MonthFebruary 2018

February 28, 2018

Karla, Kelly, Maddy
Center for Disease Control:
“Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.”
Limited access to affordable, healthier foods is one factor that may make it harder for some Americans to eat a healthy diet and could negatively affect their health
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, there are “higher rates of obesity found in low-income and racial/ethnic minority groups in the U.S.  Environmental barriers to healthy eating are often greater for people who have lower incomes, less education, and language barriers, and traditional healthy diet education campaigns often fail to reach them.”
Additionally, a lack of access to supermarkets combined with greater access to convenience stores increases this trend (Harvard).
On Civil Eats (“a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system”), writer Jodi Helmer brings up one potential solution: modern food courts.  Trendy food courts are emerging in urban areas, with one example “serving a diverse mix of foods, including burgers, ramen noodles, Ethiopian cuisine, and Mexican ice cream, in a range of price points.” A potential problem with this solution is that it doesn’t clearly address how people suffering poverty will be helped.  Clearly, food deserts are a problem that disproportionately affect poor communities, and trendy food courts might not be accessible. While it is still unclear if this is a viable solution, there are other options.
An initiative called the Urban Food Project “encourag[es] corner stores to buy, sell, and market fresh produce, [and] improves healthy food access and the local farmers who make weekly fresh produce deliveries gain new markets for their fruits and vegetables” (Helmer).
Food Swamps(the atlantic)
new research suggests food deserts might not be the culprit—or at least not the only one—for the high prevalence of obesity in certain areas. Instead, food swamps might be to blame.
In addition to being low on grocery stores, food swamps are also crammed with unhealthy food options like corner stores and fast-food places.
Research shows food deserts more abundant in minority neighborhoods (John Hopkins magazine)
According to new research by Kelly Bower, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, When comparing communities with similar poverty rates, she discovered that black and Hispanic neighborhoods have fewer large supermarkets and more small grocery stores than their white counterparts. Bursting with junk-food options, these smaller establishments rarely offer the healthy whole-grain foods, dairy products, or fresh fruits and veggies that a supermarket would provide. When it comes to having healthy food options, says Bower, “the poverty level of a neighborhood certainly matters, but even beyond poverty, the racial composition matters.”
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Khazan, O. (2017, December 28). Food Swamps Are the New Food Deserts. Retrieved February 28, 2018, from
Kelly Brooks / Published Spring 2014. (2014, March 10). Research shows food deserts more abundant in minority neighborhoods. Retrieved February 28, 2018, from

February 26, 2018

In my family there is a weird tradition of eating orange rice with bananas, this is a popular mix in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. This would be used by all social classes, so it is very inclusive. In my culture beans and tortillas are common among all social classes, but the less fortunate would probably eat it more often. Nobody looks down upon these two food combinations because they are used in all social classes. A snobby person would probably not want to eat this as often as the less fortunate would because of the popularity among the lower class.

February 23, 2018

Yiang Leng , Brandon Wong



___N_ 1. Kyoko needs to write a report on American politics. She looks up Barack Obama in Wikipedia and discovers he is the 44th president of the United States. She includes this information in her report but doesn’t mention Wikipedia.

It is common knowledge

___Y__2. Tam is writing a paper on a novel for his English class. Since the whole class is reading the same book, he doesn’t need to use a citation.

We still need to use a citation even though we are all reading the same book.

__N___3. Sugi wrote a paper for his European history class last semester and got an A on the paper. This semester, his Political Science class is addressing some of the same issues that are in his History paper. He checks with his professor first who agrees with Sugi, so he uses the material from his History paper.

It is not plagiarism because he is using his original work.

___Y__4. Ramiro, Stephan, April, and Chris are working on a group project. Chris submits his work and the others suspect that some of it came from the Internet, but it sounds good, so they submit it.

They still have to verify before submitting.

____Y_5. Maria finds a lot of good information for her paper on the Internet. She carefully changes the wording and prepares a good paraphrase. She doesn’t copy anything verbatim.

They still have to cite because they are taking the idea.

February 21, 2018

In class Writing

I have felt tokenized due to my Mexican background. Many of my “friends” would come to me when they needed help with their Spanish homework. I thought it was unfair that they automatically assumed I knew Spanish because there are some Mexican Americans that do not. Other people assumed that I could eat anything that was spicy due to being a Latina. This was really inaccurate because I hardly eat anything spicy, besides hot cheetos.

I just think that Tokenizing is overall unfair because we place other individuals into certain categories that may not relate to them. Stereotypes limit the way we think about others. I do not think tokenizing is positive because it still stereotypes and classifies individuals into categories. A certain expectation is expected because of these strategies.

February 16, 2018

APA references

Gebhard, J. G. (2010). What Do International Students Think and Feel? Adapting to U.S College Life and Culture. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Univiersity of Michigan Press.

Mack, T. (1997, May). “Culture Shock’. Forbes magazine, 188-190.

Simpson, J. C. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of Culture Shock. Time, p. 156. Retrieved February 9, 2007.

Wright, R. (2005). Going to Teach in Prisons: Culture Shock. Journal of Correctional Education,56(1), 19-38. doi:Academic Search Premier

February 12, 2018

Audio Essay Pitch In

My life as a first generation Chicana has had many struggles. I will be talking about how Spanish was my first language and the many expectations my family had for me. I will also be talking about how my family achieved the American Dream. I will also be talking about how I faced racism, while going to a predominantly white private school and how I began to learn about white privilege. I will also be talking about how I have been treated different for speaking a different language here in SF.


I will also add the discrimination found in your own culture and how academic professionalism is seen as being “white”. I went to a private high school and was seen as snobby and “white” because I did not use the street slang that my public school friends used when I was in a public setting. All these encounters have changed the way I look at society and my own culture. I think my story shows that discrimination can be found anywhere not just outside of your own culture.

song choice

speak clearly

spanish words


February 9, 2018

Free writing on essay #1

I think I would want to talk about my life as a first generation Chicana and the challenges that I have endured during my life. I could also take another approach and talk about my development as a musician and why music is important for the Mexican culture. I think I could also talk about the identity problem that affects many Latinx here in the U.S regarding the issue of being too “American”. There is a problem in latino communities of losing culture and language. Many latino parents stress their children to keep their culture alive and not adopt the full American culture of solely speaking English. Coming from a family of immigrants has also taught me many things that I might add to my audio essay. I could also talk about how my family achieved the “American Dream” that apparently never comes true. However, it is actually possible and it is the reason I am here today writing this free write at a university. Many people with the same background as me typically leave their academic career after high school and simply go off to work a 9-5. They do not strive for more. I have been referred as a snobby person just  because I went to a private jesuit high school.

February 7, 2018

In essay #1, I will have to provide meaningful insights about my cultural background and the challenges that I have faced. This essay will be an audio essay with music and sounds related to my story. I had an anthropology course last year and I had to make a youtube video about my cultural identity and challenges I faced as well, so I feel that this assignment will be fairly similar. I feel that the challenging aspect will be the editing process of the audio essay and adding music to the project. I plan on overcoming these challenges by researching tutorials. I feel that this essay will be one of the most creative essays that I have done so far.

February 5, 2018

This is a summary response to Brandi Chang’s thoughts. She demonstrates the harsh reality that Garnette Cadogan endured in the United States. She states how the U.S is hypocritical when it comes to matters of minority groups. She mentions how minority groups have been oppressed for many years and Cadogan’s experience is just one of many. Her response to “Scenes and Un-Scenes: Class Dismissed”, was that many people ignore the harsh treatment that minority groups face for being different. She mentions how people simply get distracted by the mass media and ignore the real issues of the U.S.

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