Feeding China's Little Emperors in the Age of Globalization
From Jeff Layne
Professor, Sociology Department,
Dr. Chunyan Song, faculty member in the CSU, Chico Sociology Department, shares findings from her ongoing study of child feeding practices. Her research is focused on a comparison of child feeding practices among the United States, Japan, and China. In this presentation, Dr. Song talks about world-wide changes in nutrition, including the spread of American fast food chains, and the context in which food choices are made in China. “Little Emperors” refers to the fact that, for most Chinese couples, there is a government mandate that they may have only one child. This causes almost all the family’s attention to focus on this only child. Dr. Song presents preliminary data from studying 500 children in the cities of Beijing and Linyi.
Recorded: October 24, 2011