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The Australian National University
Zhang Jinghong

Dr Zhang Jinghong

Postdoctoral Fellow

DPhil (Anthropology), Australian National University
Master of Arts (Folklore studies), Yunnan University
Bachelor of Arts (Media studies), Yunnan University

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Biography

Zhang Jinghong is a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. As an anthropologist, her current research focuses on Chinese culinary culture (in particular tea) and the interaction of lifestyle choices between China, Taiwan and the world. Her doctoral research explored how Puer tea, originating in Yunnan in southwest China, was manipulated into becoming a popular beverage in twenty-first century China. This work has been turned into a book and published by University of Washington Press, entitled Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic (2013, Seattle). Prior to her postdoctoral fellowship at ANU, Jinghong was a lecturer at Yunnan University in China. Her earlier career as a television journalist and training in visual anthropology has given her experiences in video making. Jinghong makes extensive use of ethnographic films in her current research, which work with her written work to create mixed media presentation.

Other Languages

  • Chinese

Research Interests

  • Chinese culinary culture and everyday life
  • Food production, trade and consumption
  • Urbanisation
  • Visual culture, anthropology of senses and media
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Current Projects

  • The verbal and visual representations of tea tasting in China and Taiwan
  • The culture of wine consumption in China
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Selected Publications

Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013

‘The interaction between visual and written ethnography in subtitling’, Visual Anthropology, vol.25, no.5 (2012): 439-449

‘In between “the raw” and “the cooked”: the cultural speculation and debate on Puer tea in contemporary China’, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Spring/Summer, vol. XIV, no.1 & 2 (2012): 44-52

‘Remorse about the “Authentic Mountain Tea”: packaging Puer tea in Yiwu’, Journal of Chinese Dietary Culture, vol.6, no.2 (2010): 103-144

‘Multiple visions of authenticity: Puer tea consumption in Yunnan and other places’, Journal of Chinese Dietary Culture, vol.6, no.1 (2010): 63-106
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