women shouldn’t

March 30, 2018

Photo citation:https://visualrhetoricatlakeforest.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/modern-womens-rights/

For this project I would focus on the topic of human rights. More specifically, on gender equality. I believe both sexes, man and woman should be treated equally in the society on all aspects. This problem has been exposed to the public for a long time yet there are still many signs that it hasn’t been solved. Gender equality led to many other problem such as uneven ratio of man to woman. Gender equality is a problem deserves global attention and is one of the top crisis to solve.

Research questions

-What are some things woman can do to break gender stereotypes?

-What is stopping us from achieving gender equality?

-What are some things in our daily lives that are examples of gender inequality?

-How much time would it take?

-How much woman suffer from gender inequality?

-What are the top countries that have this problem?

-What is our next step?

 

Although I am mostly confident on selecting gender equality as my project, I still have some worries. From what I have seen, China has became more and more acceptable for the idea of gender equality, at least for the younger generations. For some elders it is hard to adapt to this idea since they grew up in an environment which adores boys way more than girls. As for other countries, I believe their situation would be somewhere similar to China’s. I could only wish that there are more of those who are willing to accept the idea.

I hope to gain more knowledge about gender equality as i work through the project because for now I only have a vague understanding of China’s view, in terms for other countries I need to research to find their sides to the problem. Further more, it would be my pleasure to raise more awareness even if it’s just within my community.

The ultimate message I want to pass on to my peers is that gender inequality is within our daily lives, this problem can have a negative effect on a person, a country and even the world. Don’t let some stereotype

Notes:

Both men and woman are expected to stay in an invisible box that are full with typical things their gender should do daily. If one dares to

 

China’s tribute

March 20, 2018

 

I am Mao Zedong – the man who led China out of its looping misery, the most influential leader of China, and the nightmare for some people. I started the cultural revolution which changed billions of lives.

It had come to me today that the “great” revolution that lasted for ten years had come to its end, now that Mao is dead. Ten years, from a naïve girl to a mature woman, I’ve experience so much. I thought this was it, this revolution was what I needed to propel forward in life, even thought so for the country. I’ve traded my youth for tortures to myself, torture of having no freedom…

 

Despite of the changes from the cultural revolution, I believe most things stayed the same after ten years. Mao was still the leader after the revolution,

Dark and white chocolate

March 6, 2018

 

Chocolate hasn’t been the world’s favorite sweet all the time, “Chocolate has been used as a comfort, a treat, a cure, a form of money, and even a sacred symbol for thousands of years.” (Frydenborg, 1). Chocolate, a non-fiction book written by Kay Frydenborg is an interesting read about the sweet science and the dark secrets of the popular sweet – chocolate. This book reveals its complex and even somehow dark past. The motif and the central idea of this book is that there are always more underneath something you call ordinary, and that we shouldn’t take everything for granted.

“Candy, food, or medicine? Weapon, money, or treat?”(Frydenborg, 2) The author then answered the question herself with the next few paragraphs and the answer being, all of them. Chocolate can be nerve calming, it can also pick up conflicts. From street protests by children to tension between races due to the usage of slavery during the making of chocolate. Further more, there were wars starting just to fight over chocolate’s key ingredient- coco beans during its lack. With red eyes and strong desires, all sorts of people reached for a piece of this addictive sweat for a simple reason, everyone else wanted a piece of it. Therefore, whoever holds it also holds power. This idea was propelling the chocolate industry and making the sweat even more well-known.

“sweet science and the dark secrets” (Frydengog, 125) This wasn’t what this book was all about, I believe it is also saying something about humanity. Next time you tear open a chocolate wrapping, just take a second to appreciate its easy access, because it wasn’t always like this. This book talks about both the dark past of chocolate and its bright future. When you think about it enough, both are sweet within. Just like dark and white chocolate.

 

Image credit:

“Melted Chocolate Dripping.” Dreamstime, www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/melted-chocolate-dripping.html.

 

Lost children

December 11, 2017

This thinglink is made based on the book The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. In the book, the setting is a great influence on the mood, the picture above shows two settings that were brought up the most. The setting in the book is always gloomy and sad of some sort, it also gives the reader a misty, mysterious feel. These settings really fits with what the author is trying to pass through, they also combines with the text really well. For this thinglink, I chose two key settings and added a fog png effect to show the mood.

 

Photo credit:

“Go White Water Crafting.” Pinterest, www.pinterest.com/mellingtonbrown/tumblr/?lp=true.

“Rock Stair.” Pinterest, www.pinterest.com/pin/491947959266594004/?lp=true.

