The class introduces many interesting topics and information to me. And after completing the posts of each week, I had many opportunities to share my thoughts to the class, and it also gives me a chances to know the classmates’ effective and creative perspectives. I had a good time to share and communicate the class’s topics with others.
In the Week 1, we shared a featured blocks by our observations. Although, I chose a block which I had been many times, it is the first time to go there for observation goal. I observed the block in details by watching people’s expression and structures’ roles for 2 times. It is enjoyed to observe the block’s cultures. In Week 2, we talked about differences of people. How can we distinguish each other. And in this week, I read many meaningful posts from our classmates. They gave me some new perspectives about how native people think about race, because in my culture, most of people come from the same race. In Week 3, we wrote a specific rite from our daily life and analyze some elements of this ritual activity. For that post, I observed a wedding in summer and it helps me to watch a wedding by observing it from cultural aspect.
Week 4 is my favorite posts from all. It asks me to draw a family tree by using the approach taught in the class. Before I took this class, I usually draw the family tree by making a chart and clearly write the relative’s names and sometimes with their pictures. But in the kinship chart, I drew it in a more professional way by using different symbols. Another reason I liked that post is I have chance to know more about our classmates’ family. After reading their chart, I could read their family’s structures. In Week 5, we learned the economic issue from different cultures and time. I learned many type of exchange and how they work in the certain cultures. In the Week 6, we learned the information about globalization. As a international student, I prefer to learn more about this topic. Especially the reading “How Sushi Went Global” is very interesting and attractive. It tells us how the Japanese sushi to become popular in U.S. and it is a typical example of globalization.