My Capstone: Using our voices to equalise China.

My Capstone documentary: “Equalise China”

 

I’ve learned that although it seems like the world has evolved towards gender equality a lot, there is still so much more steps to be taken to actually reach gender equality. I have improved my collaboration skills while working on my documentary film. Whether it be communicating with my partner about ideas or interviewing adults and students for information. I had to understand that during interviews we are taking away time from others, and it really helped me work on my attitude towards people when I’m asking them for a favor. I want next year’s grade 8 students to know that the research process is the MOST important step of the Capstone project. You’ll have a week of time to research and please use it wisely. I procrastinated a bit and was behind everyone, and I caught up pretty fast but I could’ve avoided the stressfulness. Researching information will be the base of your project, so keep your pace, don’t fall behind and you’ll be fine. Good luck!

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MLA Works Cited:

“Monomer” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

“Polyester”  How Products Are Made. Advameg, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

“Polymer” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

“Polymerization” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

“Rayon” How Products Are Made. Advameg, n.d. Web. 20 Apr 2018.

One step closer to my Capstone: Gender Equality

 

An advertisement from the 50s portraying a gender stereotype based woman.

 

The global issue I would like to focus on for my capstone project is gender equality, specifically, female rights. I believe that both sexes should be treated equally both economically and socially. Something I learned from growing up is that females are mostly below men in society, and it really disappoints me.

A rough research question I came up for this issue is “How many Chinese women were unable to achieve their dream career because of the stereotypes their society had held for them?”. My edited research question is “What are the effects of gender stereotypes on Chinese women in the workforce”.

Even though I am mostly confident about my project, I still have some fears for this journey. I am conscious of the fact that not everyone agrees with the ideas of gender equality. Whilst the minds of Chinese people had been accepting the idea of gender equality gradually, some of the older generations still go against to it. I just hope they would listen to my voice.

I am hoping to gain a lot of things from this project. I really hope I could raise awareness to my society about how awful gender stereotypes are and their horrible consequences. I would really want to gain more knowledge about issues happening in our world because although I learned the concepts of all these issues, they still seem so far away from me because I haven’t been personally affected by it. This project would allow me to dive deep into a world issue I am really interested in, and expand my knowledge on it.

The ultimate message I want to send about this social issue is that everyone has to be aware of the fact of how many female geniuses the society has neglected and wasted because of foolish stereotypes. Only with an open-minded heart are we supposed to move forward into a brighter future. Those females all might have the solution to a lot of world issues we’re having, but first, we need to start by giving them a chance. Chinese women are secondary to men when it comes to applying for a job, earning a promotion. The discrimination of Chinese women starts when they’re in universities, being banned from applying for certain departments. Let females be more than a reproducing tool, let all of them be able to become a scientist, engineer, CEO, professor, doctor, and so much more.

I would like to receive feedback from my peers on how I could improve my research question and make it better.

The Syrian revolution through the eyes of Abadi Lamar.

A frail and bony boy named Abadi Lamar loves surfing on the internet. He took in waves and waves of information every day. With a heart full of passion and righteousness he was always the quickest to support a cause he believed in. His endurance in really tough situations remains unknown, but his determined attitude does ensure him a dazzling future. One click on a news report on the web, a journey full of terror and realization unraveled for him. Join young Abadi as he ventures into the depths of the Syrian revolution by reading his private journal entries below.

The Assad regime is currently still in control of a large part of Syria to this very day. The Free Syrian Army is also still fighting for the freedom of the Syrians. The frequent battles in Syria had strongly affected the life of Syrian citizens. The deadly battles had made Syria too much of a dangerous place to live in so millions of them fled Syria and became refugees in European countries such as Germany and France. Once lively neighborhoods in towns and cities are now only a pile of abandoned wreckage because of all the missiles from Assad. The lands of Syria had become a battleground for Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, USA, the free Syrian armies, and Assad. The corruption of the government is now known by a lot more people over the internet because Syrians made their thoughts loud and clear. Although Syrians are now brave enough to fight for their own rights, the government’s censorship actually became more aggressive in the areas they own, and they will kill anyone who seemed to rebel. There are somehow positive changes, but with these positive changes came great costs.

