Saturday, November 17, 2012

Upcoming Seminar: Milk and Modernity in South China

"The Globalization of Milk: Milk and Modernity in South China"

Speaker: Veronica MAK
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, CUHK
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 23 November 2012
Venue: Room 401 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


This presentation is based on an ethnographic study of the production and consumption of cow’s milk in Shunde, where traditional buffalo milk culture existed until recently but imported milk has become dominant. Contrary to the popular view that cow milk consumption in China is a result of the influence of a modern “western” diet, milk production and consumption in South China is actually a continuation and reinvention of a Chinese tradition. The popularity of milk consumption in Shunde is driven by the forces of globalization, capitalism, and modern state-building. The different values associated with milk consumption, including health claims, notions of culinary heritage, and government promoted national pride, show that milk is a contested ground for the reconfiguration of modern identity


Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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