Dim Sum-Living Color by Elyse Gay- Wiegand C

For my experience I had gone to Jing Fong restaurant. Dim Sum is a traditional brunch which has various types of food. When we first walked into the restaurant we all went on the escalators upstairs and when we got upstairs we sat wherever we wanted. There many types of food, for example steamed pork dumplings, shumai, dumplings, mango jello and various other dishes. Each dish was pushed around and served on carts. The only way to get what you wanted on the carts was to wave your hand in the air and flag down the server pushing the carts with food you would like. The table was always filled with food and tea, there was never a table that didn't have a lot of food or a full pot of tea on it. Throughout the meal and around the restaurant we encountered many taoist decorations and beliefs and we saw a little bit of Confucianism in the restaurant as well.

This was one of the decorations a at the Jing Fong restaurant. This is one of the examples of Taoism because this wall is mixed and disorganized and taoism is the way of untamed nature and going with your path and this is "untamed" and just goes with the flow and has no order. Above this wall is a bamboo frame which represents the importance of nature this is especially important in taoism

Jing Fong should many examples of taoism. One of the things that I saw a lot during my experience at Jing Fong was wu-wei. Wu-Wei is an action that doesn't involve struggle and is the flow of life. An example of wu-wei would be when our table were allowed to sit where we wanted without having a waiter seat us or tell us were to sit and we didn't have to wait in a huge line to be seated, as soon as we saw a table we were allowed to sit where we wanted. Another example of wu-wei is that at Dim Sum there was no menu to order from, so we waved down the cart with the food we wanted and we had various options to choose from, whereas in a restaurant you have to choose and order only one meal to eat and you usually have to wait for your food to come out. The food on the cart gave you the freedom to choose whatever you want without the struggle of waiting and only having one option.

In Confucianism everything should be exactly what it is or was originally or the Rectification of Names. In this picture this is supposed to be a carrot according to Confucianism, but this was actually rice with coconut and peanuts inside. In Taoism everything is not what it seems. This "carrots" are a perfect example of taoism.

At Jing Fong I saw a few things about Confucianism. In the restaurant I saw the Five Great relationships and Li a lot throughout the restaurant. There was a relationship between the waiter/customer and the host(owner)/waiter. The waiter would talk and listen to the host with respect and then do what the host told them to do, the waiter comes over to you table to give you the food that you asked for and people would usually say thank you. This also relates to Li, which is the virtue of proper manners, correct behavior, and respect. In the restaurant it was proper to tap your fingers on the table to say thank you when someone poured your tea for you, which should proper manners and respect towards the person who was pouring tea for you.

Phoenix
Dragon

The two images above are a picture of a phoenix and a dragon. These 2 represent yin and yang. Yin and Yang are opposites.Yin is a symbol of earth, femaleness, passivity, and absorption. Yang is maleness, light, activity, and penetration. Here the dragon and the phoenix are supposed to represent yin, this is because phoenixes renew back to youth and women raise children from their youth and the dragon represents yang because dragons are supposed to be intimidating, strong, fearless, and masculine.

I thought that this would be a really good experience to do especially for the Ancient China Unit. You learned about the Chinese culture and saw the Chinese culture up close and experience the culture for yourself. I would highly recommend Jing Fong restaurant to future eighth graders, especially if you like experiencing different foods and cultures. I tried foods I normally wouldn't try, it teaches you to try new things even if they might not be what you like. Future eighth graders who love trying new things or want to try new things should defiantly try dim sum. You can also see the taoist culture through the decorations around you.

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