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, environmental historian, and winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, and the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019), shortlisted for Canada Reads 2021. Jessica has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review. She is a researcher at the University of Cambridge.