Recorded 27 March 2020, Beijing & Wuxi, China
In this episode, we speak with Jin Feng, Professor of literature at Grinnell College, Iowa, and author of a new book on Chinese foodways. Jin discusses how the experience of leading a study trip to China and Russia helped shape her personal interest in food into a research program, how she expanded her circle of foodie friends into a professional network of chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs, and how themes of gender and nostalgia recur across centuries of writing about food.
Feng, Jin. Tasting Paradise on Earth: Jiangnan Foodways , 2019. University of Washington Press.
Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth.The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class ., 2017. Princeton University Press.
Music used with kind permission of guqin performer Yan Yiqiao.
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