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Changing Rice Bowl: Economic Development and Diet in China

Economic Development and Diet in China

Elizabeth J. Leppman

Publication Year: 2005

The book deals with a topic of perennial interest to Chinese and non-Chinese alike: Chinese food. Chinese culture is exceptionally food-oriented, and non-Chinese are curious about what Chinese people in China actually eat, as contrasted with meals in ever-popular Chinese restaurants.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Inevitably, numerous people have contributed to the evolution and construction of this book I owe my enthusiasm for China and desire to specialize m that region of the world most directly to Zhao Hongshen, who introduced me to his homeland and infected me with a desire to learn more He and Qi Hanshen were also my first tutors in the Chinese...

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1. Diet, Economic Development, and Culture

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pp. 1-6

Everybody eats. Food is necessary for biological survival; all people must somehow obtain it, whether by collecting it, producing it, or purchasing it. It is, therefore, an item in every household budget. The initial range of potential foods is a matter of various ecological and environmental constraints (Chang, 1977b: 6). From this range, people, although omnivorous, make choices among...

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2. Culture and Food

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pp. 7-28

China is a developing country, in fact, a rapidly developing country and Liaoning Province is in its more developed east coast region. China's course of economic development has seen many twists and turns, reflecting political shifts and events, but provision of sufficient food and adequate nutrition has remained an important the me throughout. In addition to being a biological necessity, food is also an element...

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3. The Chinese Dietary Regime

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pp. 29-51

In keeping with the rest of Chinese culture, the dietary regime of present-day China is the result of thousands of years of development. Some elements are indigenous, while others have been imported. Food is a pivotal part of any culture, but, for various historical reasons, it is especially central to Chinese culture. China has been characterized as having a food-centered culture; even ...

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4. Food Production to Food Purchase: Economic Development and Urbanization

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pp. 53-87

Major changes in lifestyle, including the way households provide food for themselves, accompany the multifaceted societal transformation, collectively called economic development. Economic development, by Todaro's definition, involves economic growth, that is, rising gross national product (GNP), "the capacity of a national economy, whose initial economic condition has been ...

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5. Liaoning Province

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pp. 89-113

To see more clearly what Chinese people eat on a day-to-day basis, we now focus on one province: Liaoning in Northeastern China. This chapter surveys the geography of Liaoning Province, describes the food and diet situation for the province as a whole, and lays out the application of McGee's zhenxianghua model. While no one province truly can represent a country as large and ...

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6. Meals in the Households of Liaoning

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pp. 115-154

As we have seen, on the national and provincial scale, China indeed displays a rural/urban contrast in economic aspects of diet. But what do Chinese people really eat? What is Chinese food like in China? Are Chinese tastes really changing in line with the preferred foods among better-off citizens? For that information, we must look at food and nutrition at a very local scale by asking ...

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7. China's Changing Rice Bowl

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pp. 155-163

China's last great famine was from 1958 to l961, the result of the failed campaign of the Great Leap Forward. The next major political upheaval, the Cultural Revolution (1966-76 ) did not produce widespread starvation, although diets were terribly unbalanced and lacked important nutrients. In promoting economic development and unleashing the energies of China's ...


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pp. 165-166


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pp. 167-188

Appendix A

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pp. 189-198

Appendix B

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pp. 199-208

Appendix C

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pp. 209-210


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pp. 211-220

E-ISBN-13: 9789882200609
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622097230

Page Count: 228
Publication Year: 2005

OCLC Number: 650586930
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  • Food habits -- China -- Liaoning Sheng.
  • Diet -- China -- Liaoning Sheng.
  • Food habits -- China.
  • Food supply -- China.
  • Diet -- China.
  • China -- Economic conditions -- 2000-.
  • Liaoning Sheng (China) -- Economic conditions.
  • Food supply -- China -- Liaoning Sheng.
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