There are a lot of drugs now days in the market and society that could damage you, mentally and physically and sometimes could even cause death, especially those ones that have “diet pills” signs on them. Those drugs are easy to get, and does indeed help you lose weight at the start, and that’s why they are so dangerous and scary. A lot of teens that are not satisfied with their body image often tries to find outside forces to help them achieve their perfect vision of them-selves. And with that in mind, they would abuse the drug and use it incorrectly, which, like I said in the start, could cause depression, anorexia, and other severe sicknesses. And all of this is because their longing towards beauty and perfection. You can be beautiful in any way, but perfection does not exist.

Mice

November 23, 2017

Society sickness

Living in the dark, yet we see too much light.
Laying on your feathery beds, rotting.
Just cover that stinging smell with more rays of aroma,
Or your crimes with false laughter and cheap drama.
Spiritless bodies roaming on every street,
All on a search for a point.
Blinded, by the shades of black
And deaf, by the whispers of adults’ weeping.
Air, shells, bubbles.
Talent, purpose, dreams, wasted.

Waking up in every next yesterday,
Trenching to the exact same routines,
Check offers, cry over, getting stuck between.
Again and again like the piles of papers I’ve handed in,
all those lines I’ve sat through
and all the desperate prayers I’ve said.
At the very end of this tough road,
Truth was being exposed in the air, pealed.
With all the sweat, tears, and time given up,
I’m still missing a purpose,
A chance,
A person to work for,
A place to earn, to be.
Like baby just arrived to earth sometimes I feel,
Since being connected is the one thing I could never steal.

I’ve given up.
But tell me why I still linger around these fancy shops?
Why do I still have hatred among people whom I could never be?
Why do I feel hurt seeing my old mother crippling across our house that is so small and cold
that the two of us needs to huddle over so many nights.
Why do I still have this tickling feel when I spot a chance?
Could it be that, I still have hope?

Searching, digging through the trash can of society like mice,
I spotted a fragile, almost ripped-apart piece of paper with text
Dancing and waving at me in the blows of wind.
But I had no time to appreciate,
It was slipping away from the corner of the city wall, my fingertip.
Quick, I thought.
As I ran, followed, fetched, grabbed, crumbles that message of hope.

All sort of thoughts that were too far away from me starts appearing
Proper job, stable income, proud mother, compliments from the neighborhood.
Those things were unreachable and my only wishes.
And now all I had to do was to open the paper in my hand which they call “employment advertisement” and things would finally fall to their places.
My world dazzles with joy as I un-crumble the brightly colored poster.
Every part of me held tight, my finger slightly shivering, pupil brightening.
There was a phone number and an address I could interview for.
But there’s one thing which sets this from all other flyers.
They were seeking partners instead of workers,
Finding instead of waiting,
Just like the decision I was forced to make.
Perfect, I thought.
This woke the wishes I made so long ago, but then abandoned because of fear, weakness, and the fear of weakness.
Those long lost wishes are,
Ambition, Pride, and a bright future.

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Photo credit: Me

Reflection:

This poem is original and was inspired by a quick thought. I’m pretty proud about the concept about the poem since writing about a job society problem was not that easy, however I could definitely work harder to make it more story-like and flows better. Over all, I felt confident about this assignment but there are a lot of things I would like to improve on if I had another chance.

The movie poster above is made based on the book Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

I chose to create a movie poster based on the theme that has been repeated through out the book for this muti-media bog post because I find movie posters to be the easiest way to express my understandings for this book, everything I want to tell is in this one image. Unlike other options, movie posters are appealing, straightforward, meaningful and easy to read. The background of the movie poster is a picture that I took of a toy casting shadows on a dark wall inferring about children, sadness and darkness. The images in front (scratch marks, basketball…) Is to emphasize the two sides of the protagonist’s life, light and dark. There are no specific symbols that  I want the audience to feel or notice, everyone can have their own perspective to this.

Credit:

photo: myself

app: cutie

The magazine cover above shows the characterization of Hermia from Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. If you never read this book you would be as confused as I was when I first saw it. Since when do people need to escape from a library? And Mr. Lemoncello? This whole title is just weird. The way the covers were arranged made this book stand out even more, it was one of the most colorful and, although I don’t want to put it this way, but childish book I’ve ever seen in a high school library. And If you only read a few pages of the book, you would guess the context is in coordination to what the book looks like on the outside. But if you read the whole story in depth, you would figure though it is, without a doubt, a story about excitement, fun, and youth, those elements are just there to create opportunities for learning and that it’s a book that suits any age. I chose to write about how the events in the story is impacting the main character because I believe that everything in the book is there for a reason. For example, a quote can be there as foreshadowing, and a character may die because the plot needs him to. Due to this and many evidence in the book, I believe that the events and conflicts are there because they are ways the author is using to show the main character’s growth and what he learned, also what we should be learning. That is why I’m confident to say the protagonist of the story – Kyle developed throughout the book, and the events and conflict are the key elements that impacts him.

