Dr. Veronica Mak recently published a book “Milk Craze: Body, Science, and Hope in China”, which examines and compares developments in the dairy industry and dairy consumption in diet, cross-nationally and globally, in China, and more specifically in two localities, Shunde and Hong Kong.
Date: February, 07. 2021
About the Book
Why do the Chinese, who are mostly lactase impersistent, suddenly thirst for milk today? Whether it is formula milk, fresh cow milk, or tea with condensed milk, the rocketing milk consumption and production in China are of increasing global food safety, health and environmental concerns. Milk Crazeexamines and compares developments in the dairy industry and dairy consumption in diet, cross-nationally and globally, in China, and more specifically in two localities, Shunde and Hong Kong.
Through an innovative analysis of medical texts and social media, and careful ethnographic studies, Veronica Mak ponders why the surge in demand for Western cow milk coincides with the plunge in the sales of the indigenous water buffalo milk and cheese. She reveals the multiple ways in which global industries and the Chinese dairy conglomerates sabotage and destroy local dairy farms. She shows that the rise of milk consumption is not just about the globalization of cow milk production and Westernization of the Chinese diet, but also due to the crossovers between thetraditional Chinese diet and medicine and modern global diets. She uses these reference points to explore the multiple meaningsof dairy foods in China, such as the class and cultural attributes associated with British “milk tea” and flavored yogurt products, water buffalo curds and cheese, and the lower class associations of labor in the water-buffalo dairying industries, and then discusses these developments in Chinathrough colonial and modern global perspectives. Milk Craze argues powerfully that the Westernization or dramatic change of diet in China too often obscures structural, educational, occupational and social stresses and constraints, while naturalizing the dubious redefinition of health, cognitive performance, and ideal body shapeas individual responsibility and imperative.
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