Free Write from Presentation

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word tea? Serenity. I feel comforted and happy when I have a cup of tea. It’s one of the few things in life that calms my nerves and makes me feel at peace. Peaceful. Control. I feel like my life is in control if I have a cup of tea, a book, and a candle burning. Give your best definition of cultural appropriation? Taking aspects of a culture. Usually, something that is deemed as ugly or disgusting, and relabeling it as something new, beautiful, and innovative w/o giving acknowledgement to the original...

Object Analysis

What am I? Feel I am made of porcelain: smooth to the touch with only curved edges and chips from time and wear adding texture to my surface. My surface takes on the temperature of my surroundings. Since I am generally kept inside, I tend to be slightly cool to the touch. I cannot freeze and will not melt in any reasonable setting. Color I am mainly an ivory, off-white color that makes the scuffs and stains that I have accumulated throughout the years very apparent. My dingy, worn glaze has chipped off in many places showing the contrast between it and my white under layer. It is almost identical to hypomineralization, or the “white spots,” that appear on someone’s teeth. Though I have proven to be resilient, I am certain that I would shatter if dropped from a high enough platform. Shape I am shaped like a slice of toast or a birdhouse with rounded edges. I am wider in the front and back than I am on my sides. There is a hole with jagged edges where the tip of the birdhouse would be that leads you into my dark and hollow inside. (Possible)  Use Though empty now, I am shaped as though I was once meant to hold something. I assume that the broken hole at my top was meant to be covered with a lid, but that is a piece that I no longer have. There is a chip at the foot of one of my four sides that would make it impossible for me to hold a liquid now if that were ever my intended purpose. The size of...

Object Analysis Draft

It is believed that porcelain was invented around the time of the Eastern Han Empire. Porcelain was made so durable that pieces made 2,000 years ago in the Han Dynasty are still vibrant in color and have the same translucency that they are believed to have had back then. During the Tang Dynasty the production and export of porcelain increased due to: 1)tea drinking becoming popular and 2) export to western countires increased by means of the Northern Silk Road and the southern Tea Horse Trade. Jingdezhen, who was originally known for white porcelain, began adding cobalt which produced a bue colored porcelain. It is believed that porcelain was invented around the time of the Eastern Han Empire. Porcelain was made so durable that pieces made 2,000 years ago in the Han Dynasty are still vibrant in color and have the same translucency that they are believed to have had back then. Emporer Kangxi reorganized production at Jingdezhen, as well as export trade. Personalized and special order porcelain art became popular in Europe and America. Although Europeans learned how to make porcelain, Chinese porcelain was extremely popular in the West and was highly coveted for its high quality and low cost. Tea was introduced to England by China in the middle of the 17th century. While there are references to its use prior, the first recorded sale of tea in England occurred in 1657. The term tea caddy is derived from the Malay word ‘kati’ which was a specific unit of weight used for measuring tea. Thomas Ash was the first person to make a tea caddy under this...

Blog Post #10: What Is Exposition?

By definition, exposition is “a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.” This is a term that is used in English-based classes and when talking to scholars about literature but is often ignored by the majority of people outside of these settings. This is unfortunate because it is a word that explains most human interactions. Simply put, exposition is communication. It spans from old texts written by literary masters from centuries past to an instruction manual on how to set up your IKEA desk chair. (That was a bad example because really… who actually uses an instruction manual? Regardless, my point remains.) “Exposition” is not some distant concept that can only be crafted or understood by those who have studied it in depth, it the most basic and used tool in human nature. Communication. Persuasion differentiates itself from exposition when it stops explaining something solely to give information and starts trying to convince you of something. In hindsight, I guess that is a feeble definition because sharing information in almost any respect could be perceived to be persuasive because you are trying to convince someone of the facts. Learning factual information, whether they are an old concept or a new idea, changes an individual’s reality. Some may consider the sharing of this information to have been persuasive because it changed someone’s perspective. Personally, I think the difference between exposition and persuasion is the intent. If the narrator shares information strictly to educate or share information with the receiver, I would consider that exposition. I do not think that is definitive and I am certain that my views...

Blog Post 8: Telling History

I think that we have discussed a majority of the issues that arise when researching the history of an object. I would say that without a witness or testament, that there are few historical objects that can be understood by a modern person without extensive references. We do not have an exhaustive understanding of how a culture functions and the intimate significance that object holds within that group of people unless we are fully able to witness it, or if someone has left documents explaining what the object means, does, signifies, etc. in text that is detailed enough that the reader is able to grasp the idea without any confusion, but still simplistic enough to be understood by many generations without having to be translate due to outdated language. When wording changes, meaning changes… Or not. Maybe the new translation is exactly what the original author meant. There is no way to know for sure because we cannot ask that person or someone who shared the same experience. If there are this many questions regarding a descriptive text, the confusion that arises when discussing “foreign-looking” objects without reference is almost abysmal. There are no definite answers, even if the answer seems obvious because we are viewing someone else’s cultural items through our own culture’s lens. Even after studying the item’s context and believing that you have created a conclusive analysis unless there is someone who is able to confirm or deny the claim, I do not believe it can be stated as fact. The only way, in my opinion, that you can approach this is by thoroughly researching the...
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