About the country its people and their experiences

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about the country, its people and their experiences Perhaps the most influential of these was written by Samuel Wells Williams, the editor and printer of the Chinese Repository In 1845, Williams had returned to the US on furlough. He wished to see his father and he hoped to raise money for his China work. He wanted the funds to purchase a complete set of Chinese type, so he could publish Bibles, tracts, and other works in Chinese. o His backers on the missionary board were dubious—but he manage to raise $600 o He set out to lecture on China in any church or public hall that would invite him
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o Compiled The Middle Kingdom by 1847, a 2 volume, 1250 page tome that remained the principal American reference work on China into the 20th century Writes about food in the Repository o People began to be less interested in China o Had to stop publishing eventually Caleb Cushing USS Brandywine in Feb 1844, carried the first United States ambassador to China He was bearing a letter from President John Tyler to China’s emperor Determined to do whatever it took to formalize a treaty establishing diplomatic relations between the US and China –even if it meant eating at a Chinese table Weird outfit American locals in China did not welcome him. They were afraid that his inexperience in dealing with imperial officials would only worsen their relationships with the Chinese gov Cushing’s request to come to Beijing was denied o He hired translators and learned all he could about local customs o Finally the emperor agreed to meet in Macau Yuan Mei o Poet during the Qing Dynasty in China o Famous for his passion for cooking - wrote a cookbook including culinary rules and principles about the way food should be prepared o a food’s unique characteristics and qualities should shine through Fan-cai “Fan” refers to cooked grain and “Cai” refers to vegetables, meat, or seafood. “Fan-Cai” refers to the combination of cooked grain with vegetables/meat/seafood Krishna a cowherd, protector of cows Cow is last transmigration before human Eat Drink Man Woman Showcases the family dynamic surrounding family dinner o A crumbling family? Daughters started to resent dinner o Oldest daughter retained Sunday dinner Significance: holding onto family tradition or letting go because people get busy and have to move on with their lives Food is as basic a drive as sex Perpetuated sacredness of kitchen with father insisting to cook with minimal help from daughters The first Pure Food and Drug Act Who: movement of people that wanted food safety all around What: before, food wasn’t labeled correctly, they weren’t produced or package well/ wanted to protect the public against adulteration of food and from products identified as harmful w/o scientific support When: 1906
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Where: United States of America How -- shows the significance of where people showed more care about what they are
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