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Tasting paradise on earth : Jiangnan foodways / Jin Feng

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Feng, Jin, 1971- author.
Publication Info.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2019]


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"Tasting Paradise on Earth examines the tension between China's fast-forward modernization and its prevalent cultural nostalgia through an interdisciplinary exploration of how key cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces in the Lower Yangzi Delta region, or 'Jiangnan, ' preserve culinary inheritance while also revamping it for the new millennium. Throughout Chinese history, food nostalgia has generated cultural currency for individuals. Tasting Paradise on Earth examines literary treatments of Jiangnan foodways from late imperial and twentieth-century China, and demonstrates the metamorphosis of this cultural landscape in contemporary China, with its new platforms for food nostalgia, such as broadcast media and the Internet. It also highlights the role that gender plays in the expression of food nostalgia and the construction of personal and cultural identities. This analysis both sheds light on Chinese modernization and has broader comparative relevance for the study of global food cultures and modernization. It demonstrates that the (re)formation and management of individual and collective identities in a society undergoing massive transformations can be achieved by homely arts such as cooking, in addition to--and perhaps more effectively than--'high' art forms such as literature and music"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Chronology of Chinese dynasties -- Jiangnan style : hometown cuisine for chefs and writers -- Suzhou : paradise on earth -- The commodification of food nostalgia : restaurants and media -- Hangzhou : the fashionable capital -- Nanjing : managing historical time -- Epilogue: Contemporary food nostalgia.
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 04, 2019).
Local Note
Food habits -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Food -- Social aspects -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Social change -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Yangtze River Delta (China) -- Social life and customs.
Habitudes alimentaires -- Chine -- Yangzi jiang, Delta du -- Histoire.
Aliments -- Aspect social -- Chine -- Yangzi jiang, Delta du -- Histoire.
Yangzi jiang, Delta du (Chine) -- Mœurs et coutumes.
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
Food habits. (OCoLC)fst00930807
Food -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00930613
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Social change. (OCoLC)fst01122310
China -- Yangtze River Delta. (OCoLC)fst01258218
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form:
Print version: Feng, Jin, 1971- Tasting paradise on earth. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2019] 9780295745985 (DLC) 2019001392
9780295746005 (electronic book)
0295746009 (electronic book)
9780295745985 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
9780295745992 (pbk. ; alk. paper)