Dim Sum

Dim Sum represents a healthy eating style in Chinese culture. Traditionally, Dim Sum is served with tea, which quite resembles the combination of coffee and dessert in the British tradition. In America, I think Dim Sum is one of the few foods that still maintain typical Chinese taste and style, because too many foods are Americanized to accommodate the local taste.

This is a combination of various dishes of Dim Sum. Also as a contrast between the Dim Sum dining culture and the coffee and dessert tradition.

Pretty interesting, Dim Sum literally means “TOUCH YOUR HEART.” It consists a variety of dumplings, steamed dishes and other goodies. The function of TEA in this eating tradition is to help digestion and cleanse the palate. With hundreds of years of precipitation, the making of Dim Sum developed into an art. It requires complicated procedures to make each dish look beautiful, smell good, and taste flavorful.

With a couple of small shared dishes, who doesn’t enjoy a lazy afternoon with friends? For most Dim Sum restaurants in China, the atmosphere is hardly conducive to romance. Instead, it’s a place of noise and fun. People talk and laugh loudly, which is also considered a good approach to stress relieve.

This is quite different from the American fast food culture here. In contrast, Chinese people enjoy the time that they spend with friends or families in a dim sum restaurant. They don’t like to buy a fast-cooked food, take it away, and eat it alone. In the Cantonese area, people go to a certain restaurant day after day. Thus, people would develop a group of often-see friends, and gossip about their neighborhood.

But now in the market, Dim Sum is also on a fast-food trend in order to follow people’s fast living pace. It is packaged, and quick-freezed. Microwaved it, and then it’s ready to be on table. When eating the fast-microwaved Dim Sum, I feel like it’s losing sort of cultural essence, because it no longer has the enjoyful and gossiping environment that should be accompanied with.

Wear Technology While Reporting

New technology time and again renovates how journalism works, from text to video, from paper to online, and so on. To wear a technology sounds like a science fiction, but it’s happening.

Currently Google is developing another interesting tool – Project Glass, which is able to display all sorts of information in front of your eyes. It’s just like a wearable computing process, with combination of smartphone, GPS and so on.

Take a look at the technological breakthrough from the official video release.

New technology could easily bring excitement to the media industry. This is once again the case where the new gear will assist future journalism development.

With the gear, you not only see things you normally see, but also see things you don’t normally see – virtual information. For journalists, the glass means more data collection, faster information researching, quicker communication, as well as free of hand to do reporting in the field. You tell the glass what to research, and it immediately displays everything in front of your eyes. Journalism has a lot to do with communicating and researching, and the tool will help journalists on both sides in an amazing way.

Now the glass is at the very early stage. Allegedly, it carries a high definition camera, and has a relevant app on its scream, which allows journalists to do interview with someone who feels uncomfortable in front of a camera. The person just needs to look at your eyes and talk like in a daily conversation. Another advantage is so obvious in breaking news. Reporters will be able to know latest information on the way, and do recordings at the scene, even without a camera or laptop on hand.

At the same time, this brings concerns as well. Since we could use the device without holding it in hand, it’s even more unnoticeable to know what others are recording or researching. It could lead to more privacy conflicts in the future.

Despite that, I believe Project Glass could be another round of storm.

WAKE UP, Chinese people!

People make protests to show their objection by words or action. That’s the case in Iran where people show anger towards the anti-Islamic film, in China where people against Japan’s purchase of Diaoyu Islands, and else wherever people feel irritable with the government action.

In China, I haven’t seen people being so angry until news came that Japan purchased Diaoyu Islands. Tracking the source of anger, it’s due to not just the current islands conflict, but also the historical origin – Japan’s invasion into China during World War II. There’s a deeply-rooted hatred lying in the mind of Chinese people, especially for the elder generation.

In response to Japan’s purchase, Chinese people rally together across the nation to demonstrate on streets, burn Japanese cars, destroy Japanese properties, etc. They hate everything related to JAPAN. Protest crazily upgraded into violence. But what does that bring about? Success? NO! We are hurting our own Chinese people, we are smashing our own humanity conscience, and we are turning into monsters, while these acts do tiny help to address the conflict.

Here’s a short story:

Jianli Li, 51, met the demonstration while driving in his Japanese car on Sep. 15, 2012. The demonstrators destroyed his car, and more seriously, his head got hit by a U-shape iron lock. His wife begged the demonstrators by saying: “Buying this car cost us years of saving. Don’t do that to us! ” But that does no help. After being sent to the hospital, Li was in a coma for three days.

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See what has been done? The islands conflict brings nationalism and patriotism. Everyone has their rights to demonstrate their anger, but not in this way. We don’t have rights to hurt others, and to damage other’s property. We should never blind ourselves with stupid patriotism. Refusing to buy Japanese products means less free trade and economic slowdown. Smashing Japanese cars means extra money are needed to repair, or even to buy a new car. Let’s do things in a smarter way.

Hey, guys! We are hurting more!