Jia-chen Fu, Emory University
In a time of rapid change in China during the late-19th early 20th centuries, how did global economic conditions reshape Chinese scientific and medical enthusiasm for the soybean? Soybeans had been thought of as a famine crop, a base for fertilizer, a source for cooking, lubrication, and lighting. Then newer, techno-scientific visions of the soybean came in, establishing it as a global industrial commodity and modern foodstuff.
To leave behind its international image as the “Land of Famine,” China sought to develop the great potential of this nutritious and domestically-grown miracle plant. The soybean captivated the attention of late Qing, early Republican intellectuals, because it portended a brave, new world driven by technological innovation, yet still organically tied to a notion of Chineseness.
About the Presenter
is Associate Professor of Chinese at Emory University, and author of The Other Milk: Soy, Science, and Sovereignty in Modern China
(2018, University of Washington Press). The Other Milk
explores the curious paths that led to the notion of the deficient Chinese diet and to soybean milk as the way to guarantee food security for the masses. Jia-Chen Fu's in-depth examination of the intertwined relationships between diet, health, and nation illuminates the multiple forces that have been essential in the formation of nutrition science in China.
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