Friday, March 02, 2007


Selected KFC commercials on Tudou:

For the complete set, search for 肯德基 on Tudou. This post is inspired by a commercial I just saw where KFC brags about changing the eating habits of Chinese people towards a healthier diet (but couldn't find it online).


At Mar 7, 2007, 7:35:00 PM, Blogger Rene said:

You may be interested in the research of James Watson at Harvard who has argued that McDonald's entry into China at least has done a lot to encourage the improvement of sanitation standards in Chinese restaurants.

At Mar 8, 2007, 8:19:00 AM, Blogger Micah Sittig said:

Amazing! I actually heard prof Watson speak at the University of Michigan a while back, on the New Territories and land management as it is related to clan/family structure. It was obvious that he was a very intelligent and experienced researcher. I had no idea he studied McDonalds, however. Here's his bio:

[quote] Prof. Watson is an ethnographer who has spent over 30 years working in south China, primarily in villages (Guangdong, Jiangxi, and the Hong Kong region). He learned to speak country Cantonese in the Hong Kong New Territories during the late 1960s and has subsequently worked in many parts of the People’s Republic (using Mandarin). His research has focused on Chinese emigrants to London, ancestor worship and popular religion, family life and village organization, food systems, and the emergence of a post-socialist culture in the PRC. In recent years Prof. Watson has worked with graduate students in Harvard’s Department of Anthropology to investigate the impact of transnational food industries and genetically modified food in East Asia, Europe, and Russia. [/quote]

Seems like studying McDonalds is a think of the 1980's, however. He should update his research focus :)

At Mar 8, 2007, 9:35:00 PM, Blogger Rene said:

Hmm... at least as recently as 1998, he edited Golden Arches East, although I'm not sure how old his contributions to it were. It seems as though he also released a second edition in 2006, so he's at least still interested in the topic.

Thanks for the comment on my site btw. It's nice to be getting some traffic on my week-old blog.

At Mar 9, 2007, 11:08:00 AM, Blogger Michael Turton said:

Great collection of stuff!



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