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A Bite of China, a taste of mind
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There is a well-known saying in China: Bread is the staff of life. Every day people are meant to have three meals. This is not so much a form passed down for hundreds of years whereas it is a habit flowing in everyone’s blood. China is a nation which focuses on agriculture from ancient time to modern society. In order to create a kind of delicacy, food needs to go through many complicated procedures. From hard collection to attentive process until displaying it on the table, each of them is worthy of being researched. In a sense, the Chinese dishes are not only the food filling the belly, but also an art earning world’s highly thinking. The reason why Chinese people can create precious and splendid food is not only due to high quality of material, but also owing to that they make food by heart.

To reveal this Chinese attitude to more individuals, delicacy documentary A Bite of China directed by Chen Xiaoqing broadcasted on CCTV in May, 2012, and it aroused a warm response in the whole country even overseas. This terrific documentary was spent totally ten months to complete, regarding food as a window to let audience enjoy the beauty of Chinese cuisine, and thus changes the perception of traditional Chinese culture and society. This documentary has seven chapters in every season, and it shows us the amazing procedures in the kitchen and direct access to one’s heart eventually. Audience could get into the picture easily, while more impressive thing is the story behind dishes. A Bite of China II continually displayed on screen in April, 2014. Director Chen paid more attention on describing story in this season, for the sake of letting more public know more diets come from different nationalities and regions, and sharing more affecting stories behind delicious dishes.

There ares some special episodes left a deep impression in audience’s mind.

Beijing is a bustling modern city. It has a forest of skyscrapers even around the ancient Forbidden City, too. Gui Chun, who is an ordinary figure lives in Beijing while has an amazing dream. He wants to build a vegetable garden and he moves this dream to his house’s roof finally. In spring, Gui Chun sows seeds in his vegetable garden though the climate is still not warm enough. When summer is coming, his roof is decorated with beautiful green. When people flock to the city farms to take vegetables from afar, Gui Chun is more than a comfortable farmer to enjoy local materials from his roof. The amazing roof-garden design by Gui Chun helps him to reward various vegetables which are planted by himself. This roof less than 100 square meters, but the leaves are purifying the air of this modern city. If you have a “green” dream, go ahead!

There is another story. In northern China, individuals prefer to eat noodles, but in the south of Changjiang River, people are more likely to have rice. Miao, a twenty-year-old girl comes from south of Suzhou. She moved to Suzhou with her parents three years ago in order to learn the technique of making metric pastry so that she could earn enough money to afford her brothers’ tuition fee. Miao practices hardly over an over again to learn skills from her strict teacher. Fortunately, her cooking obtains teacher’s acceptance eventually and it was the first time her cooking could be sent to the table, which motivated this hardworking girl. After finishing work at the end of the day, as long as there are some ingredients remained, Miao will stay and continue to practice. She is on the way of chasing dream, and she will never give up.

Zhang Shixin, an old man from the second episode Heart’s Message in season 2,  regardless of the pain he would suffer from bone cancer, made dried noodles himself for our viewers. Unfortunately, he died on May 2th, 2014, nevertheless realized his dream of boosting his poor hometown’s economy by delicious food. He deserves our respect for sacrificing himself heart and soul. Life is cruel but we can do utmost to be a better man if you are ready to fight against.

It is suggested that a good story could strike a chord . A musician says she centers on story more than delicacy when she is watching A Bite of China. She said. “The essential advantage of this documentary is that director could confine the complicated theme of food to limited chapters.” In the meantime, the magical connection between food and mankind reminds lots of people of their childhood and hometown. “When I see people on TV were communicating in native dialect , it makes me can’t help missing my hometown so much.” She added.

There is no doubt that A Bite of China achieved a historic breakthrough on overseas sales markets. Within half month after showing on CCTV-1, the Internet click rates of this series came to nearly twenty million times. On 2013 Spring Cannes Film Festival, A Bite of China obtained praise come from global media and some organizations. After that, CCTV 9 invited several experts who major in directing to hold study conferences in order to increase this outstanding documentary’s popularity. In specialists’ opinion, this large gourmet documentary opened a window for audience successfully to let the public learn more about Chinese cuisine, and also left us a wish about Chinese documentary making. Director Chen mentioned, “Food is just a start point, what we really want to convey are Chinese values and thoughts.”

As a mater of fact, the more ordinary and common things are, the more impressing they can be to strike people’s soul, like the food. Even though it is the gift of nature, it supports the family’s prosperity, arouses the homesick feelings and bears the weight of a nation’s culture. For example, in Chinese kitchen, a single flavor can’t make the food tasty while the balance of five flavors-sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, pungency and salty is the best existence. It is the perfect condition the ideal state in behavior and governing a nation that Chinese chase after.

For someone, it is a delicacy documentary. For another, it is a taste of mind.

(Editor:Chen Ping ;Source:English Net)

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