Parallel alternatives: Chinese-Canadian farmers and the Metro Vancouver local food movement

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Date created: 
2011-06-27
Identifier: 
etd6663
Keywords: 
Local food movement
Alternative food network
Food justice
Racialisation
Chinese-Canadian
Abstract: 

This thesis explores how food system localisation efforts in Metro Vancouver, Canada intersect with one of the tensions in the global agri-food system: racial inequalities. Drawing on archival research, participant observation of local food marketing and policy-making, and interviews with local food movement participants, policy-makers, and Chinese-Canadian farmers, I argue that the history of anti-Chinese racism in Canada is linked to the emergence of a food system comprised of parallel networks. An older network consists of roadside stores and greengrocers supplied by Chinese-Canadian farmers. A newer, rapidly expanding network includes farmers’ markets and other institutions publicly supported by the local food movement. Both networks are ‘local’ in that they link producers, consumers, and place; however, these networks have few points of intentional connection and collaboration. I conclude by considering the implications of the underrepresentation of Chinese-Canadian farmers in some of the local food movement’s most publicly visible manifestations.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Hannah Wittman
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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