A Bite of China (舌尖上的中国). Dir. Chen Xiaoqing (陈晓卿). Narrated by Li Lihong (李立宏). 2012 – 2014.
A Bite of China is a two-season documentary TV series of food-related culture in China. Broadcasted by CCTV, it immediately sprung to popularity and critical acclaim, garnering 100 million viewers. The series has been praised as a voice for minority groups in China and for its realistic depictions of intimate family life and drama, economic struggle, cultural erasure, and the intergenerational differences caused by spawning urbanization. Representing a range of individuals—from black pottery workers and small mountainous villagers who have preserved the art of traditional noodlemaking to pastry chef masters and Shanghai newlyweds celebrating Lunar New Year away from their families for the first time—A Bite of China tells the rich, eclectic history of a nation marked by its nuanced diversity through the delectable medium of food.