A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press
A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why affluent Chinese are mad for millet, and the ancient grain’s long history in China

Refined grains such as rice and wheat are being renounced for ‘healthier’ coarse grains, once consumed in less bountiful times

A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press
A farmer harvests millet from a hillside terrace in Houjiagou valley, in Shaanxi province. Picture: Associated Press
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.