Kyle started as a simple boy that you can easily find in your neighborhood. That was how “ordinary” he was. Just like any other twelve years old boy, video game was a major part of his life, he rushes his homework on the bus to school, and gets excited whenever he’s given a chance to beat his older brothers. But as the story develops Kyle pushed himself to be much more mature in a short period of time. “Okay, we break it up four ways, the first and third rows are similar, I’ll do them “(Keeley 145) While trying to escape from a library built by a famous game designer all the twelve year olds except Kyle was stressed out and in despair when they came to a puzzle that needs to be solved within a minute. From the quote I can tell Kyle acts like a leader in the group of children. Instead of panicking with the others, he stood up, quickly analyzed the problem, assigned jobs, and was able to bring victory to his team. Throughout the book Kyle proved many times that “the game is never over till it’s over” (Lemoncello 40). This quote appeared so many times that it could count as a motif, it even links to the quote on top. Kyle has really grown from an irresponsible child to a leader everyone could count on.

Although Kyle ended up somewhat different than before, his good values stayed, for example being innocent and cheerful. The author is showing this by repeating the word “balloon” a few times at the start and last of the story after Kyle said he likes balloons. This technique of symbolism is commonly used by modern authors

In conclusion, with the help from others and himself, Kyle has developed himself in a positive way, but he still stayed the same in some categories and held some of his good qualities.

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Book title: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Author: Chris Grabenstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Pawn to Queen

August 25, 2017

Click on the gif. above to see it move

 

Flowers, cakes, metals, admirers, the champion and the hope. Those words all belongs to a simple Chinese born American girl named Waverly. The thing is, she is only eight. Waverly in the short story “Rules of the Game” written by Amy Tan, with interesting choices of character traits, makes a protagonist that is somewhat similar to me. Waverly is unlike most of the girls at her age, she is a girl with dependent opinions, she is overall determent, clever, kind and a quick learner; but she still possesses traits that a normal eight years old would.

 

Waverly can count as a typical American Chinese girl when it comes to her appearances. Throughout the passage it is clearly given that her style of clothing is nothing different than any other girls at her age. “My mother would twist and yank on my thick black hair until she had formed two wound pigtails…” (Tan,2) This sentence on page two shows she does not like the feeling of being dressed or doing anything “over the top”; it also implied that she had normal, long, black hair. This was a good method used by the author. Waverly would wear casual clothing and she did not care too much about her looks, instead she cares about something else that other girls at her age wouldn’t. Chess. Chess is what made Waverly stand out among all those other young girls. Through chess Waverly gained a lot and that includes bonds with the neighborhood. Waverly prefers to socialize and speak out her opinions instead of holding them back, this can be inferred throughout the book. “Want to play?” (Tan, 6) Beginning with this simple question, a man called Lao Po taught everything he knows to her, and Waverly, as herself said, “had become a better chess player.” (Tan 6). At this part, it could be inferred that Waverly is a very likable girl. As her-self said, the more tricks and strategy you know, the better you are at chess. And nobody would want to spill their secrets and knowledge about this game. What Lao Po did surprised me, he taught Waverly everything he knows about chess, Lao Po is not paid for this, instead, they don’t even know each other until Waverly asked that question. This made me wonder, what type of is Waverly that a stranger would want to spend his time to teach her something money can’t buy? It must be something Waverly is doing that impressed Lao Po, the way she acts, the way she talks or the way she thinks. I’m guessing it must be the determination and dedication that lays in Waverly’s young heart that touched him. Playing rounds and rounds of games with someone that’s so much better than her, is what Waverly would do every day to make sure she gets better. To prepare for the tournaments, she would practice even harder. While other girls are playing with dolls, Waverly is growing stronger in both chess skills and her whole self. The little girl, Waverly, is not so little after all.

 

Understanding the story and Waverly’s traits, I think I have at least one thing in common with her. Whenever I feel the desire to do something because I have passion for it, I just do it, and normally with determination. I admire Waverly for mainly one thing, she is ignoring the rules of the game of the world by doing something out of the box. And that is why Waverly is overall determent, clever, kind and a quick learner.

image credit: http://www.sohu.com/a/116801320_497814