The Gang Gets Pastoral

Two weekends ago, the research team photographed and toured a fish farm about one hour away from Fudan. Before we arrived at the farm, however, we ate lunch at a nearby restaurant. Paintings and inscriptions created in artistic styles native to the local area decorated the halls leading to our private dining room, which also featured beautiful artwork. The meal …

The Gang Gets Sinicized

My name is Tom, and I am a rising sophomore at Davidson who hopes to major in Chinese. With my sleep cycle normalized and my body well rested, I believe I can string together a few thoughts into a reflective post. In China’s long history, many groups of people and sometimes entire civilizations have assimilated themselves into the Han Chinese …

Two Different Worlds of Food

Last week’s reading about food deserts in NYC resonated with me. My daily commute from the suburbs of NYC to high school on the Upper East Side took me through East Harlem. As a result, I witnessed firsthand the contrasting food sources that predominate each neighborhood. Exiting the Harlem-125th St. Metro North stop brought me face to face with either …

Organic vs. Sustainable

In recent classes, we have discussed the impact of globalization on food availability in the US. Though foods have largely retained their cultural significance, they are increasingly viewed as commodities. Labels stating “organic” or “naturally grown” imply that the product was grown free of chemical treatment, locally, or with minimal impact on the environment. However, Americans’ growing obsession with organic …

US Government’s Hidden Influences on Food Marke

As a New Yorker, I have heard tons of outcry over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial public-health policies during his tenure. First came the ban on smoking cigarettes in indoor places and NYC Parks (recently expanded to include e-cigs, as well), which was lauded almost universally, the exception being regular smokers. He also required restaurants and food vendors to post sanitary …