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Like Italian pasta, Chinese noodles vary in width. They can be thick as chopsticks or thin as toothpicks. When it comes to length, they are usually served long and uncut. This is because long noodles symbolize a long life in Chinese tradition. Noodles are commonly served at birthday celebrations as a birthday cake with its candles in many countries. Since noodles do symbolize long life, it is considered very unlucky to cup up a strand.

Types of noodles:

Hand-pulled noodles:

Hand-pulled noodle is usually served with flavoured thick stock, such as mutton stock and hotpot stock. During wintertime, northern Chinese consume hand-pulled noodle frequently as they believe this dish will provide warmth and extra energy. In order to make hand-pulled noodle, you simple hold and stretch out paste in both hands and whirling it around several times. Then you fold and refold the paste repeatedly. Eventually the paste is transformed into long, thin, noodles.

Rice-noodle:

In comparison with hand-pulled noodle, rice-noodle is heavily consumed by Southern Chinese. Since their cooking methods involve boil and steam, the cuisine is considered as healthier and less flavoured (Northern Chinese cooking method involves more deep-fried, stir-fried).

Guilin Rice Noodle is a representative. This dish contains dried nuts, spring onion, chilli, pickled beans and stock. There are many restaurants around the country serve this dish to customers, however, you have to go to Guilin to try the authentic rice-noodle dish.

 

Can you imagine what our life will become if all technologies are taken away from us?

Today when I was stalking my friends on Chinese Facebook ‘Renren’, I found a really interesting poll. It asks that if you have to be locked in a room for one month, what are the three most priorities you are going to bring with you (enough food and water will be given). The poll results show that Computer with Internet access is ranked at the first place (66%), then it comes with a beautiful blonde girl (23%) and mobile phones (19%).

Technology plays a crucial role in our lives. We cannot deny that technology makes our lives easier. Distance education and online database are outcomes of modern technology.

However, the prevalence of technology can be very annoying sometimes. Since we are getting more and more rely on technology. I even don’t know how to cope if my mobile phone runs out of battery for one day. I think technology is the drug, once you get used to it, you cannot survive without it.

If anyone is interested in taking the poll, please reply below.

What are the three things you will bring with if you are locked in the room for one month? You will be given enough food and water, however, you will not receive any contact with the outside world.

  1. television
  2. books (enough for month reading)
  3. computer with internet access
  4. blonde beautiful girl/nice cute boys
  5. mobile phone
  6. game playing devices (eg. PSP, Wii)

 

Have you ever donated because of other people’s pressure, and you didn’t donate voluntarily?

Last night I met some fundraising officers who were collecting money to refugees. She told me in order to give a long-term support there was a minimum 20 dollars requirement each month. Once you signed in, money will be deducted from your credit card for a period of six month. This makes me wonder is when a requirement is set up for donation? Don’t I donate as an in-kind support, and when has it become an obligation?

Involuntarily donations happen a lot in Chinese entertainment industry. As a star, people always assume you make huge amount of money, and it is “morally required” for you to donate kindly (even unreasonable kindly) when there is a disaster in China.

The earthquake of Wenchuan and Yushu are best examples for this phenomenon. It is ridiculous but true that the amount of donation by each star has been listed on mass entertainment newspapers, and each person is ranked, judged and even criticised. Yaoming, a Chinese basketball player who serves in NBA, donates less in comparison with other stars. Since this, he has always been ridiculed by the mass.

What makes me really hate is since when people have to donate a huge amount in order to avoid other’s mockery. Since when people will become the hero just because they donate more than others. What do you think?

I went to Northern Territory during this mid-semester break. There is no mobile phone reception, and it is hard to get internet access in the dessert. I went there with a big group, and what i found really interesting was the first thing travelers did was checking there facebook account as soon as they arrive Coober Pedy (the town where people can have easy internet access). By the time they were connected with their online social network, they were so excited and glad. One girl told me that she finally returned back to reality.

has anyone share the same experience?

The credibility of mass media

Nowadays, has mass media lost its credibility under various social influences?

Today, through the conversation with a lady who has done her bachelor degree twenty years ago, she said how luck our generation is since we don’t have to go to library to do research. She believes that the accomplishment of a good essay can be guaranteed as long as you have access to Internet. This leads to a long debate around the issue of why people start questioning the authority of mass media.

Following are several reasons of why information from Internet is not always reliable. We cannot deny that Internet itself can be functioned as a massive live library where you can find whatever information you need. However, since Web 2.0 is a platform where people can upload information, editing and publishing articles, the correctness and objective characteristics of information can be easily lost. At the same time, the process of screening published articles is missing. In this situation, people can be misguided by false resources.

Cash for comment:

After the ‘cash for comment’ affair, can you still trust those editorial commentary even through they are not paid advertising? Every time when you hear comments about a particular commercial organization, will you question the credibility and objective of these comments?

In week 8 reading, the article ‘Power law, Weblogs and Inequality’ suggests that ‘diversity plus freedom of choice create inequality. The greater the diversity, the more extreme the equality’.

I find this article really interesting since people always claim that greater freedom and access to information is a good thing. I do agree that inequality will be created since people will access different information based on preference. however, how can we justify this contraction between freedom and inequality?

Chinese cultures are becoming more and more saturated into western society. Almost everyone who is able to receive news and information has some understanding of Chinese culture. However, have you ever ask yourself how much percent of the understand are true, and which are stereotypes?

Stereotype 1: Chinese are ‘subspecies’ since they eat dogs

Today one article is published on MX about English singer Morrissey claims that all Chinese eat gods and cats, so Chinese is seen as a ‘subspecies’. I felt a bit angry about how ridiculous this singer is. Although it is true that in some minorities in China do eat dogs during wintertime since they believe eating dogs can balance their body (Yin and Yang), and making them healthy. But it is not true that every Chinese eat dogs, and it makes me feel depressed since some people associate dog eating with Chinese. In fact, more and more Chinese families treat dogs as their friends, even a member of their families.

Stereotype 2: Chinese food is unhealthy, greasy and cheap

Last night I had a short chat with a friend who comes from South Africa. We were discussing about Chinese food, and she had a really bad impression with Chinese restaurant in Melbourne. Words such as cheap, unhealthy, fast, MSG have been adopted when she was describing then. I cannot deny that there are many Chinese food take away shops in Melbourne, and the “food” they are creating are not even Chinese one. This irresponsible action of selling unreal Chinese food and destroying Chinese culture is totally seen as unacceptable to me. However, what else can I do except complaining?

Stereotype 3: all Chinese can play Kongfu

Under the heavy influence of Chinese Kongfu movies, many people still believe that the Kongfu actions are real, and all Chinese is good at playing them. It is wrong to deny that those Kongfu never exist, however, you must experience years of years practice in order to be able to operate them.

Stereotype 4: all Chinese women are submissive and skinny

Some people I know do believe that Chinese women should be very skinny and submissive since that is what has been portrayed in movies, especially those about ancient Kongfu stories. In those films, women are solely good at doing housework’s, and they are praised for being received little education. They follow absolute commands from their husband, and this is seen as a virtue in Chinese culture.

This phenomenon did exist in my grandmother’s generation that women should be submissive and dependent of their husbands. However, the whole situation has totally changed. Receiving education is seen as a priority no matter how rich or what gender you are. At the same time, girls have been taught and encouraged to make independent decisions when their growing ups.