Category Trade

From the Field: Persian New Year in Yiwu and Iranian Special Tea in Karachi

by Magnus Marsden One of my most memorable evenings while conducting fieldwork in Yiwu, China in 2016 fell on 20th March, the evening of Nowruz, Persian New Year. Having put my three-year-old son to bed and waited for my wife to return from her Chinese language classes it was often a part of my fieldwork […]

China’s East Wind Blows… To Barking, London

by Magnus Marsden Magnus Marsden and Diana Ibañez Tirado anticipate the arrival of the ‘East Wind’ freight train in London from the Chinese city of Yiwu. As much as bringing Chinese-made goods to the UK, they argue, the train should also serve as a reminder of the critical role played by migrants and mobile people […]