is produced nearby

    • Therefore very fresh

    • Limited diet in some areas

      • Meat in high desert & Mongolia

      • Fish in southeast


Production facts

Production facts

  • 21% of world’s population in China

  • 9% of the arable land

  • Poorly distributed water resources

  • 8% of population lives on less than $1 per day

  • Financial Gap between urban & rural is growing


China eyes overseas land

China eyes overseas land

  • Min of Ag. Drafted proposal to buy/rent farm land in Africa & South America

  • China losing self sufficiency as rising wealth demands more meat

  • Raising meat requires imported feed or grazing land which is now planted with food crops


Rising prices

Rising prices

  • 1st quarter of 2008, food prices rose 25%

  • “perfect storm” of high demand, tight supply & market opening will drive food imports

  • Soybean imports tripled in last 3-4 years


Preparing

Preparing

  • Confucian ideas of Li & Xiao drive the preparation of meals

    • Li is ritual, customs, etiquette

    • Xiao is filial responsibility

      • Family as pervasive model of order

        Sharing preparation of the meal is ritualistic

        Planning, shopping, chopping, woking

        Group interaction creates community


Noodle making

Noodle making

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfu1ZHiMP8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pZOntkR7Sk&NR=1

Dumpling making for New Year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfIZR8z3mFE


Sharing a meal

Sharing a meal

When the Western world was sending missionaries

Why did the Chinese send chefs?


Greeting in rural areas

Greeting in rural areas

“have you had your meal?”


Ritual of eating

Ritual of eating

Round table serves as altar of sorts

Common plates foster community


No waste

NO Waste

The idea is to keep the stomach full and the trash can empty


Show video my country my kitchen

Show video: My country, My kitchen

“I wanted to hug him but we don’t do that, so we cooked together”


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