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Gourmets in the Land of FamineThe Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton$
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Seung-Joon Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772266

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772266.001.0001

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Taste in Numbers

Taste in Numbers

Science and the Chinese Food Problem

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Gourmets in the Land of Famine
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This chapter outlines the provinice of Guomindang's blind trust in Western science and technology and how these interests resulted in the technocratic and instrumental misunderstanding of the nature of rice supply and consumption. It shows that the food problem legitimized the province's political application of scientific knowledge. Science gave the provinice's planning impeccable recognition. The food problem became a primary concern for all sorts of Chinese people. The first step toward the fundamental solution for all problems was to restore the balance between the urban and rural sectors. The urgency of the food problem compelled the mutual cooperation between state power and science. China had to both achieve scientific knowledge and practice it to make a breakthrough.

Keywords:   Guomindang, Western science and technology, rice supply, food problem, state power, China

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