A Doll’s House Pre-Reading

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Politics Reflection

My total political bias was 0%. The reason may be that I do not participate in real-world politics and that my political beliefs do not directly influence politics. For the political compass test results, it was interesting to compare my results from 3 years ago. I do not remember the exact coordinates of my political compass, but the section that I land on is identical.

Being political means that there is an involvement of political decisions, and there is a presence of political participation. I do not consider myself to be political because although I may have political beliefs, I cannot legally participate in any politics and have an influence in the current state of politics (by voting or running for office).

Being political has another connotative meaning as well. When someone says, “You’re political,” I wouldn’t take the literal meaning of being “political” as defined previously. The state of being political is not limited to “political” activities in the real world, such as presidential elections. Rather, it may refer to the ability to influence other people’s behaviors by making a situation in which they can be manipulated. In this sense, there may be situations where it is necessary to be political. Everything has the potential to be political, whether they are aware of their political influence or not.

It is important to be aware of what is going on in politics because the citizens must identify whether the nation’s governance is aimed to protect the citizens or manipulate their power and exploit national power. The political issues that I think are currently the most important are issues regarding the investigative power of prosecutors and police in South Korea and the prosecution reform.

Gordon Parks Photo Annotation

The Restraints:  Open and Hidden

TOK Semester 1 Reflection

During the first semester, we considered knowledge questions related to “Knowledge and the Knower” and “Knowledge and Technology.”  Looking back, what learning engagements stand out to you the most and why?  

The learning engagement that stood out to me the most was the different stations when exploring the different ways of knowing. This allowed me to experience all different ways of knowing and how it influenced me as an individual.

In what ways, if any, has your perspective shifted as a result of your participation in this course so far?

I had more opportunities to think about the way I think and how I acquired certain knowledge through different means. It was also interesting to consider the types of information that could be gained from different ways of knowing. Also, I became more aware of how I acquire knowledge and the different influences of media with the development of technology.

Looking ahead to the exhibition requirement, what do you want to keep in mind? 

I want to keep in mind that the two options are politics and technology. During class discussions, I would like to keep considering which of the two areas would have possible connections to a certain object.

Thinking back on the writing you have done so far in the course, what can you do to continue to hone your skills? 

Most of the feedback that I received was that I needed deeper analysis and more examples to strengthen my argument. I also realized that I needed to address possible questions that may be arising from reading my work.


Reflecting on Semester 1

American Born Chinese influenced me to think about my culture and identity more in-depth. After living in many countries, I developed an unconscious prejudice about my culture, and I did not appreciate my home country’s culture as it was really different from what I was experiencing and learning at school. After studying American Born Chinese, it became clear that I had somewhat similar thoughts as Jin in terms of identity and cultural appreciation and underwent similar processes as he did.

In the first semester, I familiarized myself with various text types such as Film, Graphic novels, Op-eds, and posters. After completing a semester, I learned the different characteristics and widely used techniques of each text type. Thus I am capable of identifying the key techniques and the focus of a specific text type. I think my writing skills developed in terms of organization, but I still think that there should be improvements in analyzing unseen texts. I think my speaking skills improved because practicing the mini-presentations in class made me more comfortable presenting my analysis of works. I think the mini-presentations helped me develop the skills for answering the impromptu questions in the IO. The area for further improvement would be the depth of analysis. During the end of the semester, I had to analyze a lot of activities from the spot and create an outline for the Paper 1. I have finished analyzing and creating an outline in time, but I thought my analysis needed more in-depth analysis so that I could write a stronger analysis.

Of the five Approaches to Learning skills from IB, I have demonstrated the most communication skills growth. Interactive class activities helped me gain insight from my classmates and allowed me to consider a broader range of perspectives in terms of analysis. I still need to work on my self-management skills as I think that I should be more responsible and organized with the non-literary works and literary works that I am studying. Of the IB learner profile, I think I have demonstrated the most growth in the knowledge aspect because I have got to think more about the global significance of works. The goals that I would like to set are to be more organized and look at the big picture of both literary and non-literary works.

Baby Oral Reflection

The global issue that I have focused on was the objectification of women, and the extract that I have chosen was from pages 87 to 88 in American Born Chinese. The techniques that I have focused on were characterization and visual representation. During the baby oral, I was able to speak well with few pauses, but I still need to improve on my organization as I have improvised most of my words rather than looking at the bullet points that I have prepared. I eventually mentioned all my points from the Q&A section, but I think it would be better if I could look at my bullet points. Also, my oral would have been better if I could have smoother transitions and connect more with the whole text and the specific extract. I will have more practice, and I will try to look at my bullet points when I am talking.

Listening to Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN

What do these songs seem to be about?

The different songs in the album all have different messages, but I think the whole album is connected with a general theme of his life and story.

What makes these songs unique?

I think the sound techniques make the songs unique. Although the sound is mono most of the time, there are times when the sound is stereo. I think the purpose of this is to have emphasis. It was also interesting to notice that his tone changed depending on what message he was trying to convey to the audience. For example, his tone in ‘HUMBLE.’ was different from his tone from “LOVE.” I think this may be because he aimed for a different mood in both songs. The language is also different depending on what message he was trying to convey to the audience. Generally, the most notable thing was the presence of profanity in the lyrics of songs.

What are some of the techniques that you notice recurring in the music?

He mainly employs the elements of trap, R&B, and pop. The beats have the elements and characteristics of old school trap beats, but they are slightly mixed with R&B, which gives a smoother delivery to the audience. In rap, the BPM is an important factor determining the delivery, mood, and genre of rap that one can do. For DAMN, the average beat per minute is 103 BPM, with the slowest and fastest tempos being 69 and 170 BPM. The big difference indicates different genres of raps and different messages that Lamar was aiming to convey in the album.

Which song do you like the best and why?

I like ‘LOVE.’ the most because it is relaxing and gives a positive vibe. The song provides a sense of nostalgia as it reminded me of my freshman year when I had more time to spend with my friends.

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What tools did they use when they were going to school to learn and/or to produce knowledge?

I have interviewed my father about the tools he used when he was going to school to learn or to produce knowledge. He answered my question with obvious classics–books, pencils, and textbooks. These items are still widely used nowadays but I usually use my iPad to take my notes and save PDF textbooks for my classes. Since the iPad replaces all of my textbooks, pencils, and notebooks, I find it more convenient.

If I have any questions, I would type my question to google but my dad acquired knowledge by asking his teacher. It depends on the context, but I normally ask simple questions to Google before asking someone else. This implies that the creation of the internet enabled our access to various answers and perspectives regarding an issue. Now that we can search for various information, we can verify a statement to see if it is true, false, or dependent.

I asked were there any TVs or media that presented knowledge to the public and Dad said that there were only two channels on the TV; KBS and MBC. He added that SBS was created more recently. Nowadays, it is common to see more than 500 channels on TVs. Development in technology did improve our access to more information but also more bias. As more bias is presented, we have more options to conform to one of the biases.

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