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Beef taboo in Chinese society

Cheng‐chung Lai (Department of Economics, National Tsing Hua University, Sinchu, Taiwan)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 April 2000


Beef taboo was generally obeyed among Chinese but it is no longer significant in today’s Taiwan where large amounts of beef are imported from Australia and United States. So is the beef taboo in Chinese society culturally binding? Argues that the rise of this taboo was mainly a result of food constraint, and its fall is a result of food abundance. A notion of “rice/beef competition for land” is advanced to explain this mechanism.



Lai, C. (2000), "Beef taboo in Chinese society", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 286-290.




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