Tiffins in Taipei

11 Jun

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Oopsie, last entry April?? Termtime has me firmly in hand! Just yesterday I treated my students in my course on Food Culture to a Foodie Film: Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman. Every summer semester I offer this English course to our own and our exchange students, exploring where food, nutrition and culture meet. Food in media, including film, is one of our subjects. Last time I showed Babette’s Feast and I don’t think I’ll ever run out of films to choose from: besides those pictured below there are Fried Green Tomatoes, The Scent of Green Papayas, and don’t forget Dinner Rush! IMDb has its own compilation while there’s a user-generated list with an irreverent cartoon take of Eat Drink Man Woman here.

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Eat Drink Man Woman revolves around a Taipei family father and master chef, Mr. Chu and his three daughters Jia-Ning, Jia-Kien and Jia-Jen. Besides lovingly preparing Sunday family meals, Chu ends up preparing school meals for a “granddaughter” figure, Shan Shan. Imagine my delight in seeing him take the meals to school in a tiffin (see the still from the film below)!

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San Diego’s online source for Asian culture, JadeDragon, claims three world class chefs, numerous food experts and more than one hundred recipes authentically prepared went into the making of Eat Drink Man Woman.  Treat yourself to the opening scene. It’s a meditation and a homage to food preparation, just beaut!

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