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Caps For the STONE- Capstone Project Intro

Posted by Alex W on Mar 30, 2018 in Humanites, Uncategorized

Is the society ready for rapid economic development?

After the reform and open policy of Deng Xiaoping, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has hugely benefited from modern technology advancement, with skyscrapers erected one by one like bamboo shoots, with railways and overpasses laid down like dragons crawling over the land. It is agreed by the general global community that the PRC has emerged successful in terms of national GDP.

 

However, “every action has an equal opposite reaction”, Newton’s Third Law not only works in physics. A society’s over speeding on economic development will cause the social system and policy lagging behind the economics.

In this seemingly developed world, governmental institutions are still chasing up. For example, the education style for elementary school and middle school still remains the same as 50 years ago in local schools. And the Gao-Kao, a one shot version of the SAT in China, has never been modified from its original version created in the 80s. A lagging governmental system will shape the government as a low productivity, corrupted, and unstable organizing system.

Besides from social system, values have also been misled, due to an inefficient system. Public discontent to the Japanese; discrimination on minority ethnic groups; a general pessimistic value due to rocketing house prices; and the uncontrolled nationalism behind the scenes. Originally used by Mao Zedong to gain influence, the publicity department has done quite a good job throughout the way, but with a chaotic governmental system, things change.

image sources:

http://investorsking.com/chinese-economy-sustains-growth-3q-expands-6-8/ Samed Olukaya 2017 oct 19th, Chinese economy;

https://gbtimes.com/birth-red-china Janne Soukas 2016 Sept 29th, The birth of red china

https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-Jinping-s-next-goal-Communist-Party-chairman-for-life Kastuji Nakazawa 2018 feb 27th, Xijinping’s next goal?

http://civilization.wikia.com/wiki/Forbidden_Palace_(Civ5)

 

 

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Dance of 1783-The Independence

Posted by Alex W on Mar 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

It was a frigid day, and the wind blew directly from the North. The man with his medals awaited in front of the white coasts of Dover and greeted the writer, “Call me Charlie, please, I want to live a peaceful life.”

The man concluded with how the war effected the world, as he sarcastically referred to the declaration of independence that “all men are ended equal. You see kid,” he said, “when the Americans seized their power, a new age has dawned- an age with no more permanent leader, a king appointed by the people but not their parents, a leader following requests of the people but not their minds. The old customs, will be strike downed one by one.” “Sir, the cops would be after you if you said this….” “That’s why call me Charlie.” The old man smiled.

Bibliography:

https://ok.ru/skertsosch/topic/66150415439106 Скерцо – (Scherzo)

 https://www.revolutionary-war.net/treaty-of-paris.html B. West

 
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JFK

Posted by Alex W on Mar 5, 2018 in Humanites

As an assassination of Donald Trump occurred, awareness of the murders of presidents or important figures in office has been raised . Many murders of US presidents still remain a debated topic right now. Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and our topic today-JFK. The assassination of JFK attracts lot of debating, some say it was plotted by the KKK, some say it was ordered by the free masons, and it still attracts a lot of attention, and so does this book called John.F.Kennedy by Howard S.Kaplan. JFK was a described as a famous president that greatly contributed into the development of the space program and the economy in this book.

In this book, the author uses a third person view and explores on  of the president on different people around JFK , generally a positive emotion to express the central idea that JFK is a president that actually contributed to the development of the United States. People like him, not because he “just has a beautiful wife” (Kaplan p85) as he claims, but also because of his huge efforts in the civil rights movement and space program. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was known to assist famous civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King Jr and to secretly send national guards patrol to protect African Americans from mobs as he made his speech in June 11th,”whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated” (p89) and used this ‘new frontier’ to promote the economy of the US, which has slowed to develop due to the cold war. Helping civil rights leaders during their hard times was not only just for the votes, but also for progress of development of the state’s economy and rights. Besides for internal issues, he also strived for international problems of the United States. After WW2, the iron curtain has caused tensions between the developed nations on militarization, political influence, and scientific progress. One of them, is the space race. JFK tries to solve the problems by peace and force throughout politics in south and scientific development so the US will launch the first man to the moon and to win the space race. And Apollo 11 delivered not only the first astronauts to land on the moon, but also the goals and hopes of the United States of America.

