A Cordon Bleu trained chef, Booth seeks to explore and demystify the Japanese culinary tradition, one of the most refined, fascinating and delectable of the world’s cuisines. For anyone who has eaten mediocre supermarket sushi, tempura that resembles a corn dog, or instant ramen in a foam cup, and wonders what all the fuss over Japanese food is about, this book will be a revelation. For those who have been lucky enough to eat sushi in the motherland, it will be both a nostalgia tour and an education, likely to result in a gluttonous meal at a favorite Japanese restaurant.
In 1980, as China pivoted away from Maoist principles to Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms, the government introduced the one-child policy, ushering in the biggest social engineering project ever attempted in human history. The repercussions of this policy, from the parents who were left childless after the Sichuan earthquake to the unwanted girls who have made China the largest source country for transnational adoptions, are exhaustively detailed in this fast-paced yet granularly detailed study. While providing a unique portrait of China today, the author also poignantly explores the meaning and importance of family in a fast changing yet still deeply traditional society.
While most people know about China's "one child policy", they usually don't stop to consider all of the social implications that come with it. In One Child, Mei Fong explores them and lays them out for us. Through male favoritism, adoption, fertility, retirement, adoption and more we begin to see just how far the policy reaches through Chinese society. Beginning in January of this year, the policy was relaxed to two children, but after reading this you may find yourself wondering if it's too little too late.