The Chinese Fortune Telling System. BaZi Method by G L Golding

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Two dear friends and colleagues at Bennington helped me most in the completion of this book: Carol Pal and Barbara Alfano. From the minute we started at Bennington College together, the three of us set our sights on publishing our books, and we’ve done it! Their friendship has been a grounding force in my life; I will always be appreciative of them. Fieldwork requires a lot of assistance. Andrew Roberts shared his ideas and curiosities about Southeast Asian herbs, leading us to the homegardens in Homestead, Florida.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have met the many people throughout this work that I would otherwise not know. The interactions that I have had with people involved in my research are a great privilege. Introduction SITUATING MANHATTAN’S CHINATOWN In Manhattan’s Chinatown colorful tropical fruits dangle from storefront awnings, stir-fry greens form pyramids on sidewalk tables, live blue crabs slide over each other inside plastic buckets, and Peking duck glistens behind windowpanes. The food landscape of Chinatown is in plain sight, on the street, for all to see, smell, and taste.

Yet Chinatown’s produce markets also display characteristics that are alternative, or contradictory, to globalization. The retail and wholesale sectors are small and fragmented. The wholesale, not retail, sector sets prices. Asian immigrants and their descendants continue to consume ethnic foods, resisting acculturation and the mainstreaming of Asian diets into American ones. Chinese food in New York’s Chinese restaurants continues to change with shifting immigration trends from China and urban trends in eating, reflecting current tastes and ideas about dining.

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