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I really admired how much thought and dedication went into the projects presented. Above all, I loved that students were able to express their culture, stories, and memories through a shared meal, and others had the opportunity to learn about their friends on a deeper level. In the first presentation, the food looked absolutely jaw-droppingly delicious. The buckwheat noodles, fish sauce, and the little decoration of green onions were delicious, and the aesthetically pleasing cucumber salad with vinegar and sesame oil was just what I needed.

The Year of the Goat

The Hox zodiac year of the Goat is associated with the Wood element and is a time of transformation and renewal. In Chinese culture, the Goat is a symbol of peace, gentleness, and prosperity. People born in this year are known for their artistic, gentle, and compassionate nature. They are often drawn to the arts and careers in the helping professions, such as counseling or social work, due to their empathetic nature. In addition to their personality traits, those born in the Year of the Goat also have certain food preferences and dietary habits that reflect their zodiac sign.

Food Studies and the Hox Zodiac Project

My name is Steven Le, and I am a 2nd year nursing student at the UCLA School of Nursing. I was born in the year of the dragon. Initially, when I entered this class, what I knew about zodiac signs was limited to mythology and the celebration of the Lunar New Year. However, I have come to learn that the zodiac signs represent so many different cultures and ideas. The most important thing I have learned is that all animals are innate in all of us.

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. 

Exploring Food and Culture

My name is Cami Chou and I am a second year born in the year of the sheep. I took this class due my passion for food, both eating and making, as it is something that both brings me joy and allows me to explore cultures and cuisines. This class has allowed me to further my exploration of food and how different people’s identities can affect their cooking and foods they eat and create.

Pigs and Hawaii

This class taught me about the dynamic between food, culture, and interpersonal connections through the context of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is an intricate system that assigns an animal to each year, each with its own set of traits and characteristics. In this food studies class, we took a unique approach to explore the zodiac by bringing in food that represented our respective zodiac animals and sharing personal stories related to our connections with food.

My First Blog

Hi, My name is Viviana Velasquez, and I am a fourth year studying Nursing at UCLA. I was born on April 26, 2001, making my Chinese Zodiac animal the Snake. I had never really studied the Chinese Zodiac before and was only familiar with it because I would see it on occasional visits to Chinese restaurants growing up. I remember the Chinese Zodiac Animals were listed on the table place mats, and my family and I would always try to figure out who was what animal.

First Blog - Introduction & Further Research About Rabbits

Hello, my name is Emily Mendez (she/her) and I’m a fifth year nursing major from North Hills, California. I was born in the month of December of 1999 so my Chinese Zodiac Sign is a Rabbit. This class has been interesting to me since day one because I was learning about something that I had never heard of before.


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