Cover Photo: A screenshot from Liziqi's YouTube video. On the table are purple potatoes, soy milk, steamed rice cakes, fruits, and flowers. An elderly Chinese woman sit as the  table  holding a spoon filled  with some soy milk.
Still from “soy milk, steamed rice cake,” courtesy of 李子柒 Li Ziqi/Youtube

What Soybeans Can Be

Soybeans were linked to life itself.

Glycine max

Ancient Chinese verses

Ukemochi no Kami

entered global trade in 1908Yamei Kin93% of these soybeans

soybean research laboratory

recent essay on tofu pudding

Ines Prodöhl writes that

a dangerous “propaganda food”some claimed“soy boy”

“How America Killed Soymilk”

videos of Li Ziqi

Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author and environmental historian, and winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Author Award. She received a doctorate in environmental history and aesthetics in 2016, and her first book, Turning: A Year in the Water, was published in 2017. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review. Her second book, Two Trees Make a Forest, was published in the UK in 2019 and was published by Catapult in  the US in 2020.