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For me, I would like to focus on the topic of poverty and how it can influence not just the individual’s life, but also society.

My research question would be: How can this growing inequality of wealth and income between the less wealthy rural areas and the more wealthy urban areas in China impact the individual as well as society?

My fear would be that high-quality research information may not be that easy to find and obtain.

with my social issue, I hope to send out the message that these inequalities between rural and urban areas and the wealth obtained can really affect one’s life and the lives of others around the person.

I would like to have feedback on whether or not my question is too broad or too focused and what I could do to make it better.

Meet George H Hutchins, a 17-year-old teenager from the rural towns in Britain. In his homeland he earned just enough money to keep his stomach satisfied, unlike many who lived around him, who were starving; however, the boy wanted more. He signed up to risk everything to sail across the sea, in hope of becoming wealthy and having a better life. Stepping on the new dirt, it was up to him to decide what his future would be like. Whether to forever be a dog under the king’s control even halfway across the world or to rebel against the supreme power of the world with his new brothers on this new land to become a brand new country. Read the journals below to find out!



The question behind every revolution is what changed and stayed the same. Quite honestly, pretty much everything stayed the same after the American revolution. Slavery was still in place in most areas and it became even more significant in the Southern states. Treatment of Native Americans mostly remained the same. They were often prosecuted and those who sided with the British had their villages burnt. Wealthy landowners and merchants still dominated society and politics. Women were also treated without much respect. Though women fought alongside men to bring freedom to the people, they were still treated without much importance and were thought of as purely housewives.

Even so, there were revolutionary things, such as the ideas. These ideas can be summed up in one of the sentences of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The idea of “all men are equal” was not initially shown as there were still slaves in use, but it, later on, presented itself in our American culture. The revolution also profoundly changed the economy. Before, if you were born poor, you were going to be poor. Now, you had the chance to work your way up and become wealthy. With this new country, all men were equal, all men worked their fair share and earned their own keep. With this idea, it not only profoundly shaped America, but it also began to mold revolutions and ideas for the rest of the world.


We may know of the many well-known events as the famous people that were developed over the American Revolution. Such as the battle of Yorktown, where the French and the Colonists corner the British at Yorktown and thus forcing them to surrender. Another event may be the battle of Concord and Lexington in which Paul Revere shouts “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” so that everyone knew that the British were coming. However, here is the catch, Paul Revere could not have said that because he was still British at the time. *Mind Blown* We might also know George Washington, the first president of the United States. All these events, and these famous people, all from the American Revolution, but what really caused this revolutionary revolution? What other contradictory to the common belief events happened? What did the colonists have to do to break free of the overbearing grasp of the mighty British? What changed and what stayed the same? Watch The American Revolution in Plain English right below by me (Edric), Miles, and Jennifer to find out!


Many of us claim that we have OCD. Whether that is because a circle is not drawn perfectly or a marker cap is misplaced onto a different marker. However, is OCD really just the incapability to look past misplaced markers and imperfect circles, or is it the need to jump off a building or run head first into a swarming group of cars? David Adams, an OCD patient for over twenty years uses his masterpiece A Life Lost in Thought to honestly try to help us understand the condition and the experiences that may come along. His goal is to simply let us comprehend that OCD is not just the need for perfection, it itself is a horror that lingers around the patient’s mind, and it is a fear that the patient cannot get rid of.


OCD is not just a disorder, although many might think it is. It is more like terror that goes on in a patient’s brain, like a nightmare that occurs over and over again. This terror and fear acts like an anchor on the patient’s life, dragging them down. At the very beginning of the novel, we are introduced to a strange girl named Bira. She was an OCD patient, and “she didn’t want to, but she found that to eat the wall was the only way to stop her thinking about it … By the time she was 17 years old, she had eaten eight square meters of the wall – more than half a ton of mud bricks” (Adam 1). To us, eating a wall may sound unbelievable and impossible, but to an OCD patient, that may the only way to stop their obsession. From this quote, we can see how terrifying the mind of a patient could be, and the constant horrors that go on in their brain. From this, we can understand how OCD is not just a disorder, and how it really like a reoccurring nightmare that you just cannot get rid of. On top of that, “People who live with OCD drag a metal sea anchor around. Obsession is a break, a source of drag, not a badge of creativity, a mark of genius or an inconvenient side effect of some greater function” (Adam 43). This quote proves to us that the results of OCD could be having to drag an anchor wherever you go. As a result of this drag on a patient’s life, there could be critical consequences that could affect every aspect of their academic life, career, or even further on. Additionally, it also shows us that it has absolutely no benefits, whether that is your creativity, your intelligence or what you will achieve later on. From these two quotes, we can conclude that OCD is not just a need for perfection that occurs every once in a while, it is more of a horror and a nightmare that drags down the patient and affects every aspect of their life.


