Event Response #1

I went to Denez Smiths dramatic Poetry reading in Moyer Forum on October 24th and was really surprised by what I was hearing. I didn’t do any research before I went in and wasn’t even sure what I was going to hear. I thought it would be more like the Zadie Smith talk, very formal, […]

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Event Response #2

I went to Zadie Smiths talk on November 28th which was really exciting to go to since the freshman class was asked to read her book Swing Time as summer reading. I was excited to hear her speak and compare it to how she wrote.  It was a different vibe from the first event I went […]

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Portfolio Review

I believe that a piece that went well for me was the Debate between Mr.Tea and Mr.Alcohol write up. I liked learning a new method for reading and because I found the piece to be an integral part of the course, I was happy to have a complete understanding of the article. I liked that […]

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William Almacks Journal

Williams journal which we read in class gave a first hand experience of what it was like trading with the Chinese. As a primary source it was interesting to see the language that was used when these two countries communicated and how that impacted trade and relations. We see constantly an almost fake nicety surrounding […]

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Tea Conquers Britain

Tea competed against coffee in the beverage industry as both were luxury imports. Tea was how Europe was able to get China to trade with them. Britain also had control of The East India Company which gave Britain the money to buy the tea as an import. Although Tea started as a drink of the […]

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Tea Thank You

We had the opportunity to participate in another tea tasting on Tuesday, October Thirtieth when a fellow Muhlenberg student came to class with a variety of tea from China. This is a Thank you to Yu Fei for bringing her tea to our class. I was surprised by the taste and smell of these liquids […]

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Tea in Japan

After going back over my free write I notice how word choice plays a large roll in class, readings, and of my overall view of the tea ceremony. Many times when we come into class with an assigned readings I notice that our understanding of the writing falls on the word choice of the article. […]

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