My Experience Learning About Hox Zodiac

In my journey as a student at UCLA, I have never stumbled across a class as interesting as this one. I was glad to take it this quarter – it was like a breath of fresh air compared to the other classes I was taking this quarter. I learned a great deal about the different characteristics of each zodiac animal, as well as the different foods associated with each animal. 

At the beginning of the quarter, we were each asked to identify our Chinese Zodiac animal. I was born in the year of the Goat, along with several of my classmates. It was interesting to see that our class also included snakes, monkeys, horses, and rabbits as well. Another class included a celebration of the Rabbit, where we went to the Botanical Gardens and drank Kombucha. Another class I really enjoyed was the potluck-style class, in which my classmates brought in foods that were associated with their animals. For example, I remember that a girl born in the year of the Horse brought in cookies, and several of my classmates brought in brownies and other sweets. Another classmate, who was born in the year of the Monkey, brought in bananas and pomegranate juice. One of my best friends is the Monkey, so I learned more about the Zodiac sign of the monkey from this site: https://www.yourchineseastrology.com/zodiac/monkey.htm

Born in the year of the Goat myself, I brought in some apples from Whole Foods. They were $6.00. Taking this class was an opportunity to not only learn more about Chinese Zodiac animals and their significance, but also to experience new foods. More food that we tasted included cupcakes, fruit chips, almonds, lemon juice, chips and dips, and more. My friend brought donuts (which looked like Sheep, since he’s also born in the year of the Sheep/Goat):

Here is a picture of me enjoying a Snake's cupcakes:

It was fascinating to see how our zodiac animals influenced our food preferences and choices. For example, Goats love to eat fruits and veggies, so it made sense that I brought in some shiny, delicious, red apples for our classmates.

Here is a picture of me presenting the aforementioned shiny, delicious, red apples:

We also had a guest speaker, who was born in the year of the Rabbit. As 2023 is the year of the Rabbit, it was particularly interesting to learn more about this zodiac animal. The speaker shared with us the significance of traditional mole and how his grandmother used to make it, which was a new experience for all of us. I learned more about the Rabbit through this site:

https://studycli.org/chinese-zodiac/year-of-the-rabbit/

It was exciting to see how food can be a gateway to learning about different cultures and traditions, and it piqued my interest for later explorations into food and history, as well as familial culture. 

One of the most memorable moments of this quarter was actually when some of my peers, with whom I am taking this class, sat together after class we all shared stories about our zodiac animals and what they meant to us. Each of us had unique experiences and perspectives, but it was fascinating to see how our zodiac animals influenced our personalities and interests. As a Goat, I’ve always been drawn to creativity and the arts, which is why I decided to take this class in the first place.

Some more research about the year of the Goat that I found interesting and helpful when deciding what food to bring was from this site: https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/goat.htm

Ultimately, the class was a fun and educational experience that expanded my horizons both in terms of food and culture. I learned about the different zodiac animals and how they influence our personalities and preferences, and also got to taste some delicious foods along the way.

Hox Zodiac: