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Pieces of China: Derek Sandhaus on Baijiu

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China Institute
March 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm Free online event
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An Online Video Series with the China Institute

For thousands of years, Chinese emperors, literati scholars, and great men of letters have waxed poetic about the pleasures of getting drunk.  The distilled spirit known as “Baijiu,” 白酒,was developed by the Ming dynasty, but it was during the Communist era that this “working man’s drink” was elevated to the national sensation that we see in China today. Any businessperson will tell you that nary a deal can be sealed without a flurry of baijiu shots and bleary-eyed, drunken toasts. Derek Sandhaus, author of Drunk in China and founder of a Baijiu company, will share the secrets of the world’s most fiery liquor. As China becomes more international, how has its drinking culture changed? Will the West learn to drink baijiu and clink glasses with China?

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