With the process of modernisation and urbanisation, the demand for clean and tidy streets has led to the gradual disappearance of street food, which is often banned, with vendors facing strict regulations, fines and confiscation of their goods, and in some cases even violent enforcement by city inspectors. As a result vendors began to hide around the corners of the city and began to confront the city inspectors.

The disappearance of street food is sad because it is an important part of urban culture, and street markets are a vivid local expression of urban identity. The process of the disappearance of street stalls is like a revolt of popular culture against authority.

Therefore, in this project, I aim to explore how the experiences of Chinese late-night vendors reflect the power dynamics of their negotiations with different forms of authority, including law enforcement, government officials, and corporate interests, and to explore the cultural and social significance of street food in Chinese urban communities.


Moveable Feasts