This photo essay explores the Muslim Quarter, or Huimin Jie, in the central Chinese city of Xi'an located in Shaanxi Province. It focuses on street life and the vendors who sell a variety of foodstuffs from open-air stalls and shop fronts. The ten black and white street portraits included in the piece convey the Muslim character of this neighborhood as well as its youthful vibrancy.
Markets and the Making of Muslim Space in Urban China: Street Portraits from Xi'an's Huimin Jie
Rick Halpern teaches in both the History and Food Studies programs at the University of Toronto, where he is the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies. Although he has been shooting markets, street food, and vendors around the world for over twenty years, this is his first publication as a photographer. As an historian he currently is completing a study of race and class in twentieth-century American photography.
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Rick Halpern; Markets and the Making of Muslim Space in Urban China: Street Portraits from Xi'an's Huimin Jie. Gastronomica 1 May 2019; 19 (2): 71–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2019.19.2.71
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