As I step into my senior year in the University of Michigan, I have decided to follow my dreams and continue exploring my passions for food and people. I am Jenny and welcome to Sashimi and Rice. Growing up in a traditional Chinese family in Zambia, our news resources were quite restricted as my family only subscribed to one Chinese channel, CCTV-4 that have hourly news reports. I hated watching that because the news were not customizable and very repetitive. In addition, being in a developing country, our access to the Internet was also very limited, therefore, I really think that I have lived under the rock until right before I came to the US where Internet access became more available to us.
Since then, my media consumption has been largely dependent on the Internet. I never developed a habit of watching TV as I think that scheduling time to fit in TV is kind of ridiculous. The more mainstream news outlets that I follow are BBC and New York Times. Changes to my media consumption are mostly starting to use my iPhone more. For example, now I have BBC and NY Time phone apps that allows me to read whenever and wherever. Apart from general affairs, I am passionate about food and the Food and Beverage industry so I have Google alerts for desserts, bakeries, food, and restaurants that aggregate related news for me and pops into my inbox. I also follow food bloggers, recipe developers, and different food websites such as Pinch of Yum, Serious Eats and Bon Appetite Magazine.
Over the summer, I have decided to start systematically develop recipes of my own by trial and error. My Instagram is currently my biggest focus in terms of social media and news creation. I think it is a great platform for people who share similar interests by sharing #hashtags. I also believe that pictures tell a thousand words, and Instagram lets me do exactly that. You can follow my Instagram @jelloooojen . Most of the images I post are the food I make or pictures of food I eat.
My parents still live in Zambia and they still mostly rely on watching TV to get news that happen around the world and locally.
For this blog, I want to focus on how food bring people. More specifically, I want to explore the different kind of relationships people develop over food and why food is almost necessary for social gatherings. I think this topic is interesting because food culture is so big right now and there is a surge of foodies out there. Food is also always present during gatherings for professional or social purposes and I think that is also interesting to explore.