On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and by Jen Lin-Liu

By Jen Lin-Liu

A nutrients author travels the Silk highway, immersing herself in a portable ceremonial dinner of meals and cultures and studying a few superb truths approximately dedication, independence, and love.

Feasting her manner via an Italian honeymoon, Jen Lin-Liu used to be struck via culinary echoes of the food she ate and cooked again in China, the place she’d lived for greater than a decade. Who quite invented the noodle? she puzzled, like many sooner than her. but additionally: How had nutrition and tradition moved alongside the Silk highway, the traditional exchange direction linking Asia to Europe—and what may perhaps nonetheless be felt of these long-ago migrations? along with her new husband’s blessing, she got down to detect the connections, either ancient and private, consuming a course via western China and on into valuable Asia, Iran, Turkey, and around the Mediterranean.

The trip takes Lin-Liu into the non-public kitchens the place the headscarves come off and girls not just knead and simmer but additionally confess and confide. the skinny rounds of dough full of meat which are dumplings in Beijing evolve into manti in Turkey—their tiny measurement the degree of a bride’s worth—and finish as tortellini in Italy. And as she stirs and samples, hearing the ladies speak about their lives and longings, Lin-Liu earnings a brand new appreciation of her personal marriage, studying to relish the wonder of affection freely chosen.

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Con todo, la idea de una raza aria se extendió y, debido a intereses imperialistas y nacionalistas, terminó denominándosela raza ario-blanca y viéndosela, primero, como emparentada con los pueblos germánicos y, después, atribuyéndosele una idea de superioridad. Asimismo, se contrapuso la raza aria con la semítica, considerándose la primera como creadora y la segunda como destructora. El popular libro Essai sur l’inégalité des races humaines (1853-1855) de Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882), diplomático francés en Irán, contribuyó enormemente a extender esta idea.

18 Puesto que lo único relevante que encontramos en estos episodios son las menciones al margen de las aventuras del protagonista, es posible concluir que el propósito de Valera se encuentra en lo dicho en ellas. 1608-1687), quien había envenenado a su hermano, había destronado a otro de sus hermanos y hacía la guerra a los portugueses. El personaje es real y los hechos también, si bien todo esto sucedió más de un siglo después de la época en que Valera sitúa la acción, en el momento en que ya los holandeses estaban intentando hacerse con las posesiones portuguesas en el Índico, con los que Rajasinga se alió.

El alma enamorada que le busca, le halla y le goza en esta vida mortal. Para nosotros el hombre es divino, porque nuestro Dios es humano. No pocas veces ha tomado nuestro Dios ser y forma de hombre en el seno de una mujer escogida […] Libertador y redentor de las almas, las atrae, las enamora y con su hermosura las cautiva. Bello pastor, apacienta su rebaño en la fértil orilla de un río de aguas limpias y claras. (1961: 730) Tras estas palabras, el brahmán viendo que ha convencido a Morsamor acerca de la esencia común entre el cristianismo y el hinduismo, le ruega que se una a ellos en una guerra santa contra el Islam, asegurándole que toda una multitud de pueblos cristianos: circasianos, armenios, georgianos, rusos…están ya levantándose en una gran cruzada contra el turco.

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