It has been almost a year since I was introduced to Gene Luen Yang’s book, “American Born Chinese” (or ABC for short). Today, I would like to re-explore the text, examining my thoughts through the perspective of a 21st century learner
As the year is coming to a close, I would like to present some of the highlights and lows of my year in this class! Continue reading Final Learning Portfolio Entry: Two Years of IB English
Attached in this link above is a .PDF file of my Learners profile. It includes the texts I have used for both my Orals and my Essay.
Literary: Carol Ann Duffy – “Originally” from the World’s Wife collection
Non-Literary: School of life article – “Why we need to create a home”
Text Examined: “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
Currently, I have finished the final episode of the Baron of Botox. As we come to a close, I have a better grasp and understanding of the circumstances surrounding his suicide and t
One of the most prominent techniques used in this podcast is the use of interview material to better understand Dr. Brandt’s life as a doctor. The interviews present Dr. Brandt under a primarily positive point of view as he checks up on his patients regularly and cares for them deeply. Additionally, there is discussion of depression and how this emotional behaviour may lead to signs of committing suicide. The addition of the music is a nice touch that brings out more emotion within the discussion of Dr. Brandt’s death and the follow-up with suicide and depression. With “songs” or music primarily being ambient, it provides some form of solitude for the audience as they soak in such morbid (yet helpful) information of depression and suicide.
After listening to this investigative journalism podcast, I am definitely more interested in this representation. I can definitely see myself listening to more in the future as they are a great way to increase my knowledge on specific subjects and to pass the time.
After listening to the Baron of Botox, I wondered where else plastic surgery was common. Upon further research, I realized that in South Korea, Plastic surgery had become a lucrative business, and became a highly important status symbol amongst Koreans as well as a part of beauty culture.
One of the reasons that makes South Korea is practically plastic surgery capital. One of the most important values that South Korean media has is on beauty. This creates a demand for plastic surgeons and allows for South Korean doctors to meet this demand. Plastic surgeons make tons of cash, which further spurs this demand and supply in South Korea.
After researching this, I produced a few questions to bring up in a discussion if there were any.
-How did plastic surgery become so common and became the norm for the South Korean people?
-Does undertaking the “needle” a sustainble life style for Korean citizens when taking surgery? (Economically, socially etc…)
-If plastic surgery were more common place in a non-Asian country and in the Western countries, what are some pros and cons?
As we progress further down the story, we are able to grasp a better understanding of Dr. Brandt’s personal life. Examining a few techniques in episode 7 and 8, we can see how effective the form of presentation as well as the usage of a podcast is to present the story. Continue reading Baron of Botox Analysis, Part 2
Recently, our class has decided to examine the baron of botox, examining the life and death of Dr. Brandt, his lifestyle, patients/clients.
To provide some context, Dr. Fredric Brandt was a health care, skin scare, surgeon that was well known amongst many people within the fashion industry. However, in 2015 he had commited suicide.
The baron of Botox is one of my first experiences with an investigative documentary podcast. Delving deep into the events that possibly had led to his suicide, the documentary makes several interesting connections and insights into his personal life. In my opinion, the content of the podcast provides several details that the media had actually missed out on. I believe that media nowadays focuses too quickly on surface details, such as the case of Dr. Brandt and the spread belief that his suicide was a result of a parody of himself in a show. While this is a possibility, Justine Harman provides an excellent summary and indepth analysis of Dr. Brandt’s life.
Harman implements several interviews that would otherwise make her credibility as an investigator moot. The personal interviews that she makes with individuals associated with Dr. Brandt provides significant leverage for herself, and provides a better understanding to the conditions, lifestyle and the work of Dr. Brandt himself, providing a secondary purpose of the audience being able to better sympathize with the work of Dr. Brandt and the overall perspective that Justine Harman is peddling to the audience.
Currently, we are moving towards the Chinese New Year Break. I would like to provide a couple of updates regarding what has happened in these past few weeks since we have returned from our break. Continue reading Upcoming Chinese New Year break
Hello! Welcome to a much more “normal” setting of my blog post. Today, I want to share with everyone my plans for the year and also try to predict what the new year has in store for me!
An ISB student has recently finished their mock exams for the first time. Consisting of two exams, one for his math and science class, the student claims that they are “stressed” even though they have finished their mocks. Further inquiries were met by hostilities and the student screaming “leave me alone! I want to go home and sleep for the rest of the break”. ISB news reporters were then immediately blocked by security.
Another student had commented on their experience, bemoaning their mock exam. The student displayed signs of LIGMA, a common disease that induces anxiety, self-doubt and stress. Such behavior was not limited to just this one student. Several others displayed similar symptoms of LIGMA. In serious cases, the disease may spread into its second stage called “BOFA”. Such a disease is rare, but can still be found within a population of students who had just completed their Mock examination. While ISB news reporters were unable to make contact with these students during this time, our hearts and mind go out to them and that they make a speedy recovery so that they can return to school in January and prepare for the real exams.