Alumni Book: Valerie Imbruce

Valerie Imbruce
From Farm to Canal Street
(Cornell University Press, 2015)

On the sidewalks of Manhattan’s Chinatown, you can find street vendors and greengrocers selling bright red litchis in the summer and mustard greens and bok choy no matter the season. The neighborhood supplies more than two hundred distinct varieties of fruits and vegetables that find their way onto the tables of immigrants and other New Yorkers from many walks of life. Chinatown may seem to be a unique ethnic enclave, but it is by no means isolated. It has been shaped by free trade and by American immigration policies that characterize global economic integration. In From Farm to Canal Street, Valerie Imbruce tells the story of how Chinatown’s food network operates amid—and against the grain of—the global trend to consolidate food production and distribution. Manhattan’s Chinatown demonstrates how a local market can influence agricultural practices, food distribution and consumer decisions on a very broad scale.

Valerie Imbruce ’06 earned her Ph.D. in Biology from the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: DEC 9, 2015

Category: Alumni News | Biology