Informative Speech About Fortune Cookies

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Kate Husted Com 115 H12 October 1, 2017 Informative Speech Preparation Outline General Purpose: The general purpose of this speech is to inform. Specific Purpose: The specific purpose of this speech is to inform my audience about fortune cookies. Central Idea: Today we will review the history of fortune cookies, explore how the fortunes themselves have evolved, and reveal a simple recipe for making them. Introduction Attention Grabber: According to Jennifer Lee’s January 2008 New York Times article entitled “Solving a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside a Cookie”, 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year. If these fortunes are laid out end to end they would stretch from Colorado to China, 10 times (Lee, 2008). That’s 4.5 million cookies…show more content…
• The modern fortune cookie was developed in the United States in San Francisco California in the early to mid-1900’s. o Around this time was the beginning of World War II, causing the US sentiment to turn against Japanese Americans. o At this point Chinese business men and women in the US took advantage, claiming the cookie as their own, producing and selling them at Chinese restaurants. TRANSITION: That’s how the Chinese fortune cookie came to be, now let’s explore aspects of the fortunes themselves. Main Point 2: What are the fortunes of a typical fortune? • I used two sources for this main point, including articles written by travel blogger Chanel, and an article called What is “Omikuji”. o Travel blogger Chanel actually went to Japan, visited temple, and purchased a fortune in order to gain a better understanding of this aspect of Japanese culture. o The article called What is “Omikuji” was written for the July 2016 issue of the Japan Monthly Web Magazine. • The Japanese version of the fortune cookie also included a written fortune encased in the cookie. o The Japanese referred to fortunes cookies as Omikuji Senbei, which translates to written fortune cracker. o These fortunes are taken very seriously in Japan, they can cost 100 – 200 Yen. o They can still be found in Japan today at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. o The fortunes can range from extreme blessing to extreme curse. o Those who receive a bad luck

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