This lecture covers the East Asian agricultural/horticultural worlds. I start with Hemudu, one of the first places where rice was grown agriculturally. The expansion of rice to the islands would come, however, remarkably late. First there was the Polynesian expansion, which did not involve rice, but a host of plants that were connected to solving the problems of food, clothing, building materials and the like. This ‘civilizational package’ was highly mobile and brought by boats all the way to Hawai’i. This expansion was followed by a rice-centric package that was more singular in focus. The two examples are in Japan and the Philippines.
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