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Sunday, December 7, 2014

RICE AND CULTURE IN ASIA

Rice, the staple food in Asia is thus ubiquitous especially the wet paddy. To a smaller scale hill or dry paddy is grown where water for irrigation is not available. 

Manifestations of human culture, material or other forms have co-evolved around paddy as the crop, rice as food along with the environment - landscapes,  water sources, weather, animals, (other) plants, knowledge, technology. Without the cultural aspects coming into play paddy cultivation would be purely a back-breaking way to eat and live.

Vietnam and Thailand are the two main exporters of rice in Asia. 


Bandung

Bali

Bario Highlands, Sarawak, Malaysia

Tg. Karang, Malaysia - mechanised harvesting

Traditional rice varieties, Sarawak.

Rice cultivation, North Luzon, Philippines

Bangladesh, monsoon season.

India

India (yesteryear)

Honshu Island, Japan (yesteryear)

Kuniharu Kiyomiya and Dr. Elkinton talk to Japanese farmers (extending US technology a decade after WWR).


China

China (yesteryear)

North Vietnam (yesteryear)

Rice stockpile.Thailand, the largest exporter of rice.

Elsewhere:
Baltistan





Gambia, Africa (yesteryear)

Surinam, Africa (yesteryear)

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