I’m interested in seeing how food shapes out life. I want to explore how food and cooking are influenced by globalisation, and how they impact the development of globalisation at the same time. Mostly, I want to bring some meaning to my life and share my life with you.
I’m a Chinese living on my own, a Shengnv or ‘leftover woman’, under the Chinese standard. However, I’m somehow proud of my life.
I haven’t traveled the entire world, but I have seen a lot. I’ve met some of the most interesting people in the world, interviewed and filmed some of the most important figures, reported some of the biggest news stories, won some of the world’s most prestigious news awards. I’ve seen the human suffering in refugee camps or rubbish dumps; I’ve seen new-born baby came to this world. I’ve eaten in some of the best restaurants in the world, I’ve also eaten in some of the most gruesome places. I’ve slept in places I would never want to recall, I’ve also stayed in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
I’m from a small and insignificant river town at China’s Yangtze Delta, and in exile for more than a decade in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and London.
I kinda feel, and I hope you might find some agreement in this, that I’m now in a stage of my life that I do have something to say and to share with people around my age and younger who are, like I am, fighting along the way of life to stand firm in this scary and brutal world.
It is really tough for women like us, who’s basically, alone, to survive and to live a happy life. I hope my writing can make some sense to you about this world, and to remind my fellow girls, to never stop pursuing, never stop laughing, and never stop appreciating food and cooking!