Deep, bidirectional family conversations are where family members express, listen to and understand each other’s inner thoughts with an open mindset. Such conversations can strengthen the comprehension and connection among family members, pass down cultural and family heritage further, and improve the cohesion and well-being of families and society. However, deep, bidirectional conversations are often neglected, especially in Chinese culture.

Such a lack is indiscernible to many people because they have been so used to hiding inner thoughts from their families that they find nothing wrong with it. Some are aware of the shortage, while the embarrassment comes right after they starting to enrich family conversations will mostly kill off their passion to continue. Focusing on the issue, the following paper documents the process of designing and experimenting a set of accessible, affordable tools to encourage deep, bidirectional conversations within Chinese family.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interpersonal communication--China--Interactive multimedia--Design; Families--China--Interactive multimedia--Design; Cooking--China--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Tim Wood

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos


RIT – Main Campus

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