Born and raised in the UK in a family from India with experience of famine and food insecurity, Mukta became fascinated with Asian culinary cultures from a young age. After qualifying with a Masters in Asian and African History, and Chinese language, Mukta spent time in Asia, travelling, living, studying and working in places such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Singapore. After working in NGOs such as Amnesty International, Mukta returned to her first passion, the study of Asian food culture, focusing on the history and ethnography of the food of China. Having completed a Doctorate on Chinese food and identity, Mukta is now a Research Associate at the SOAS Food Studies Centre where she researches, writes and speaks on food and identity issues and hosts an upcoming podcast series. She has written a chapter in a forthcoming book published by Routledge, and articles on professional food blogs and in journals such as Gastronomica - The Journal of Critical Food Studies.
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