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February 2021

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Seth Paternostro is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he received an B.A. in East Asian Studies, summa cum laude. His coursework focused on Chinese language, politics, and culture. Through research projects, Seth also explored multiple topics, including eunuchs after the fall of the Qing dynasty, propaganda posters in early reform-era China, and culinary history. His senior thesis, “Tasting Communism: Comrade Cookery and the Politics of Eating in Mao’s China, 1949—1965,” challenges previous conceptualizations of socialist cuisine and probes its intersections with national identity. Lingering questions about food culture