I have a number of changes from my previous formats and concepts of my gustation (the act or sensation of taste) tour through Asia
What will remain the same is the viewpoint of a food intolerant. I find this approach to be unique but also personal. Not only will I be able to experience a new side to Asian food but I will also help and encourage others who are affected or are curious about food intolerances.
I will try to show others how easy and practical it can be to discover new food even when faced with barriers such as this. In the process I intend to show those affected and those curious, how intolerant friendly food doesn’t have to be lifeless.
One concept that intrigued me when I first looked into it and still does now is the different variations of food intolerances all around the world. This fuelled my curiosity and lead me to further research how different they can be. The difference between Asian cultures and ‘western’ cultures is extreme, intolerances common in each are barely even noticed in the other, to the extent that some food are not even eaten to begin with in the other culture. The science behind would need much more time that I could give in just one project but I hope to at least find curious information to share and experience myself. I say experience because as i research I will come across foods Ive never heard of and I can’t simply base my research text. I hope to try common intolerant food of Asian countries as I find them. What better was to gain a well-rounded understanding of the unfamiliar foods than to try them.
As the research for my project continued I realized the intolerance concept stands well on its own, yet it still allows me to explore a range of new experiences that; simulate, intrigue and entertain me.
When first deciding on how I would be exploring Asian culture I felt it was necessary to create an entertaining factor. As my concept through intolerances has developed I’ve realized the combined analysis of food and film is not necessary to achieve that compelling factor. The unique nature of my viewpoint will expose engaging avenues itself, as I explore my own curiously I will create more paths to discover.
I found that studying films and their relationship with food would be a project in itself, I needed to chose between that and intolerances. Intolerances fascinated me much more than food and film, and I felt like there was only so far I could push a project like that before I felt like I was repeating myself.
The intolerance world is new to me and I feel like having the opportunity to dive into a world that is so specific will lead to unique understands that will not only affect me in terms of my knowledge but also my own personal eating and intolerances when the project is completed.
A concept that I am looking at exploring more, that I had not considered when initially working on my project was the treatment of intolerances. Since coping with intolerances is a combination of prevention and treatment I would like to explore the avoidance of trigger food as well as the options for healing.
The differences in ‘eastern’ and ‘western’ medicine can vary greatly especially when considering ancient natural treatments and healing widely found in Asia.
I would like to explore how effective natural Chinese medicine can be in treating intolerances and allergies.
The easiest starting point for me will be researching respectable Doctors as well as well known treatments I can acquire through everyday means.
Treating allergies and intolerances will target the source; I am willing to try unfamiliar teas and digestive remedies if it means that I can find alternative relief as well as gaining insight into the catalogue of options I have yet to discover.
Traditional Chinese medicine is not restricted to simple teas and remedies; it includes healthy diets, meditation, physical exercise, remedial massage and acupuncture. I am excited to try remedial massage and acupuncture to improve my research in an auto-ethnographic manner.
My approach in this project is to dive right in, to understand as much as I can my intolerances and how Asian cultures can help me find a different viewpoint.
Chinese medicine focuses on the harmony of the body, interaction between parts and aims to keep the balance of the body
The digestive system when viewed in a Chinese medicinal manner processes slightly differently than in ‘Western’ medicine. The differences in viewing the human body open diverse directions of thinking and so the treatment is different.
In Chinese medicine the stomach and the spleen need to work in harmony for the digestive process to be balanced
Chinese Yams (Mountain Yam), Wild Cardamom, Atractylodes and Codonopsis are used in a tonic to help with this balance and work together to harmonise Stomach and Spleen functions.
Heartburn and indigestion is attributed to a misdirection stomach Qi (pronounced chee) where it moved upwards instead of downwards. Chinese herbs can be taken to regulate the flow; Magnolia Bark, Pinellia and Evodia as some that help with this process.
I am eager to try tonics and herbs to see how effective these unfamiliar methods are
The platform that I would like to present my project through is Youku; a Chinese online video and steaming platform.
I would like to upload my videos to an Asian database to hopefully round off my Asian experience. Since I will be experimenting with Chinese medicine I hope my videos will show a different perspective for the users of the site
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