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Worth It Goes To Taiwan $0.50 Dumpling Vs. $29 Dumplings • BuzzFeedVideo via TrickyTaipei

Food and the World. Globalisation. note the annotation by Tricky Taipei, too. two connections to our class. first, money and globalisation — $80 mango, $29 dumplings, and our semester long discussion about value and hierarchy. second, globalisation and high technology creating a new genre of global travel and food reporting — given that globalisation is the latest phase of global imperialism, inequality and exploitation are necessary characteristics of all global interactions, travel and food shows also fall well within these confines. what parts of the world play the relatively passive, exotic places to be explored and narrated, versus what tiny parts of the world have the resource and power to dominate the global conversation mirrors the global imperialism pattern for the past five centuries. Professor Liang p.s. i will never spend $29 for dumplings, but yes, Taiwanese dumplings are very tasty …. and remember, most civilisations have a comparable form of food, meat covered by starch — historically tiny bits of meat, not like today — a classic poor people food to stretch the resource as far as possible ….

Worth It Goes To Taiwan $0.50 Dumpling Vs. $29 Dumplings •BuzzFeedVideo via TrickyTaipei

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Here are the ‘oppressive’ working conditions at the farms that supply Whole Foods, report shows MarketWatch

Globalisation. imperialism and colonialism are like viruses — they adapt and change through time while retaining the essential characteristics of inequality, violence, and exploitation. unlike the traditional, classic forms where the violence and exercise of power may be easier to track, the current variants are better camouflaged, hidden — imperialism with a smiling face and soothing, therapeutic euphemism. some of the leading global imperial players of 2019 — Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook — also happens to talk a good game of high tech utopianism and global universalism …. all the while bleeding the so called developing world and the poor dry. so, critical analytical tools must constantly adjust to changing global environment. Professor Liang

Here are the ‘oppressive’ working conditions at the farms that supply Whole Foods, report shows MarketWatch

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/farms-that-supply-whole-foods-subject-workers-to-oppressive-conditions-international-report-finds-2019-10-10

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Explore Taiwan’s Unique Themed Restaurant Culture Smithsonian Magazine

Globalisation. food and foodways …. Anthony Bourdain visited a restaurant in Singapore where the theme is surgical — globalisation, consumerism, and saturation — in an era where everything material and virtual are over-saturated, shock is the only way to get attention. i myself prefer the quiet and simple and slow — the time tested and the familiar and the familial. i suspect part of the anger and anxiety is coming from being bombarded with shock-attention grabbing manipulation all the time. which reminds me of two recent articles, about doctors prescribing “nature” — go for a hike, go meditate in a forest — as medicine; and the longstanding Japanese practice of immersing oneself in nature. of course the nature of globalisation is that somewhere somehow this will turn viral, become a “must do” …. books and websites and advice columns will appear about the right and wrong way to “do” nature, and then before you know it, a billion dollar multinational industry will appear — nature coaching, nature tours, products to use while encountering nature, etc. Professor Liang

Explore Taiwan’s Unique Themed Restaurant Culture Smithsonian Magazine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-taiwans-unique-restaurant-culture-180959241/

 

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Capturing Optimism in Photographs of Chinatowns Around the World Hyperallergic

Globalisation. next phase of class is an experiment in balancing story-telling, art, and research. this brief article is a good example — in it you will find many elements we have already discussed, food, foodways, migration, social-economic, race, identity, collective memory …. balanced with storytelling, and beautiful art. Professor Liang

Capturing Optimism in Photographs of Chinatowns Around the World Hyperallergic

Capturing Optimism in Photographs of Chinatowns Around the World

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Average cost of family health plans pushes above $20,000 for first time Minneapolis Star Tribune

Poli Sci. Globalisation. why are voters so anxious? …. well, big picture wise, let’s take post WW2, real income for middle to lower middle class families have remained stagnant and/or lowered. while cost of key areas of life: housing, healthcare, higher ed, transportation, energy, have all increased steadily. add in job insecurity plus structural debt, and we have an environment made for polarisation, populism, politics of anger, etc. all of these elements are explosive enough — layer on top of this social media, and elements of our global political landscape make far more sense. remember too, this is not a uniquely American issue — globalisation touches every corner of this globe, and so there are echoes of this all across the world. Professor Liang

Average cost of family health plans pushes above $20,000 for first time Minneapolis Star Tribune

26 September 2019

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