Genetic study finds hidden tales of Chinese migration

Culinary stories uncovered in largest-scale DNA study of people in China, including ethnic minorities, to date

Women of the Miao ethnic minority making floral decorations to celebrate the traditional Chixin festival in Danzhai county, Guizhou province.
Women of the Miao ethnic minority making floral decorations to celebrate the traditional Chixin festival in Danzhai county, Guizhou province.PHOTO: AFP

Lamb stew, cooked until meat falls off the bone and served alongside thick, chewy noodles - this is the type of food that cuts through northern China's winter chill.

Farther south, warmer climates support more crops. Fresh, stir-fried greens might go with dim sum in Guangdong or punctuate a spicy meal in Sichuan. Lychee, durian and other fruits ripen the air.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline 'Genetic study finds hidden tales of Chinese migration'. Subscribe