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Zhang Mei always cherished the ham from her native province of Yunnan. Growing up poor on a dam site on one of the provincial rivers, Mei relished the small bits of ham her father would toss in a dish of spicy green peppers and leeks. Over time she learned that true magic of Yunnan ham lies not just in its salty-sweet taste, produced by an intricate curing process, but also in its ability to bring people together to carry on a time-honoured way of life. Now a successful entrepreneur, Mei returns to her childhood home, finds a leg of ham and travels with it through Yunnan’s cultural and culinary cradle of Dali. Her edible companion becomes a calling card that takes her into the history and traditions of the region and unveils the unique stories and recipes of those who call it home.

In this book talk, Mei will discuss what inspired her to document this whimsical journey, and share with us a difference perspective on China, the country that she knows as home.

Mei Zhang

Zhang Mei is the founder of WildChina. She grew up in the mountains of Dali, Yunnan, and later moved to the United States to complete her graduate studies at Harvard Business School in 1996. After a stint in management consulting at McKinsey & Company, she established WildChina in 2000, which was named the world’s best adventure travel operators China by National Geographic Adventure. Mei has been a Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Top Travel Specialist sever years running. She currently lives in Berkeley CA with her husband and three children.


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When and Where

 March 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM


 March 21, 2017 at 1:45 PM

 7/F, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) Shanghai 200002 China 中国上海市广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼 邮编 200002