"Food brings all of us together. Food is also history, culture, anthropology...From studying food, from enjoying food, we can talk about tradition, heritage...Food is a reflection of culture, history, religion and many other things."
- Chef Martin Yan, CMC, Celebrity Chef, and Culinary Advisor to the Confucius Institute at UC Davis
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Ni hao! Welcome to the Confucius Institute at UC Davis (戴维斯加州大学孔子学院), the world’s first Confucius Institute devoted to Chinese food and beverage culture. The Confucius Institute at UC Davis was officially established on September 21, 2012. The Grand Opening Celebration was on September 16, 2013, and soon thereafter the Institute at UC Davis will present public lectures and workshops open to the public.
The Institute draws upon the strengths of both UC Davis and Jiangnan University, particularly in food science and technology, and beverage science.
At Jiangnan University, the National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology, approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology, is the only one of its kind in China.
At UC Davis, the departments of Food Science and Technology, and Viticulture and Enology, housed under the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, are recognized as the best in the world in their respective areas of scholarship. The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is a valuable partner in culture and language instruction.
The mission of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis is to draw upon the food and beverage science and technology strengths of both partner institutions to promote the understanding of Chinese food and beverage culture through facilitating instruction, both in the classroom and beyond. The Institute will also be a valuable platform for communication between the food and wine industries of California and China.
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Check out our upcoming article in Sactown Magazine, "Yan Can Teach." http://www.sactownmag.com/December-January-2014/Inside-Issue-43/