Plastic World

Through the Capstone unit in Humanities this trimester, I have learned a lot about the social issues China and the world. It made me realize what kind of a society I’m living in. After learning about plastic pollution, I am more careful about plastic usage in my life, and knowing the consequences of plastic pollution and how it is affecting our world. In this unit, I really improved a lot on my communication skills. I interviewed a lot of people at different age ranges and with different backgrounds. Which helped me see the issue in different perspectives.

The future of Our Planet

There are so many social issues to face in modern society, and environmental pollution is all around us even though we may not notice it all the time. My focus for the capstone project is responsible consumption and production.

How much time do we have before the world dies in our own hands?

What is the effect of irresponsible production on global warming?

How much unnecessary natural resources are being wasted because of irresponsible production (such as over-packaging)?

What is stopping us from taking action to solve this issue?

I believe that responsible consumption and production may be the most common issue in our everyday life. It is very probable that this issue will eventually be the most influential social issue affecting the Chinese environment.

With a GDP of 11.2 trillion USD in 2016, China, being one of the fastest developing and most polluted countries in the world, should most definitely be aware of its environments and start protecting it. Factories and business owners should be more responsible for their production and not just the profit.

Plante earth is our one and only home, I fear that humans in the future generation will not be able to enjoy the beautiful world as it is today. It is up to us to decide the future. I hope to make people be aware of the seriousness of environmental protection and realize the importance of taking action through this project.

 

Life under the Sun

The Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution was one of the biggest and most influential events in the Chinese history. In these ten years, China was drenched in full revolutionary atmosphere, following chairman Mao Zedong’s guides in hope of achieving a better future for China. The people of China who strongly believed and supported their great leader attacked the old cultures, ideas, customs, and habits, destroying the old buildings and denouncing the bourgeois. As a result of these actions, many people’s lives were either drastically changed or lost due to everyone’s blindness from the reality.

Even so, many things still stayed the same no matter what. Some people from the Cultural Revolution generation still feared or supported the Chinese Communist Party today. Chairman Mao Zedong is to be admired and respected by all Chinese people and believed to be the greatest leader, tutor, and savior of China. Anyone that says no against Mao in China would be in big trouble. Although religious beliefs were vigorously opposed off during the revolution, many religions were restored after the revolution and continued to be propagated in modern life.

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The Red Era

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a huge event for China, It change many old cultures of the Chinese people and others’ opinions on China. It all began the man that started this whole event, the leader of China at the time — Chairman Mao Zedong. Due to his strong belief in Marxism and Communism, it changed many of the Chinese people’s lives. The entire country fell into a great 10-year-revolution, completely drenched in the ideas of Mao. Blood was shed, lives were lost. This radical event was no doubtably an immerse chaos. This video introduces the major events that happened during the Culture Revolution and how it had affected the country.

Desperate Ashes

Ashes; the left over dust and powder after the fire goes out. Dead and Black. It was how Frank McCourt described his mother’s life, hopeless, desperate and sad. Angela’s Ashes was a memoir of Frank McCourt’s childhood in Limerick, Ireland during 1930 – 49. The book was named after Frank’s mother — Angela Sheehan, who’s life, apart from the Frank’s childhood, was just like the ashes in a fire.

One of the accounts of Angela’s depressing life was her husband—Malachy McCourt. Being a Northern Irish Presbyterian, not only does he have a different religion than Angela’s family, he is also a very irresponsible father. “…your father is drinking the money for the baby… there isn’t a scrap of food in this house, not a lump of coal to start the fire, not a drop of milk for the baby’s bottle.” (Mcc 183-4) Even when he’s in England, “…Malachy McCourt is gone pure mad with the drink, that he squanders his wages in pubs all over Coventry, that he sings Irish rebel songs…Time after time Malachy drinks away his rent money and winds up sleeping in parks when the landlord throws him out.” (230-1) Frank’s Father spends almost any money he has on alcohol. Drinking pints and beer until he gets kicked out of the pubs. The father would come home drunk and singing Irish rebel songs and make his sons line up like soldiers to promise to die for Ireland. His addiction takes over his sense of responsibility, pulling him away from his family. He indulges himself in alcohol. When the drunk husband comes home, Angela avoided him by being silent, “Mam gets desperate and in the morning she has the bitter face andshe won’t talk to him[Dad].”(171) Sometimes, Angela would “…turn(s) toward[s] the dead ashes in the fire and suck(s) the last bit of goodness in the Woodbine butt…” (224) Facing her pathetic and idle husband, Angela doesn’t complain or get angry. It broke her heart when her family was falling apart bit by bit. No food, no heat, not clothes for her children and she had to go beg to sustain their lives. Still, Angela endured the pain and despair in consideration of her children. Afraid to hurt them or leave a scar on their delicate souls.