Overall, This book notes that JFK was an president that did not only care of being famous, but actually trying to make the nation better, and to even sacrifice their lives for them.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/604980/jfk-assassination-kennedy-clint-hill-witness-account-president-dallas

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Empire of The Rising Sun

Posted by Alex W on Dec 14, 2017 in Humanites

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Y3yVGLbjU

For this month’s multimedia post, I chose to use a movie trailer because it can show the setting in a very direct way. Instead of the original trailer which had a sad background music that is representing the theme, I chose to use an imperial-nationalist music that signifies the setting of east asia of that time of Japan and its aggression.

 

citations:

https://www.youtube.c om/watch? v=OT9HsNszYCI

https://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=047d2ixpW5

khttps://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=It6M_v7R_Fk

https://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=19UROAIbtlw

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Upcoming event- Depression #2

Posted by Alex W on Nov 23, 2017 in Humanites

      The New Style Depression   Alex Wan

Once the US got addicted to profit,

the economy seemed to go well.

But then debt continuously marches,

And the bank’s money had fell.

So when black Thursday was embarking,

We ran out of our minds.

And saw the desperateness in the bank clerk’s eyes.

 

And today this whole thing happened again

However, now it’s on me instead.

With many of my friends borrowing money that will never be handed back

As the same as them, I borrowed the cash

Ignoring the fact that the bank’s going to crash

Then when the bank fell,

The stock market was next

Drowning many with the stocks they bought themselves

And in the city we foraged for jobs like dogs

With the aroma of cash luring us

To a job- that will never be payed.

And then, with the money in my account slowly flowing away

With my comfortable life fading to gray

I have to sold out my house,

And walk to my work,

Living a miserable life,

Eating burgers, muttering, like a jerk.

I am proud of that I made a lot of progress of my creativity and my rhymes. During the process of making my poem, it made me think a lot about what it would be like during a future economic crisis to make my character realistic. I tried to create a character that has a fine life at the start, and dropping all the way down to “a miserable life” to warn people. Below is a link to the video of me presenting this poem.

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Think Outside Of The Box-The Boxer Rebellion

Posted by Alex W on Nov 20, 2017 in Humanites

My initial thoughts on the boxer rebellion was that the boxers were troublemakers that were primarily responsible for the war. The cultural differences caused many unnecessary casualties, including the boxer- friendly army, the kansu muslim forces killing both the ambassador of Japan (Akira Sugiyama) and the ambassador of Germany (Baran Von Ketteler), causing western countries and japan to send forces into China.

Akira Sugiyama                                                                                                     Baron Von Ketteler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m most curious about the motive of  Kansu muslim forces providing support to the boxers. Notice that the boxers themselves cannot have planned the two murderers by themselves. So who gave the Kansu army (甘军) the courage to do so? He himself was loyal to the empress, could it have been CiXi that was promoting the two for doing such thing? Notice that Cixi didn’t accuse Dong after Akira Sugiyama was murdered, in fact, based on evidence she actually rewarded Dong after the murder. However, Kettler’s assassination has nothing to do with this. At that time, Cixi ordered the chinese ambassadors to continue negotiating, showing that CiXi did not want war. So who was actually responsible for killing von Ketteler?

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Napoleon’s Treasure- Sharpe’s Revenge

Posted by Alex W on Oct 25, 2017 in Humanites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movie poster above shows the internal conflict of Richard Sharpe from Sharpe’s Revenge by Bernard Cornwell. I chose to make a movie poster with the painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres of Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne. During the novel, Sharpe had 2 choices: to either continue his career as a commander or to return to England and use the money they had pillaged to buy a house. However, in this story, Sharpe, firmly believed that to wait behind the front line is the behavior of a woman, simply did not consider the second choice at all during the first of the story. However, after seeing one and one of his comrades fall on the battlefield, he had thought of the choice he once sneered at. Soon, after the war, he was accused for stealing the treasure of Napoleon Bonaparte, and at the same time, his wife Jane had fell in love with another men and took all of his money. Sharpe was left lonely, broke, and instead of being the honorable sergeant, he is now the crooked thief of the mysterious treasure. No matter what happens next, he would probably live better if he chose the so called “coward’s life”, after all, scared of admitting he or she’s own cowardness is a kind of cowardness.

