Detail from “He Sent Him into His Fields to Feed Swine”, an illustration from an 1899 magazine. There are 30 different Chinese characters for pigs, observes author Endymion Wilkinson. Photo:  Getty Images
Detail from “He Sent Him into His Fields to Feed Swine”, an illustration from an 1899 magazine. There are 30 different Chinese characters for pigs, observes author Endymion Wilkinson. Photo: Getty Images

The man who can answer any question on China you might have, and why ‘Have you looked in Wilkinson?’ will remain the common response to a Chinese historical query

  • When did Chinese food become recognisable as such? What would a 12th century Chinese philosopher have had for breakfast?
  • Such an approach to Chinese history and culture – focusing on small matters to answer big questions – have made Endymion Wilkinson a go-to source for decades

Detail from “He Sent Him into His Fields to Feed Swine”, an illustration from an 1899 magazine. There are 30 different Chinese characters for pigs, observes author Endymion Wilkinson. Photo:  Getty Images
Detail from “He Sent Him into His Fields to Feed Swine”, an illustration from an 1899 magazine. There are 30 different Chinese characters for pigs, observes author Endymion Wilkinson. Photo: Getty Images
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