The Proletarian Cultural Revolution

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The Red Scarf Girl

The Red Scarf Girl is a historical memoir written by Ji-li Jiang. This book tells her and her family’s experiences in the cultural revolution from 1966 to the fall of 1968. Due to the society at that time, Ji-li and her family had to face difficulties and accuse from other people. Towards the end, she finally realizes that her goals was no longer defining herself but rather the duty and responsibilities on her shoulder.

The author believes that duty is an important part of a family and country. “I had promised to take care of my family, and I would renew that promise every day. I could not give up or withdraw, no matter how hard life became. I would hide my tears and my fear for Mom and Grandma’s sake.” (89) Jiang Ji-li always feels a sense of duty to her family, her country, and herself. She was born in a society that is completely different. “You are different from your parents. You were born and raised in New China. You are a child of Chairman Mao. You can choose your own destiny: You can make a clean break with your parents and follow Chairman Mao, and have a bright future; or you can follow your parents, and then… you will not come to a good end.” (27) As the oldest child in her family, Ji-li Jiang was forced to make difficult choices between political prospects and her family after her father was arrested by the Chinese government.

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The Proletarian Cultural Revolution

The proletarian Cultural Revolution was a social and political movement in China from 1966 to 1976. It was initiated by Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, his goal was to guard Chinese communism by removing the remnants of capitalism and traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Mao Zedong thought on the leading ideology within the Party. The revolution marked Mao Zedong’s return to power after the failure of the Great Leap Forward. This movement has paralyzed China politically and greatly affected China’s economy and society.

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Robot petting zoo

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One piece of advice I would give a future student doing this project is to pay more attention on their robot coding and check for improvements to make it awesome.

Overall, I think this product was successful because it turns out really well with movements and sound. Though we faced some difficulties in the middle of the way, but the kids really did enjoyed it.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind is a non-fiction book written by Yuval Noah Harari. The themes of this book are vary, but two of the themes shared a higher percentage in this book than others: human society, and the relationship of happiness to meaningfulness.

In Sapiens, the author argues that humans are the most successful species in history, and human society is always superior than all kinds. One of the reasons for that is that the author believes success is where we can create and discuss abstract ideas. For example, the author believes that animals do not have concepts of things like human does, such as concepts like religion, freedom, or industry. “You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.”(p.138)

 Another theme in this book is the relationship of happiness to meaningfulness. The author talked about the distinction and connection between happiness and meaningfulness. Many of us look upon the Medieval Ages or the Ancient Greeks and wonder how they could possibly be happy with their way of life. However, it all comes down to meaningfulness – and just like all of the other themes, they change and evolve over time. Just like people during the Medieval Ages where they have found meaning in building a new church or reading their favorite scriptures, people nowadays find meaning in starting a new business or increasing one’s knowledge through education. “A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.”(p.364) All of these things make us all happy in our own way, and changing societies allow us to express that – which is why we have managed to progress so far on Earth.

Yuval Noah Harari see biology as setting the limits of possibility for human activity, and sees culture as shaping what happens within those bounds. Just like what it is said in the book: “History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.” (p.62)

 

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