Three examples of my citations and quotations

Since the google scholar provides me a lot of information about the other fields which may not fit my topic, I just pick up three items here as the examples to show my citations and quotation.
The list of citations and quotations
1. Cooking
Impact of Cooking and Home Food Preparation Interventions Among Adults: Outcomes and Implications for Future Programs,
Marla Reicks, PhD, Amanda C. Trofholz, MPH, RD, Jamie S. Stang, PhD, MPH, RD, Melissa N. Laska, PhD, RD
“The importance of away-from-home meals and convenience foods in the American diet may relate to a lack of time to plan and prepare meals at home. A recent review also implicates a lack of cooking skills and food preparation knowledge as barriers to preparing home-cooked meals. The percentage of total household food dollars spent on food eaten away from home is now higher compared with 30 years ago (33% in 1970 to 47% in 2010).”
“Consumption of fast food and food from away-from-home locations is associated with lower diet quality and obesity among adults.”
2. Relationship
Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij and Paulette Van Oost (1998) Family Members’ Influence on Decision Making About Food: Differences in Perception and Relationship with Healthy Eating. American Journal of Health Promotion: November/December 1998, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 73-81.
3. Technology& Technique

Feedback to others’ project after the group discussion

To be honest, when I know that we were going to have a discussion, I was not sure what I could talk about since I though my idea was raw and with problems. The truth is that I do enjoy the group talking. We presented our idea to the others and got their advice. After the others’ presentation, we could give suggestions as well. I was impressed by their ideas which were very interesting and I did not have much knowledge at that topic. And getting their feedback on my topic was helpful and valuable.

Here I would love to summarize the general content of my suggestions to the other girls.

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Michael Pollan: A plant’s-eye view

Michael Pollan taught us to look at the world with the other creatures’ view. Then everything is different. Maybe we human beings are just plants’ and animals’ servants. When we plant trees and go for the blossom, we are helping them to bear fruits. Maybe we are ‘controlled’ by the tree and it send out a type of flavor to fascinate us. How could we know that we are superior to them? Of course, there is a more scientific explain. However, we can find some different thoughts and perspectives towards the same thing which may be helpful to build a better world.

Another inspiration of this speech is that we should learn to use several views to consider one thing. You may have interesting findings.

On my way to find the specific subject which I am going to study

I posted one blog to talk about my confusion and get some feedback. Based on Jhave’s suggestions, I tried to redefine “nature” and “technology” in terms of “cooking”. Although I almost find nothing that helps me to define the conceptions again, I learned some interesting.

First, I searched the word “nature”. The definition of Wikipedia said that it is the natural, physical, or material world or universe in the broadest sense. And it derives from the Latin word “natura” which means essential qualities and innate disposition.

Second, I focused on the comparison between the Chinese and western cooking and food. When there is no sufficient food, having dinners is only for living wherever. However, when starving people become less and less, different areas begin to have their own habits. For the western people, they show more science and reason so they care more about nutrition. And to Chinese, they have more aesthetic requirements and sensibilities so they emphasis taste. Obviously, the reasons why they are different range from culture, philosophy, economy and so on.

Third, I learned that some universities have the major called Cooking Science. This course will introduce students to some of the science behind food preparation, cooking methods, and generally, the enjoyment of food. The ultimate goal is to inspire students to apply scientific principles in your everyday cooking, including the principles of manipulating the human perception of food.

Since I have to narrow down the scale of the topic, I do not show many details about the above findings. Instead, I only make a general record of them here. Before we reach the ultimate goal, there is always a long process. What I need to do is just keeping trying.

Confusion of my topic

At first, I thought I was not that fascinated with high technology and I want people to be closer to the great nature. Then I read some chapters of the books which are relevant to technology, such as From Garden to Earth, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (or Reproducibility) and so on. The problem is that I chose a too general and huge topic and I know I can almost do nothing about it. Then I try to narrow it down. Since I care about culture and art and there are different types of art works and cultural works. I pay more attention to movies and I began to read book about movies, such as Cinema: East and West, 一个人的电影 and some Chinese film magazines. Then I want to find something which is about technology and movies at the same time. I am still on my way to find the specific research point otherwise the topic would be too huge for me.
Now, I am considering if I can conduct the following research project for this course. Ren Huan tries to compare horrible movies and her idea inspires me. I remind a documentary film called A Bite of China once to be a really popular one. It is about Chinese traditional food. A Bite of China affected our life a lot, such as the food industry, the tourism and the spread of Chinese culture. BBC made a similar one called Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure. Both of them were broadcast in 2012. I think there are two options for me. The first one is to compare these two documentary films and find some interesting things. The second one is to focus on the Chinese one and study its effect.
I would love to get all of your opinions and suggestions. Thanks a lot!

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.

I watched this speech several days ago. I really admire those researchers’ insistence and contributions. This one is relevant to social network as well. So I would like to recommend it to you. Hope everybody has a happy Spring Festival!

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

How to use technology properly? Make use of it to make the world better.

  1.  The author of the book —Secret Garden:An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book Johanna Basford  holds  the opinion that works made by computers are cold and have no soul. So she insists on completing her works by hand. From my perspective, this’s an interactive work and it’s the combination of traditional methods and modern technology. First, the author just finished one part of the coloring book and then readers did another part which refers to coloring pictures in the book. Second,although she finished the book without computers,it’s the technology that helps to print books and transfers them to the readers.
  2. When it comes to the soul of the works, I remember there’s a philosopher called Walter Benjamin who represents Frankfurt School. The most famous article of his is The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. And he claimed that all art works had aura. Aura requires authenticity. However, the mechanism makes art works lose authenticity and their aura.
  3. The beginning part of Technology and the Lifeworld is From Garden to Earth. It compares life in a non-technological imagined “garden” with our experience in the technologically mediated world. “Garden” is used as a reference point for us humans to make sure of the extent how much technology should be used.