Background Information… Eating shark fin soup in the marriage was concerned as the way of getting shark fin is rather cruel. People started to concern about : Is it really necessary to eat the shark fin in the wedding banquets? Is it really necessary to eat the shark fin in the wedding banquets?
Background Information… Importance of the sharks in the Eco-system Sharks – play an important role in the food chain. Help preventing the spread of diseases by eating some dead bodies. (information from WWF) How serious is the problem? Hong Kong is the biggest shark fin importing city, it had imported about 9000 tons of shark fin in 2009. The number of sharks hunted for their fins reaches 89 millions
Research Method Books and Newspaper Websites Questionnaire
Guiding Question: 1. Have the people concern about the environmental problem? 1. Have the people concern about the environmental problem? 2. what’s the meaning of eating shark fin? 2. what’s the meaning of eating shark fin? (In tradition China and modern China) (In tradition China and modern China) 3. What is the matter they consider before they eat shark fin? 3. What is the matter they consider before they eat shark fin? 4. Is there anything to replace shark fin? 4. Is there anything to replace shark fin? (Can the meaning still be preserved?) (Can the meaning still be preserved?)
Our Questionnaire Total respondents : 80 Duration : 31 st March – 28 th April (29 days) Aim : To know people’s attitude towards eating sharks fins soup in the wedding banquets To find out that whether eating shark fin soup is still necessary
1. Do you think shark fin soup is IMPORTANT in a marriage ( or other feast)? Conclusion: Most people think shark fin soup is not important in a marriage.
2. Why is shark fin important? (People who answer YES) Conclusion: The reasons that most people love having shark fins are diverse.
3. Why is shark fin NOT important? (People who answer NO) Conclusion: We can see that shark fin soup is not important because of the environment reason.
4. What do you think is the IMPORTANCE of the shark fin soup in a feast? Conclusion: Most people think that shark fin soup is only a dish.
Opinion Question 5. What is your feeling about sharks fin soup ?
Answers from respondents a kind of waste in different aspects don’t have much feeling as it is only a dish It can be replaced by using other dishes. It will be very cheap if there is no shark fin soup. Hunting sharks for their fins is cruel Won’t eat shark fins anymore Analysis : People do not care about the cultural meaning of serving shark fin soup as expected. People concern about the environmental quality rather than the Chinese tradition.
Conclusion More people think that shark fin soup is not important. Many people think that environmental problem is more important than showing off. People think that shark fins can be replaced by other food.
How can we strike a balance between traditional cultural practice and conserving the environment? Replace shark fin with vermicelli ( 粉絲 ) Shark fins don’t have taste at all. All its taste depends on the soup. Therefore, using glass noodle can have the same flavor with the shark fin. Vermicelli has a high nutritional value. It also facilitates digestion. Retrieved from
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