On Friday we did a workshop to see how our project is developing so far. We made a big web with our question in the middle and other topics spreading out from it. We also tried to tie our sources to our different branched topics.
This is what mine looks like so far. The green and orange are what I already had in mind for my project with questions like what foods are available in India to Tibetans? How has acculturation affected what foods they prefer? What is the traditional Tibetan diet? The blue topics are ones that we discussed in class that I also need to pursue. These include what foods do the Tibetans eat out of the foods available to them? What is the cultural impact of their changing diet? Are they trying to preserve their culture through their diet? I’ve learned through some research and my exposure to the small Tibetan community in Salt Lake City that Tibetans want very much to preserve their culture. I think that food is a big part of culture. If their diet is changing then how is it affecting their culture? Do they think diet is a part of their culture? Are they doing anything to preserve their diet? These are subjects that I think are important to look into for my research. I should do more searches on how populations’ cultures have changed by their diet changing. I will have to focus on less scientific studies and more ethnographic studies.