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The Rise (and Fall) of Rice
The world’s sticky love affair with rice may have begun in China. Or India. Like most love affairs, the details differ depending on who you ask, and memory is swayed by emotion when contemplating matters close to the (cultural) heart. Rice today cla…
Surprising Facts About the History of Chopsticks
Chopsticks are ubiquitous in Asia. They are essential for one’s daily life in the region, or the “chopsticks cultural sphere” that encompasses China, the Korean Peninsula, Japanese archipelago, and parts of Mongolia and mainland Southeas…
Happy Chinese New Year!
Today marks one of the largest holidays celebrated around the world. Chinese New Year celebrations will take place from Shanghai to London to San Francisco, and we’re ringing in the Year of the Goat with the new book Chopsticks: A Cultural and …