Young, Rebecca. “Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne.” Napoleon.org, Jan. 2017, www.napoleon.org/en/history-of-the-two-empires/paintings/napoleon-i-on-his-imperial-throne/.
“52079: Victorian Officers’ South Salopian Yeomanry Helm.” Edited by Heritage Auctions, LiveAuctioneers, Heritage Auctions, Aug. 2013, www.liveauctioneers.com/item/22346454_52079-victorian-officers-south-salopian-yeomanry-helm.
Miked87. “Richard Sharpe – When Sean Bean Actually Survived Something.” Richard Sharpe – When Sean Bean Actually Survived Something, Miked87, 23 Nov. 2012, imgur.com/gallery/vuvrj
http://www.core77.com/posts/27650/as-scotland-votes-for-independence-will-the-design-of-the-british-flag-change-27650
artenot. “Funny Cartoon Farmer.” 123RF Stock Photos, , 2015, www.123rf.com/photo_13429284_funny-cartoon-farmer.html.
Patrimonio, Aloysius. “French Military General Cartoon by Aloysius Patrimonio.” Fine Art America, , 8 Mar. 2014, fineartamerica.com/featured/french-military-general-cartoon-aloysius-patrimonio.html.

 

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Da Theseus Statement

Posted by Alex W on Oct 20, 2017 in Humanites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The magazine cover aboves shows the characterization of Theseus from Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I chose to make a magazine with Theseus on the front of the weekly news- magazine Time because I think that he is the leader of this story and based on previous stories, the symbol and representative of the people of Athens and the people’s view of things.

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Leonardo’s Shadow

Posted by Alex W on Sep 20, 2017 in Humanites

When the name “Leonardo Da Vinci” is mentioned, what do people commonly think of him? Things like ‘artist’ ‘sculptor’ ‘engineer’ and so on. In fact, I think that the reason you are reading this blog post is because of ‘Leonardo Da Vinci” but not me (except for the teacher who is doing the grading) Anyways, to understand the great Leonardo, I chose to read the book Leonardo’s shadow by Christopher Grey. The book shows Leonardo’s life in Milan and further on in the eye of his servant(imaginary). In the story, Leonardo changes and slowly becomes friendlier influenced by the servant.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HZ5V9rT96M

In this blog post we will assume that the servant actually existed and Leonardo Da Vinci actually changed because of the servant. (he was actually friendlier, but that was probably because the duke of Milan started to pay him the money required) As said before, Leonardo eventually became more amiable, influenced by his servant. The old wiser seems to be arrogant and mean at the first time, yelling things like “Good for nothing!” (Grey 21), but then, as the main character grows older and they experience an assassination, Leonardo seems to develop: more information exposed, more character developed, and finally, more respect towards the main character. It seems reasonable for us why his character changed: from a shortage of money, several plots and a annoying little servant that does not always obey orders, to luxurious economic status where he could focus on his creation and inventions rather than jobs along with a loyal young men who is very handy, and the most important, someone that he “‘could trust in'”(56).

Another factor of his change is that he tries to hide what he once arrogantly was showing off with.His magnificent talent did give him the fame he wanted, but also bought the danger of desire: city states wanted his military technique and wanted him to work for the city state in a long time, while others need his own talents to defend Leonardo’s own weapon. So what could the city states do? they can’t split Leonardo in pieces? Or can they? for example, if Leonardo is living in Florence, and he is inventing weapons and improving the city, while creating artwork for the medici family, other city states won’t be happy. so an ugly thought came up to the leaders of city states and papal states: if the great Leonardo da Vinci does not work for me, he would work for heaven. And that is probably why Leonardo started to use things like mirror writing and symbolism.

 


No matter how the old and wiser changed during the story, whether it was the kindness of little servant, or the gold from the duke, it is affirmative that the arrogant genius slowly became more chill and tries to hide his wisdom by using sophisticated ways that others couldn’t understand, as previously mentioned, Da Vinci’s codes.

 

 
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Could I Go To Lunch Now…..

Posted by Alex W on Sep 19, 2017 in 8-2 homeroom

9/11, 2017:

I think I did pretty well on critical thinking and creativity during the mentoring trip. I think I need to fit more into the environment or just bring a sleeping bag because we had dark red fluids on our bed. The trip was ok in whole. ( not done yet)

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