Text and images by Nova Pan.
Part I: Toast and dumplings
This morning I awoke to the scent of burning toast and when I walked into the kitchen I saw a piece of black toast lying in the rubbish bin. My roommate, Patricia, shrugged her shoulders and looked at me with a confused smile. Of course, we then went to get soup dumplings without a moment’s hesitation.
There are different kinds of dumplings in China. The first variation is soup dumplings or standard dumplings. Then you can get them Steamed, Fried, or boiled. There are at least 6 different kinds: steamed standard dumplings, steamed soup dumplings, fried, and so on. And if you want you can get an assortment of them by getting different things inside like vegetables, meat or a mixture of both. The combinations are endless. You can have soup fried meat dumping, soup fried vegetable dumpling, soup fried mixed dumpling, standard fried meat dumpling, standard fried vegetable dumpling, standard fried mixed dumpling, etc. Dumplings also come in different shapes and sizes, so there are another hundred kinds of dumplings and you probably don’t want me to name all of them.
Part II: Class Meeting
Today we had our first critique from our work in China so far. I learned a lot from talking about my work with everyone, it is good to get feedback from photography majors. Since I am a graphic designer I do not know much about lighting and technical details. I am learning more about this from my study in Shanghai and it is helping my photography. We have a very diverse group so it is good to see the work that people are doing. I am excited to see how everyones’ work will progress by the end of our trip.