The Importance Of Spaces In Sydney

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The most enriching experiences in Sydney, I felt, were the pensive bits of alone time spent in commute. Whether it be walking, traveling by charter, or public transit, it seemed as if watching the the environment in an isolated metal space is a comparative observation. It gave me time to think about miscellaneous spaces in regards to our purposeful destination. I often jotted down sporadic thoughts in commute, and I thought it would be interesting to take a contextualized look at my thoughts in these spaces. It’s similar to filling in the missing pieces to get an accurate portrayal of a true experience in this coastal area of Australia.
Some of the most interesting interludes were those between the tours of Cambramatta and Newtown with our
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I wrote, “My mother used to by her tiny dried fish from the Hoa Binh market. Seeing the way in which the Asian community maintained their heritage through the avenue of food, must set such a precedent for other immigrant communities.” Paul told us that his father was a Vietnam veteran, and that he came to Australia through his white heritage. He noted, however, that immigrants he knew and his Sri Lankan relatives brought spices into the country to continue eating their own food. This reminded me of reading about the Chinese community in Savoring Gotham. They would come to Chinatown to find food for Cantonese dishes, and with the spread to white diners by the publicity of a prominent Chinese statesman, out of Chinatown flourished America’s first ethnic culinary fad. (Savoring Gotham) Ethnic eateries like the ones that stamped this Viet marketplace shaped the culture of the city of New York I noticed that foreign food not only influences colonialized lands with new cultures but they are symbols of the reclamation of heritage as opposed to assimilation. This Viet town seemed to be centered around the older generation’s tastes. I realized that I had had …show more content…
This way, I could reflect on how hard it was to make it up hill, and how slopes were a major geographical marker of the city, or that Darling Harbor was not only a cultural hub that was easy on the eyes, but a physical bridge between the business district and food production. I was walking back from the fish market which was quite proximal to the business district, and I noticed that food production is something a consumer such as myself could contact easily. It reminded me of Carolyn Steel concept in Hungry City of a hypothetical city where food production is integrated with city functions and where the people interact with how the food is produced. (Steel) Cities like Sydney and Tokyo have easier access to this concept because I noticed that coastal cities have cultures automatically attuned to fish. The fish market that supplies the major food buyers is also open to the public. In American culture, it’s not often seen that a food company, especially one that is privately owned, would have a food court at the bottom of of the premises. Alex, our guide, seemed to take pride in the amount of access the public has to seafood production and the amount of control that fisherman have over the product as opposed to the government or corporations. These spaces caused flashbacks of a picture of the plowing of Brazilian rainforests in Steel’s

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