Describe basic cultural differences and similarities in the Asian/Pacific rim area based on distinct foodways. Our focus on Asia is limited to South, Southeast and East Asia. Geographic knowledge of Central Asia is very helpful as well.

PART I — Interpretive/Analytical Essay, 3-6 pages. 100 points.
Use correct essay style: double space; format with an introduction, analysis, and
conclusion; use citations, endnotes, and sources.
Topic: Pt. I. Apply the fIrst four Global competencies to the “fortune cookie” story
(Fortune Cookie Chronicles). Conclude Pt. 1 of your essay with several paragraphs
analyzing the pros and cons of globalization’s impact on Asian foodways.
Here are the four Global competencies
Global competencies
1. Describe basic cultural differences and similarities in the Asian/Pacific rim area
based on distinct foodways. Our focus on Asia is limited to South, Southeast and
East Asia. Geographic knowledge of Central Asia is very helpful as well.
2. Demonstrate the importance of trade, social class, and cultural diffusion in the
region through the specific example of distinct foods or cuisines.
1) The concept diffusion is specifically used in this course to mean the spread of
a commodity along a trade route before the concept of national boundaries arose in
the modern era.
2) The concept diffusion and transformation is used to mean the spread of a type
of food WITHIN a specific cultural zone and how it transforms over time, including
its taste and appearance, rituals associated with it, who uses it, how it is used, etc.
3. Demonstrate an understanding regarding the process of globalization through the
transculturation of Asian food. The concept transcultural (across cultures) is used
in this course to mean the introduction of a food from one culture zone to another
and across national boundaries in the modern era. In that way it is similar to
diffusion. The subsequent new transformation of an introduced food is called
neoculturation.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transculturation)
4. Demonstrate an understanding of foodways and globalization by describing a food
problem that transcends national borders and the “actions” underway to solve that
problem.