The Introduction of American Food Plants into China

TitleThe Introduction of American Food Plants into China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1955
AuthorsHo, P-ti
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Volume57
Pagination191-201
ISBN Number0002-7294
Keywordsarticle, China, Cultural Transmission, East and West, Food, North America, Plants (Botanical)
Abstract

The introduction of the peanut, the sweet potato and maize into China is discussed. to early Chinese records place the introduction of these plants at an earlier date than is commonly held by experts on American plant migration. Discussed are the problem of both land and sea routes and reasons both facilitating and retarding the diffusion of these plants. The aggregate Chinese evidence on the peanut, the sweet potato and maize definitely upholds the orthodox view of the post-Columbian introduction of American plants into East Asia. H. Takacs.