{CANCELED} A Tale of Two Curds: The Unlikely Story of Tofu’s Milky Genesis


Chinese cuisine is famous for many things, but not cheese. The combination of Chinese and cheese sounds like an oxymoron, but things were different several centuries ago. In this talk, Miranda Brown explores the closely-related histories of dairy and bean curd: shared vocabulary, common techniques of production, and similar culinary applications. She revisits popular myths about the dairy-free nature of Chinese cuisine. Far from playing a marginal role in Chinese history, non-staple foods like cheese have left an outsized culinary and dietary imprint on the foodways of billions.

Miranda Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Politics of Mourning in Early China and The Art of Medicine in Early China: The Ancient and Medieval Origins of a Modern Archive. She is now writing a book on the history of dairy in premodern China and chronicles her efforts to re-imagine Chinese food at http://www.chinesefoodhistory.org) and on Twitter (@Dong_Muda). 

Sponsored by the Chinese department. Free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:30pm

Eliot Hall, 314
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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