Conspicuously absent from the media’s coverage, of course, are the kind of illegal and moral food industry practices found ubiquitously throughout the Western world, not to mention the eco-destruction caused by the beef industry and commercial fishing, and the frequent outbreaks of disease caused by steps along the food processing line. --> Locating a contagious virus – one that does not discriminate against race, religion, culture or creed – within Chinese food culture is no different than locating ‘Islamic’ terrorism in the religious practices of Muslims, rather than where it really lies: within broader, geopolitical forces that produce injustices and a real or perceived sense of victimhood in certain Muslim communities. --> In the minds of many, Islam and China remain mysterious and outside of mainstream literacy, making each an easy target for exaggerated perceptions of threat, particularly when it comes to terrorism and infectious disease.

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