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The History About Each Vegetable Seed to Crop

Globalization. Food and the World. now that you are submitting your first brief essay and thinking (i hope ….) about the next essay, this is a good example of what we are looking for …. is this a credible website? to cite information i would like to see a second, peer reviewed source in your next paper. but this is a good beginning. it also gives you a very quick global overview — if you overlay these sources, with what happened in global history in the last 2,000 years, tie that in to the migration patterns of your own family, then you would have a good outline for things to research and analyze. finally, i note with interest (and a little bit sighing ….) that the three comments from readers concern grammar and whether tomatoes are a fruit or vegetable …. ah, humans, always endearing and befuddling and aggravating at the same time! …. Professor Liang

The History About Each Vegetable Seed to Crop

The History About Each Vegetable

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Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

all classes. super important, especially when read in tandem with the reports re: student debt shared previously. also important to remember this — yes i focus on higher ed because for now this is the business i am in, and this is the realm that you are a part of — but the patterns affecting the business of higher ed are connected with broader, global and national forces we have unleashed — either by deliberate policy choices (divestment in education, transferring debt to individual students, hollowing out of middle to lower middle classes ….) and/or unintended consequences of our full embrace of globalisation (high tech, consumerism as an ideology/religion, formal higher ed as the only credentialing ….) as leaders of the future, and global citizens, all issues worth studying. for Poli Sci, a larger parallel to the concept i introduced re: digital reality mismatched with our analog polity …. Professor Liang

Special report: Higher education’s existential crisis Axios

https://www.axios.com/colleges-universities-crisis-e437549e-b5ad-4e6c-8bab-f32db1065d14.html

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McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books) NB Buddhist Studies

Gloablisation and all classes. i wonder how other major faith practices would have reacted to a book-cover taking their main spiritual leader and/or deity and adding this “art work” of Mr. McDonald to her/his likeness? i myself am a free speech militant, so am not thinking about protesting or banning or anything like that — though i did sigh and make a face. for our classes the larger point is the dollar sign at the core of globalisation (and hence, our age) that i put on our blackboard — everything can be bought and sold, everything can be monetised and commodified, even religious concepts like “mindfulness” …. and because the world has become globalised, one part of the globe, the wealthier side, can easily borrow (take? steal?) religious or other ideas from poorer parts of the globe. i haven’t read the book yet, but i am guessing the “Mc” is a shot not just at the capitalism of it, but also the distortion, superficiality — much like fast food is sort of food but also a superficial, lesser version. and the phrase “capitalist spirituality” is really interesting to me, well worth thinking of other examples. and remember, in our classes we resist and disobey this push towards either/or’s — on a global scale phenomenon like this must be critically analyzed. on the other hand, to me, if individuals in the West receive solace from even the most watered down versions of mindfulness, then i am glad for this. Professor Liang

MCMINDFULNESS: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books)

Ronald E. Purser, “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books, 2019)

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OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

Globalisation. humans migrate. globalisation has accelerated the rate of involuntary migration while at the same time connected more of us to one another via various information superhighways. so here is a particular dish tied to the seasonality of produce (a sense of about food and time and place very much being wiped out by globalisation ….), missed by those who migrated, appreciated by those not of these regions by virtue of their immigrant friends and neighbors and this globalisation information superhighway. add in memories, elders, ancestors, families, friends, neighborhoods, traditional markets …. ceremonies, rituals …. and you have in one brief essay, one dish, one food item, a perfect illustration of why we have organized our semester the way we have. Professor Liang

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last!

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Why Young Black Chefs Need Black Mentors: Eater

Globalization. is food just about food? as we have already outlined during our first session, of course not — it is about history, family, memory, the economy, migration, culture, identity, career …. gender roles, social class, tradition, faith …. the list is nearly infinite. for our class, we use it as a microcosm — case study — on the one hand super accessible — all humans require food; and super flexible — you pick and choose which of these facets to use to connect your particular food and foodways to the broader, global patterns we are studying. Professor Liang

Why Young Black Chefs Need Black Mentors

https://www.eater.com/young-guns-rising-stars/2019/9/5/20841119/mentorship-black-chefs-hospitality-scholarships-programs

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