Tag: Grade 8

My Trip to the Legation Quarter and The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer’s do not actually deserve a bad rap. In the treaties of Nanjing and Tianjin the Chinese were absolutely crushed by the foreigners. The conditions of the treaties that were imposed on the Chinese were that they had to pay 31 million pounds in compensation for the damages that had happened. British merchants could now trade at 5 new ports which were known as treaty ports. In addition after the end of these wars the British were now allowed to have free rein over the opium trade in china as they had made it legal now and they had their ambassadors set up in Beijing.

The boxers do not deserve to be labeled villains by history because they were fighting for what they believed in. These foreigners had just come in and beat up china horribly and enforced horrible treaties upon China that turned it into a formidable empire into a dog rummaging for scraps in a way. The effect of these horrible problems was that churches were appearing up all over china and where there had once been nothing besides from a village there was no churches and Chinese Christians which the boxers thought were Chinese who had strayed to far from Chinese tradition. While at the same time the drought in the province created even more resentment and to the Chinese provided something to blame the Christians for and if I was them I would do the same thing. The boxers were right to be angry, they governments of the west have thrown a massive amount of horrible and frankly humiliating terms through their victory in the opium wars. If someone had invaded your home and taken your stuff and then set up rules for you in your own house, wouldn’t you be mad? Therefore, I think that the boxers were justified in their actions and don’t actually deserve a bad rap like history usually gives them.












Ryan’s Exposition for Trash

Your trash, I’m trash, We’re all trash

The book I am reading is called Trash by Andy Mulligan and takes place in a poorer country and the main character Raphael lives inside of a dump in which everyday he has to look through the trash to see if he can find anything interesting to sell or use to buy food and drinks from the collected items. In this part of the book Raphael is just sorting through the trash looking for rare things like plastic or anything that might have been thrown in the trash. Then Raphael and his partner Gardo find this bag with a wallet inside and 1100 pesos which is the country’s currency and this bag will be the catapult of the story ahead and will define everything that Raphael will be put through.

The main character Raphael and Gardo lives inside a dumpsite, which they have to sort through every single day to find materials that are useful to people outside of the dump and they will pay for them so that people like Raphael and Gardo will be able to buy beers which is the drink that is sold and chicken and rice. There is not too much information on Raphael’s parents as they seem to have died and it is a topic of deep sadness within Raphael. Raphael lives with his aunt in the dumpsite along with his other cousins and sometimes with Gardo and his uncles.  A quote from the book to really summarize what the life Raphael lives is on the very first page on the book before the title inside of the book, “My name is Raphael Fernandez and I am a dumpsite boy. People say to me, “I guess you just never know what you’ll find, sifting through rubbish! Maybe one day you’ll find something nice.” This quote out of the gate just shows us how tough his life is and how the poor kid has to spend his entire life shifting through garbage and trash to look for something that may be worth something. On page 3 of chapter 1



To learn more about the book go to this site


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