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Globe & Mail’s Food 53


This summer, the Globe names, and celebrates, the most influential people in Canadian food – Claudia Li: Her NGOs promote food justice in the context of Chinese culture and cuisine.

Li, 29, says she is inspired by the enthusiasm for cultural change she sees in other people her age. She has paid attention to the work of indigenous youth groups, for example, and how creative they’ve been while doing it trying to preserve language, honour elders and pass on traditions. Latest updates from the names in this group Food, in Li’s experience, is the best vehicle for effecting change in her own community.

She notes that many Chinese, in a custom rooted in harder ancestral times, often greet visitors at home not with “how are you?” but rather “have you eaten yet?