Tuesday, September 21, 2021
EATING IN CHIANG MAI: An Exploration of Culture, Class, and Culinary Strategies
a talk by anthropologist Mike Calavan
The presentation will examine how a cross-section of Chiangmai residents feed themselves. Observations will range widely over: Shopping practices [fresh markets, street stalls, restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores]; Items purchased [prepared dishes, cooking ingredients, snacks]; Personal preferences [snacks versus full meals, northern Thai versus alternatives, dietary and health concerns]; Actual eating practices [in public, in front of TV, use of furniture and appliances]; and Other food strategies: [herb and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, gathered items, etc.]
There will be five case studies: a masseuse/domestic worker who is single and lives alone; another masseuse/domestic worker who is married and lives with her husband and two daughters; two retired couples; and a farang/Thai couple. As always, there will be time for discussion with the presenter.
Mike Calavan was trained as an anthropologist before embarking on a series of professional careers. High points of his anthropological work included dissertation research in a Saraphi District village in 1969-70 and follow-on visits in 1975-76, 1992, and 2015 to the present. He worked as an anthropologist/bureaucrat in USAID from 1978 to 2002 in Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Indonesia. After retiring from the US government in 2002, he worked as an international development consultant up to 2015.
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