A vegetarian burger with grilled champignon, tomato and cucumber. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Vegetarianism in China is nothing new: meat-free diets have ancient origins

  • Contrary to popular belief, plant-based diets existed in the Middle Kingdom long before Buddhism came to the country
  • Mock meats were made from ingredients such as beans, gluten, root vegetables and mushrooms

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A vegetarian burger with grilled champignon, tomato and cucumber. Photo: Alamy
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‘Brunch’ used to indicate a meal between breakfast and lunch, but now it can even be eaten in the evening, apparently. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Brunch in the evening? In Chinese and English, words have changed meaning over time

  • Social media and an online generation have sped up the process by which definitions evolve and neologisms emerge
  • Examples show how it has long been the case, with words expanding beyond their original significance

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‘Brunch’ used to indicate a meal between breakfast and lunch, but now it can even be eaten in the evening, apparently. Photo: Alamy
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