We might assume that these reoccurring fears can be controlled by the patient and then thrown away. However, this is not the case. OCD is not something you can just resist and then get rid of: “to resist a compulsion with willpower alone is to hold back an avalanche by melting the snow with a candle. It just keeps coming and coming and coming” (Adam 203). It is pretty much impossible to stop an avalanche with a single candle, just like how it is quite impossible to resist OCD itself. Through this quote, we can understand that it is not probable to resist an OCD compulsion. A patient has no control over their thoughts and what goes on in their brain. The horrors that occur in their minds cannot be resisted, and they just keep coming, over and over and over again. This is also said in The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield, a book that I read earlier this year. It stated that OCD cannot be controlled: “the experience of OCD is feeling very much out of control of your mind. When you don’t see yourself as separate from your mind, you may feel as if you are doing whatever your mind is doing. That means you not only are being asked to cope with” (Hershfield 86).  We can understand from this quote that your mind has no power over the disorder, it cannot gain control nor can it try to resist the thoughts. All the brain can do is cope with the ideas flowing through and just follow along. With these two quotes two different books, we can clearly see that OCD is not a controllable disorder, it is the exact opposite, free from the patient’s grasp. The patient has absolutely no power over the compulsions and can only just allow them to just come and go.


Some may say that OCD is just a disorder and a need for everything to be perfect, but really, it is not. A reoccurring nightmare inside that patient’s brain that just keeps coming and coming and coming may be a better way to describe it. OCD is a fear, a terror, and a drag that will affect the patient’s life on every level; a drag that cannot be stopped or resisted. Many of us say that we OCD just because we care if the markers are capped correctly or if the circles are drawn beautifully, but rethink it, do we really have OCD?


Love is in the air…

December 11, 2017

I made these memes to portray the theme of love. Although these memes are not funny, at all. They display the effect of love throughout the book I Am Number Four by Picatus Lore. It shows how strong love is; how love can tear down the abnormally strong main character, John. It also shows how powerful love is; how love can last forever in someone’s heart. This theme of love occurs again and again in the story, whether that’s in the fight scenes, the school life, or even what happens at home. It takes an important role in the story, adding more emotion and color to the plot line. With these memes, I really tried to show this theme and how it affected the characters in small, but sweet ways.

To the 99% out there…

November 23, 2017


I actually took this photo myself! It is our fireplace at home.


To the 99% Out There

Edric Kan


Listening to the rattling sounds of leaves flapping against the wind,

Watching the sun’s rays reflect off the clean, white snow.

You could see your own breath as you waited, and waited,

In the snake-like line, wingding and turning through the snow.

We all lined up, in front of the pink store called round-a-bout,

Holding our old toys, outgrown shirts, and unused books,

We were ready to donate, to help those in need.


Oh, those were the good old days,

Where we tried our bests to help poverty’s struggles

It brings me grief,

Great grief, to say that

Now we stare at those people in disbelief.

We are all greedy now, as greedy as the Grinch who stole Christmas,


With that said,

Here’s A message to the 99% out there,


I think I can represent the 1% out here and say,


Sorry for not being able to save you.

Sorry that we were too caught on making ourselves wealthy

That we forgot that you weren’t healthy.

Sorry that we listened to those who said,

We could save poverty later, we were misled.

I hope that you could forgive us,

We just didn’t know exactly,

How important you are.

Like a disease untreated,

We did not know how bad your situation was,

Until you were completely depleted


I’m supposing that you think living in a house,

With a shower, sprinkling down drops of water at the temperature of the north pole

With lights, that flicker on and off without any control

I’m supposing that you consider that affluent

Back in our day, with conditions as malign,

You would be way below the poverty line

We considered a house wealthy

When it had a fireplace, a swimming pool, and a huge backyard

Oh, you don’t know what fireplaces are,

They’re great, they warm-up our houses like how the sun warms up our earth.

You could feel the warmth travel through your skin as you sit there

Telling mesmerizing stories, playing gratifying games

Meeting and socializing with people that you’ve never met anywhere

I’m sorry

So so sorry

To tell you that

we were so worried about our own wealth,

That 99% of our population cannot afford these fireplaces anymore.


So I’m sorry, so… Cut it

I’m not sorry

I just can’t understand or accept it

This error does not become a permanent mistake,


We as people,

Refuse to correct it.

It’s not too late to redirect this.

We just need to work together to do something.

Just like how a fireplace warms us,

We need to start warming our own hearts.

It’s time, to correct our issues,

And return to the way of helping that we once did.

Because if we don’t,

It will be truly, too late to save poverty.


This poem was actually inspired by the poem Dear future generations, which is a YouTube video. I took the poem and tried to take that format and add my own touch to it. I changed the content of the poem and changed the order of things. I was quite proud of how I flipped the time around, starting off with the past. I also felt like I prepared for my presentation quite well and memorized the entire poem. When I presented the poem, I really tried to put a lot of emotion and a lot of energy into my voice, and I think I did that quite well.

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The movie posters show the conflict between the protagonist which is in fact, J.D Vance himself, and the classes of his society, in the book Hillbilly Elegy. The main focus of these two movie posters was the man vs. society conflict that was present throughout the story. The conflict was how the protagonist struggled to thrive in the society that he grew up in. He was born into a poor community: growing up with drug addicts as parents, and living with a grandma who carried a loaded gun in her pocket at all times. Not knowing his place in the world, unable to find his identity as a person. Only knowing that he was in a less wealthy society, knowing that the strangers around him were his friends and family. He grew up struggling to push past the differences between his society and the wealthier society, believing that his choices had no impact whatsoever, yet he still tried his best to grasp control of his future. Although the struggle to succeed in his disadvantaged society may not be the most visible conflict, it is definitely a conflict that follows the protagonist throughout the novel.




The magazine cover above shows the characterization of Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I chose to use this design to show the appearance of Helena. I also tried to make the headlines stand out in order to show her personality and what others thought of her.  The colour contrast between the photo and the text was also one of my goals.