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Going Mobile on York St. (Part 2): Medical School Village

On York Street near the medical school, a whole world of food awaits an undergraduate willing to take a walk. I don’t speak of a fine dining establishment or a legendary diner; instead, a short trek would take a student into a village of food carts and trucks in all sizes and varieties. Njoki Gitahi, a graduate student in the graphic design program at Yale’s School of Art (you can see more of her work at, visited the colony and came back with beautiful images of a diverse community.


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Peking Into the Animal Soul

Ducking around discomfort with the animal form, by Devin Briski

Devin Briski guest blogs from China.

The average American pop culture consumer was introduced to China’s national specialty Peking duck in the Reagan-era movie A Christmas Story as the unfortunate and unsavory alternative to a classic American turkey. The scene: a stereotypical Asian restaurant staff singing “Deck the ralls with roughs of rorry ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra” followed by a cart with a roasted golden duck (referred to in the movie as “China’s turkey”) with the head still attached. Randy looks into the dead animal’s face and comments on its eyes with childlike intrigue and fear. Then, the owner takes a giant knife and dramatically chops off the head as the family matriarch screams in shame and disgust. Of course, in lieu of Sixteen Candles’s Long Duck Dong, the singing waiters didn’t make the cut as the go-to 80’s target of PC outrage. But the scene’s portrayal of the Chinese restaurant definitely says something about American culture: we like to forget where our meat came from.

The difference in the poultry section of a Chinese and an American grocery store is startling. In China, it’s not uncommon to see an entire pig hung by its legs, body intact, snout facing the ground. Fish swim in tanks to stay fresh. In America, we like our meat in ambiguous slabs and cringe at the sight of beady fish eyes on ice. In China, recognizable parts of animals are regularly consumed: chicken feet and pig blood. In America, people stick to the classic fatty meat parts, straying from organs, recognizable body parts, and any food that reminds us the animal we’re eating was once living. On the surface it seems like Americans feel more sympathy toward animal life: we cringe at the thought of a chickens necks being snapped, a casual and frequent event at China’s open air markets. But do we actually?

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