Markets and Supermarkets

  • Cecilia Leong-SalobirEmail author


The Chinese were the single most important community that were the growers of vegetables on small farms or market gardens that supplied households and wholesale markets in the three cities. Vegetable gardening has a long tradition in China for thousands of years, and the Chinese in Sydney and Singapore brought their agricultural practices with them. Over the decades, urbanization and global city developments have increasingly encroached on market gardens and small farms at the fringes of urban centres. Supermarkets have gradually replaced the traditional fresh food shops. This chapter traces the historical development of market gardens and fresh food markets, and how globalization and other forces have precipitated in the advent of the supermarket.


Market gardens Supermarkets Urbanization Globalization Vegetables 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History DisciplineUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  2. 2.History DisciplineUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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