Gustation (the act or sensation of taste) Tour

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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An interview with a Sheila Mandy

420298-old-cinema-signMy cinema experience is of large sizes of popcorn surround sound relatively comfy seats, the movie is a blockbuster, the crowd is huge the actors are legendary and the price can reach deep into ones pockets

Everyone’s experience is completely different, you’ll get your ;

Walkie talkies; the ones that don’t turn off, constantly talkingbetween friends,

The commentators; the ones that analyze the movie retelling each obvious part to the rest of the audience and there are the

All aloners; the ones here for the movie, quite comfortable the sit in silence and get what they paid for

And of course lets not forget the Shushers, constantly shushing the noise makers, when ironically they become one themselves

However when I thought about the different experiences

it mainly was related to what kind of person you are, where about you go to the movies and who with.

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So I changed my view a different time.




My grandmother was the perfect candidate. Always telling us stories of how she was an outdoor girl. She hated shoes and rode her bike everywhere, tiring veryhard not to step indoors.

I thought if something could show me her young indoor behavior, cinema would.
When I initially asked her about her first cinema experience she paused for a long while, saying
“Oh wow I’ll need to think back a while for that one”

She said back then she went to boarding school. So her experience was delayed for a few years more than her local friends. But at the age of maybe 11 or 12 she left boarding school.

The stories went on until finally she detailed her first memorable experience of the flicks
It cost a tickey bicycle. Or rather a tickey.
The money in those days was close to the English and a tickey was the equivalent to 3 pennies.
Her pocket money at the time was a shilling. She had enough to see a movie and maybe get a coke and sweets.




Everyone would sit silent for the as the news reports unfolded before every movie. She said it was much more entertaining than the black and white papers and they didn’t have T.V. then. This was the first form of visual news.



A Saturday afternoon was the usually time for the cinema with friends; it was cheaper and after a long day riding bikes and swimming, the cinema was a quiet relaxing luxury.

The family didn’t go to the movies too often. They were expensive and on the rare occasion the whole family would attend it would have to be at night –the pricier session-

The themes was mainly revolved around western or cowboy movies. Full of action and recurring actors.  But her most memorable movie was Lassie. She remembered when al her friends used to go watch the sad movies the boys would sit directly behind the girls waiting to give them a hanky when they cried and to pant the on the shoulder.

When the family did go together they watch the really popular movies and sometimes the opera movies. My gran remembered the Italian opera singer Caruso. The cinema was always crowded; on saturday afternoons because it was cheap and all the kids would go, at night all the families would go and watch the blockbusters.
You had to queue out the front of the ticket box, before you could even go in. she said it was usually a long wait, but worth it.




She remembered how popular athletes were always turned into famous movie stars such as Tarzan, similarly to our popular singers now, who later find a career in acting.





She said she idolised this swimmer Esther Williams who did the same switch. She looked uo to her activeness and love of swimming. She’d go and see all her movies and even at fancy dress parties she would dress as her.My gran loved the movies as much as she loved the outdoors, i think because of the socialising and the ritual in the event.

Her cinema experience is much like mine is apart from the price, and the ability to leave my bike outside.

her experience was minimal compared to the children in the bigger cities. she hadn’t been to a drive in or a garden movie until much later in life, and still her first experiences at the movies were a highly influential part of her life.