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Gourmets in the Land of Famine: The Culture and Politics of Rice in Modern Canton

Seung-Joon Lee


A study of the politics of rice in Canton, this book sheds new light on the local history of the city and illuminates how China's struggles with food shortages in the early twentieth century unfolded and the ways in which they were affected by the rise of nationalism and the fluctuation of global commerce. The book profiles Canton as an exemplary site of provisioning, a critical gateway for foreign-rice importation and distribution through the Pearl River Delta, which found its prized import, and thus its food security, threatened by the rise of Chinese nationalism. The book argues that the mo ... More

Keywords: Canton, China, rice, food shortages, nationalism, Pearl River Delta, trade networks, rice production, famine, Guomindang government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804772266
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804772266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seung-Joon Lee, author