Students research animals on Chinese zodiac wheel based on their sign, and propose specific menus. Students forage campus to taste food. Discussion of complexity of animals in food chain and in laboratory experiments. Study based on decade-long collaboration between media artist/instructor and neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan.
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Thoughts on the Rabbit, Dragon, and Snake

I was reading about how the Chinese zodiac animals were sequenced. When the Jade Emperor decided he wanted twelve animals to be his guards, he set up a race to his Heavenly Gate. The order the animals arrived would represent their ranking. It was no surprise to me that the rabbit would be arrogant about his speed and considering the rabbit was making fun of the ox for being slow, the rabbit got his comeuppance for finishing after the ox.

Second Blog Post: Rabbits for Science? What about Dragons and Snakes?

            Moving on to the next three animals on the HOXZODIAC wheel, we begin with the rabbit. In Chinese culture, the rabbit represents the moon, some say because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit. Others say it’s because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics. This is not to mention that in Western Culture, the rabbit’s foot is considered lucky. Rabbits are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.

Hox Zodiac

Hi, My name is Arta. I have recently transferred from community college, and my major is Physiology. I am very excited to be part of this class because I like myth. The first session of the class made me even more interested. Relating people with a year and month they have borne in with the animals, and comparing the characteristic of the animal with the behavior of the people was very interesting for me.

First Blog Post: My Zodiac and the Rat, Ox, and Tiger

Hello everyone! I’m Iris, and I am a first-year psychology student at UCLA. I am interested in food studies because I care a lot about the issues surrounding body image and weight loss and diet culture. Maintaining a healthy relationship with your food and body is important for a good lifestyle, and I am trying to learn more about this field by taking this class.

First Blog

Hi guys! My name is Mehreen Uranious and I’m a first-year student majoring in Biology. I was born in October of 2002 so my Chinese zodiac is the Horse. I have actually never looked into Chinese zodiacs before and I am excited to learn more! Zodiac signs have always been of interest to me and it’s always fun to look at and compare personalities to what the zodiac falls under. In the last class, we learned about the rat, ox, and tiger.

The Chinese Zodiac- Tiger, Ox and Rat (Camille Blog Post 1)

Hello!  My name is Camille Sytko and I am a first year at UCLA studying Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics.  I was born in June of 2002 and so my Chinese Zodiac animal is the Horse.  I am very new to the Chinese Zodiac system and actually did not know my animal was a Horse until I looked it up for this class so I am excited to learn more!  I used the Hox Zodiac link to look into the foods that correlate with the horse sign and I was amazed to see how much correlation there tur

The Chinese Zodiac -Tiger, Ox, and Rat (Blog Post #1)

Hello, my name is Aimee Schevers and I am a fourth year American Literature and Culture major. My Chinese zodiac sign is the Tiger as I was born in 1998. The Tiger is a unique animal and after reading through the myths on the Hox Zodiac website I see that Tigers are often believed to be the incarnation of former sinners. I thought that was quite interesting as I had never heard that about Tigers before. 

The Chinese Zodiac—Dragon, Rat, Ox, and Tiger

Hello! My name is Edwin and I’m a third-year Art History major. I was born in 2000 and my Chinese zodiac sign is the Dragon. Reading through the personality traits associated with my zodiac sign was quite amusing since some of them were spot-on while others completely missed the mark. I definitely agree with the notion that dragons are idealists and perfectionists as I generally hold myself to a very high standard regardless of what I’m doing; however, I also do wonder how much of the latter is tied to genetics and/or to the environment in which I was brought up.