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November 23, 2014
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The Differences of Eating Habits Between Chinese Culture and Canadian Culture

We are pleased to welcome Jianan Mo to the Writing Centre. She will be working with us during the Fall 2014 term as part of the International Work Experience Program.


The Differences in Eating Habits between the Chinese and Canadian Cultures

by Jianan Mo

As you can see, there are more and more international students who come from China on campus now. Most of you will probably make friends with them in your future courses at Laurier since it will benefit you through learning a new culture. Having a dinner with others is a good way to make friends in Canada. Therefore, you will benefit from having the knowledge of different eating habits. You can feel comfortable when you have a dinner with someone who comes from a different culture, especially when you treat someone. I am one of the Chinese students who studies on campus now. I will talk about five differences I noticed because having the knowledge of differences will help you to avoid misunderstanding arises from culture differences.

-- I eat 3 meals per day, while many Canadians love to eat whenever they want. All of my Canadian friends love to have snacks and cookies in the afternoon, while I prefer to eat exactly three times per day.

-- Most Chinese eat more fresh vegetables than Canadians. I eat vegetables in every meal I have, while many of my Canadian friends only eat vegetables at dinner time.

-- Shopping habits differ as well in these two cultures. Many Chinese buy groceries every day, while many Canadians prefer to buy groceries once a week. I remember when I was in my high school, my mom tried to get the freshest vegetables for me every day at 6am at outdoor markets, while many Canadians buy groceries once a week in supermarkets.

-- Most Canadians have sweet dessert after their meal such as cheese cake while Chinese have congee. Congee is a type of rice porridge. We can add what we want into congee such as red beans, meats, and eggs. We have hundreds of kinds of congee in China and we try to cook one kind per day.

-- Many Chinese eat cooked food while many Canadians love the raw food. I have done a really interesting observation this week. I just stood by the Subway located in the Bricker Academic Building and watched how people ordered the food. Many Chinese students chose to toast their bread for their meatball sandwiches (since meatballs were cooked!). Also, Chinese students wouldn’t order veggies like green peppers if they are not cooked. Almost all the Canadians I observed that day ordered raw food such as green peppers and red onions.

All in all, eating habits are different in every culture. If we could know the differences of eating habits, it will definitely benefit us!


The New and Improved Drop-In

The New and Improved Drop In
by Lindsay Meaning

With the start of the fall semester, the Wilfrid Laurier Writing Centre has shaken things up by implementing a new schedule for appointments and drop-in hours. This new schedule has set aside every Thursday, all day, for students to drop in without a pre-scheduled appointment in order to get help with any aspect of their academic writing assignments. There will be two tutors available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and three tutors available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This new schedule will make it easier for students to find time between classes to visit the Writing Centre. Appointments will be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Manager Spotlight: Congratulations, Dr. Samuels!

Dr. Boba Samuels successfully defended her doctoral dissertation yesterday at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. The title of her dissertation is "What is Writing in Undergraduate Anthropology? An Activity Theory Analysis".



Congratulations, Dr. Samuels!

Tutor Spotlight: Congratulations, Haydn!

Here's more good news: Haydn Lawrence successfully defended his Master's thesis last week. The title of his thesis is Integrated Spatial Analysis of Volunteered Geographic Information.



Congratulations, Master Haydn!

Tutor Spotlight: Congratulations, Dr. Sharpe!

We are so happy to share the news that Dr. Ada Sharpe successfully defended her PhD dissertation in English and Film Studies. The title of her dissertation is "Polish or work? Four women novelists and the professionalization of accomplishment, 1796-1814. You can read about her dissertation here.



Congratulations, Dr. Sharpe!





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