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Death and Life of Nature in Asian Cities$
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Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528684

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528684.001.0001

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Keeping Pace with the Foodshed in Hangzhou

Keeping Pace with the Foodshed in Hangzhou

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(p.177) 9 Keeping Pace with the Foodshed in Hangzhou
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Death and Life of Nature in Asian Cities
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Caroline Merrifield

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528684.003.0010

As urban Hangzhou rapidly expands into its rural hinterlands, it transforms the agrarian landscapes that sustain it. This chapter is an ethnographic investigation of Hangzhou’s changing “foodshed,” from the point of view of the procurement agents who supply a farm-to-table restaurant in the city’s scenic West Lake District. In this context, the lives and deaths of nonhuman natures are a matter of unstable perspective: former productive farm fields have ghostly afterlives in the present urban core, while reanimated spaces of “wild” nature can be deathly for vibrant human communities. My findings in Hangzhou underline the crucial significance of agrarian environments within the ecologies of urbanism framework. Agrarian landscapes unsettle analytic binaries between human and non-human natures. At the same time, human-centric conceptions of agrarian “nature” provide critical insights about the tempo and meaning of unfolding urban transformations.

Keywords:   foodsheds, regional cuisine, agrarian environments, agrarian transformation, urbanization, Jiangnan Region, Hangzhou

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