Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, southern India. She reports on human interest, health, development, gender issues and has been published in the New York Times, BBC, The

Atlantic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, NPR’s Goats & Soda and more.

Language spoken
English
An artistic movement emerges around dumplings
The world, it seems, has gone mad for dumplings, with fans of the plump pillows of perfection getting all steamed up about them. But it’s not just on the dining table that these doughy parcels of deliciousness inspire rapturous delight. Dumplings have moved from the back burner to the front and center of the show from China to Hong Kong, America, and India, where artists create dumpling-themed designs for products gaining popularity worldwide. “I think dumplings have become a shorthand for various Asian cuisines in the West,” says Stephanie Shih, 34, a New York-based Taiwanese-American artist. In Hong Kong, dumplings are Elizabeth Fry’s ultimate comfort food. The designer, entrepreneur and