Nature Education THROUGH Food

This past week, Xiaoyun, Lucy and I took a two-day trip to Chongming Island to conduct follow-up interviews at Xingeng Eco Farm and DreamLand Farm. At both farms, there was emphasis on nature education as a core component of each Farm’s Mission Statement. At DreamLand Farm,  Zhang Lu talked about how the biodiversity of the land is important in the …

Peasant Family Happiness, Tourism and Food

In the Ethnographic Film, Peasant, Family Happiness by Jenny Chio, Chio looks at two villages that are “ethnic tourism” destinations in Contemporary China. These villages stimulate the local economy by creating tourist attractions for both urban Chinese and foreigners based on ethnic and regional culture. Food often participates as a main attraction. I was first introduced to the term “Nong …

Nature Education THROUGH Food

This past week, Xiaoyun, Lucy and I took a two-day trip to Chongming Island to conduct follow-up interviews at Xingeng Eco Farm and DreamLand Farm. At both farms, there was emphasis on nature education as a core component of each Farm’s Mission Statement. At DreamLand Farm,  Zhang Lu talked about how the biodiversity of the land is important in the …

Food Prep Prejudice

Walmart is worldwide. I spent time in the grocery section of the Walmart in Wu Jiao Chang for the first time yesterday and had a bit of a sensory-overload experience. My nose registered the meat produce before my eyes. To be honest, the smell wasn’t bad. In fact it was similar to the Wet Markets we visited last week. But …

Let(t)-uc(e) Not Make Comparisons

Our time in Shanghai is enriched by farm visits, conversations with farmers, scholars, street vendors and many more enlightening experiences with educated informants. However, I find myself wanting to constantly make comparisons from what I witness in Shanghai and what I know about my home in the United States. It is easy to make comparisons and one way people can discover …

Sweet, Sweet Shanghai

Those that live in Shanghai seem to like their sweets. Most dishes, and especially drinks, in the city are sweetened with everything from honey to red bean paste. A lot of us had trouble finding “black coffee” without sweetened milk in the first couple of days. We needed the caffeine to cope with our jet-lag, but most of the bottled beverages …

Settling into Shanghai

My name is Liz and I am a rising junior at Davidson College. I’ve never been to China and couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity I  have along with my fellow Davidson students this summer. As a budding anthropology major I am learning about the importance of creating goals before you embark on a research project and the need for flexibility once …

Throw-Back to Sustainability of the Antiquity

The culture shift that is encouraging companies to use more sustainable farming methods is not based on new ideology. Back in the time of Antiquity, the forms of farming that occurred would be considered extremely “sustainable” and “environmentally friendly” by today’s standards. Part of this is because in the past, farmers and horticulturalists did not have the kinds of technologies …

Public Interest in Nature’s Fruits

Trends in what people believe is important change as culture and population needs shifts. The shift from public interest in local food from organic foods we read this past week, reminded me of of the shifts in garden structure during the period of Antiquity. When agricultural methods were crucial to the food sources for populations, gardens were seen as spaces …

“Creative Non-Fiction” in Academia

After reading the piece on the importance of critical self reflection assigned for class last week, I started to wonder how often this method of reflection is used in an academic setting. Whenever an article on a specific subject is published, it always seems to read with an impersonal tone, where the author takes his or her voice out of …