I am currently reading a book by Nir Avieli, who is an academic at Ben Gurion University in Israel. The book is called Rice Talks (2012, Indiana University Press) and is about eating culture, and particularly rice as part of that culture, in Vietnam. It is an interesting book from the perspective of learning about how people in a particular place eat, though there are some generalisations about Chinese foodways, used within the book to provide context, that just don’t resonate. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Markets
Fresh Food Markets and Public Health
I was recently doing some research for a project on HK wet markets. For those not from Asia, these are like farmers markets, except the food is purchased mostly from the wholesale market rather than trucked into the market by the farmers themselves. In Hong Kong, this is largely because most of what was once farm land is now new towns and high rise housing. Food in the markets is fresh. Sellers buy the food each morning from one of the wholesale markets such as the one at Ya Ma Tae. The sellers can either be hawkers, selling on the street, or market sellers, who are located in a purpose built space, which have been run, until recently by the HK Food and Environmental Hygiene department. Despite their importance in the nutritional landscape of Hong Kong, they are not so prominently placed in the economic landscape. Continue reading
Ya Ma Tei Fruit Market
In the center of Mong Kok is what appears to be an old, run-down market; its single-story stature at odds with the high-rise buildings that surround it. If you wander past by day you might think that the market is just hanging on as only a few sellers on the periphery will be open and selling fruits. A meander through might also leave you thinking this is largely an abandoned space, and yet it beckons. Continue reading
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