Mark Swislocki


On his book Culinary Nostalgia: Regional Food Culture and the Urban Experience in Shanghai

Cover Interview of April 01, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Food as an objection to modernity.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I propose that nostalgia not be framed in negative terms, as is most commonly done, for example, as a pathology, or a form of delusion or obfuscation.  Instead, the book asks that nostalgia be considered a category for critical reflection upon a changing world.”

On the second:

“One of the dangers of studying ‘food’ is that food as such becomes the subject matter, while social relationships become incidental.”