However, Angela’s life wasn’t always desperate and dull. She was once bright and full of joy. When she met Mr. Clohessy, he reminded Angela of her passionate youth. “You were a great dancer. Nights at the Wembley Hall, Angela, and the fish and chips after… We could have won competitions.” (167) Like a fire, Angela used to dance through the nights fervently. Burning the most beautiful sparks. She was the center of attention, the angel, a winner. Until she met the fate changing man of her life.

Angela’s Ashes introduced the sad dynamic life of Angela Sheehan after marrying to her husband and going through the tough pathetic years in Limerick begging for food to survive. She took care of  her children at the most difficult times even after their father left them. Angela Sheehan was a strong and independent woman and also a loving and responsible mother.

image citation: Azam, Taifur. “File:Ashes; Your Turn!.JPG.” Wikimedia Commons, 21 Jan. 2012, 12:18:20, commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ashes;_Your_Turn!.JPG.

Brave

This is a book cover that I’ve created of a book called The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas. the book tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, balancing her life between the poor turbulent neighbourhood and the fancy suburban prep school she attends, her life took a drastic turn after witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, by a white policeman. Starr is the only person who’s able to support and give Khalil justice over his actions. How did she react in a situation like this?

Throughout the book,  the word “brave” was repeated over and over again by other people around Starr, complimenting her of being very brave for standing up for Khalil and not giving up. Starr, however, didn’t think herself as the brave girl others’ said she is, but thinks of herself as a coward. After going though the different interviews and chaoses around the neighbourhood, Starr learned to face the society and fight back against the hate people are giving to Khalil from an interview with the police officer who shot him.

The Boxer Walk

I think the foreign missionaries didn’t deserve such bad reputation, because their objective was to bring their own product and religions into China, and making it a better nation by influencing them and improving their technology. In a way, the foreigners brought a positive impact to China, the Boxers, however, misunderstood their true purpose, seeing them as a threat to their own culture and nation, wanting to expel them from China through violence.

World of Peace

Under the silky moon light,

As the soft breaths call from

another land with cotton candy delight.

Quietly, under the soft blanket

Where the child lies, mind drifting through the peaceful night.

Such innocence and hope, held shut in the casket,

Unaware of the chaos and bloodcurdling sight outside…

 

Run! Run! Hurry to the safe house!

Cluttering footsteps rushing with fear;

Scream and panic mingled with gun gear clicking,

Once so subtle, now floods with the blood and tears

Of a million lives – homeless, hopeless…

 

Her soft weeping – enclosed by the cold dead arms

Of someone she once relied on.

The devil sings, with twisted tongue,

Accompanied by an alarming explosion,

She cries – anger burning at the top of her lungs

As ashes fly through the flesh red town;

Collapsed, like the pushed over building blocks.

 

The scene hunts me in the sleep

Like shrieking souls, clenching my skin;

Scorching voice begging for peace and vengeance…

If in some ferocious dream, you too could hear

The dreadful pleading, the bullets piercing

Through furious men, cold and apathetic,

My friend, you would not be so keen

On the modern society

For the world is not so peaceful

With bliss and luxury,

For the Lord is eminently a man of War.

 

I am proud of my figurative language used in the poem, they turned out to work great with my theme, the rhyme gave the poem some rhythm, so it was more vivid.

Image citation:  Russ Mills. “Byroglyphics Beauty in Chaos”. Between Mirror. Retrieved: Nov 24, 2017, http://www.betweenmirrors.com/2013/05/russ-mills-byroglyphics-beauty-in-chaos.html

Lightning Speed

Theft, poor grades, altercations, and a father in jail. The extraordinary life of Castle Cranshaw has made him the angry kid that always get into troubles. This summer, with his unique talent, he drastically changed his opinion on himself in Jason Reynolds‘ novel – Ghost.

“…You can’t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.” (Rey 155) Through witnessing his own father shooting at his wife and their son, it left a dark hole in Castle’s heart and mind, until one summer afternoon, his casual encounter with the “Defenders” track team and Coach changed his opinion on running. Running was Castle’s “crazy” natural talent, with a nickname he gave himself called “Ghost”, he was no doubt the fastest kid in the team. After knowing all of the team crews’ story of why they’re running, Castle got to know everybody better, it also changed his opinion on running. Coach tells him that no one can run away from who they are, but the true purpose is to run toward who they want to be. The postcard that I made above showed Castle’s feeling after all the track training with Coach and how the events had changed him, how he embraced his anger, and finally found who he is and who he wants to be.

Accept your life and face the reality, be strong and run towards your dream.

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Hermia’s Dream

The magazine cover above shows the characterisation of Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I chose to write about this character because Hermia is in a despair situation where she has to decide to either die or to marry Demetrius – a man who she doesn’t love – to obey Egeus – her father’s – wish. I think there is a lot to say about Hermia’s situation and the theme would fit well with a magazine cover.