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- Silvia Lee ANT 381 A Project Proposal Recipe Book for Newcomers School Purpose Sustaining a truly multiracial society is unique to the United

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Silvia Lee ANT 381 A Project Proposal Recipe Book for Newcomers School Purpose: Sustaining a truly multiracial society is unique to the United States. “As demographics continue to shift in the direction of increased diversity, education must accommodate that shift.” (Miller & Tanners, 1995) Newcomers School is an initiative to ease immigrant children and their families’ adjustment in this country (Campano, 2007). For three Fridays, our Applied Anthropology class has worked with two classes at the Newcomers School to work on the Family, Food, and Culture project with Mrs. Kempster. We examined the interconnectedness of foods around the world, as well as cultural uniqueness that the foods show. The study of ‘Bean Curd Consumption in Hong Kong’ shows how one food shows many aspects of a culture. In the study, one informant mentioned that her mother served soybean drink with a piece of ginger (considered “hot” in the Chinese hot/cold food classification) in it to reduce the “coolness.” This shows a unique medical system that informants follow, comparable to one that is followed in the US, such as calculating calories and analyzing the nutrients. Other informants believed that bean curd increases longevity, or keeps a person fit and thin. Such beliefs reflect on these people’s cultural values. The commonality of the food suggests the distinction between varying appropriateness for different occasions. Bean curd, otherwise known as tofu, is most commonly consumed at home and at restaurants with close family and friends. “Bean curd is generally not ordered at banquets or for special guests unless it is expressly requested, since it is considered a prosaic and inexpensive choice.” (Mintz & Tan, 2001) Consumption of a certain food may also indicate a continuation or shift in lifestyle. Changes in the West such as increasing movement in obesity, vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal rights, and ethnic cuisines move more people toward vegetable-protein consumption such as the bean curd. On the other hand, the bean curd is regularly consumed because people have been eating them for millennia. Different aspects of consumption illustrate values and beliefs of a culture. Likewise, the process of cooking can have symbolic meaning, as exemplified in the study of cooking as a sacred act among Middle-Eastern Jewish Women. The women see Jewish identity, tradition, law and holidays in terms of feeding others. “Proper cooking
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course ANT 381 taught by Professor Kimjones during the Spring '08 term at Elon.

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- Silvia Lee ANT 381 A Project Proposal Recipe Book for Newcomers School Purpose Sustaining a truly multiracial society is unique to the United

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