“A revolution is not a bed of roses” -Fidel Castro. Click and learn about how the Syrians are fighting for their freedom

The Arab Spring revolution was a revolution started by citizens of  Arab countries (Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria etc.)  against their secular governments for a democratic government.  What sparked this revolution was by a Tunisian man called Mohammed Bouazizi who protested in front of his local municipal office for his confiscated car with self-immolation. Other Tunisians used Bouazizi as a reason to start a wave of protesting against their government. They had been sick of being suppressed by their government for a long time. At last, Their president Ben Ali resigned and fled Tunisia, their original government were replaced with a democratic government. Other citizens from countries such as Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Syria went after the Tunisian’s path, hoping to succeed like the Tunisians. These citizens are tired of being silenced, they are sick of their voice not being heard. They want to be able to vote for the leader they want, they want to have more human rights. These protests soon became a worldwide revolution with countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and USA joining in. Arab countries became a storm of chaos, it is still an ongoing conflict. The video we produced particularly focuses on the Syrian part of the revolution.

Below is the common craft video made by Kevin Ji, Archisha Singh, Tony Noh and I.  I hope you enjoy it and gain new knowledge about this conflict.

 

 

Always seek for speckles of light in the dark.

Book review for Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

 

A girl had all the odds against her, but she did not budge. Instead, she took a closer look and found a way to make these odds beneficial, and she succeeded. In the book Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, the author told us the story of a brave autistic warrior called Temple Grandin who fought for the rights of cows. The central idea of the Temple Grandin biography was that your weaknesses can become your strengths because there are always two sides to everything.

Autism had caused Temple to have some noticeable distinctions from ordinary people, it could be noted as her weakness. For example, when she was young she “didn’t hug her mother or father or hold out her arms to be picked up” (Montgomery 2). Temple was a stone cold child who couldn’t understand love. Adult Temple described her frequent childhood panic attacks as a scenario as “’Imagine the worst stage fright you ever had,’ she said, ‘but worse. It was like you would feel if you were locked in a room with a cobra’” (Montgomery 56). From her own describing of her memories, it is plain to see she had a miserable childhood. This was all because she couldn’t find her strengths in her weaknesses. As time passed, Temple found out that she had a special bond with animals. For example, she said that “’when I see someone squeeze an animal too hard in a squeeze chute, it makes me hurt all over’” (Montgomery 83). Her sensitivity and observance had once been a weakness because she couldn’t stand certain noises and sensations, but now it’s an advantage for her to design better types of equipment for farm animals. When Temple visited farms to investigate the living conditions for cattle, she was treated horribly by other farmers, but because “she hadn’t yet learned to read human faces and postures, so she had no idea these people didn’t like her” (Montgomery 82). So, this trait of autism, which is minimum social skills, actually gave her the gift of an unshakable confidence. Confidence and sensitivity was not the only strength Autism gave her. Temple’s strong fixation, one of the hallmarks of autism, was once considered a flaw by past psychologists she had met,  but now people “has seen her work seven days a week, sometimes for three months at a time, without a single day off. ” (Montgomery 97). she had turned her focus on once throwing long tantrums to drawing up detailed plans to ensure the well-being of farm animals.

Autism was the “weakness” Temple had, but looking at the other side it also gave her strengths like fixation, observance of details, compassion, confidence, and determination.  The central idea of this biography is that your weaknesses can become your strengths because there are always two sides to everything, and Temple sure lived her life up to this concept.

 

MLA Citations:

Montgomery, Sy.Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. USA :HMH Books for Young Readers. 2012. Book.

 

It’s hard to keep a pet pig when your father’s a butcher – Interview of Young Robert Peck

The novel I chose for my independent reading book is “A day no pigs would die” by Robert Newton Peck. The concept I used was showing internal conflict and the character making a decision. I think I conveyed it pretty well, I knew what I was doing and I picked some good quotes that showed the character’s opinions and emotions. The internal conflicts the character was having with himself was already very obvious in the book, and I made it even more obvious when I used it in my multimedia. I decided to use the format of an interview because I have never used this multimedia before. I also thought that it would make my message clearer by putting it in the questions I was asking. I used some interesting details too, for example the title of this interview newspaper basically sums up what the character was going through. The fonts I chose were kind of western and suits the place where this character is from, Vermont. All details in this piece are intentional, it either contributes to the character himself or to his internal conflicts.

MLA Works Cited:
Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die. W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library, 1994.
Fotomuseum, Netherlands. “Rotterdam.” Nederlands Fotomuseum, www.nederlandsfotomuseum.nl/.