"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Should you read this book?


By Albert Marrine

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames.  The factory was crowded.   One hundred forty-six people—mostly women—perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

This fire changed a lot of things. People began to realize the corruption of businesses and the people working there paid the price. Police were corrupt. Owners abused their power. But the people and workers continued to fight for what they think is right. Millionaires helped. Local 25 (Union) also helped. After all that, the working conditions changed for everyone in the united states, initiating these new laws that we take for granted today.

My top 2 reasons to read this book are:

-You learn a lot about historic events that change laws about working conditions

-Most of the things read in this book relate to real-life (current events) and maybe in the future too.

During this unit, I’ve learned how to organize my reading time better, and have better habits as a reader. I have also acquired more skills to find out the main ideas and themes in a book. Overall, this unit was interesting.

With Flesh and Blood So Cheap, by Albert Marrin is a chronicle of one of America’s worst tragedies. My review is in the following link: https://youtu.be/wPpUtL2CCDs

Jason Liao

Boxer Rebellion Thinglink



The Boxer rebellion was a bloody movement initiated to kill Christians and foreigners living in Beijing. It took place on the east of Tiananmen square. Geographically, that area has a canal river, that was used by the Indians to save the captive missionaries and help them to escape from the Boxer’s slaughter that happened during the rebellion. Nearbythe Christian Church was erected as a symbol of Christianity among the former legation quarter or the 11 foreign embassies that included UK, France, Germany, Japan, US, Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium and the Dutch. Nowadays it’s known as Dongjiaominxiang streetAfter China was defeated after the second opium war, foreign banks opened, as well as hospitals, and hotels started mushrooming. One of the most famous banks of that time, was the Yokohama Bank where unfortunately Japanese and German Diplomats were assassinated by boxer rebels. In the south of this area, lies the city wall as remembrance of the Chinese way of dealing with foreign threats. This historic place still plays a very important for the Chinese Politics. The importance of this place were the insurgent movement of the boxers. Nowadays it’s still important for Chinese politics and society. Although there are no more foreigners there, the Chinese Congressman gather and live in the nearby area.   


By Jason Liao




Humanism By Jason Liao

A Sound of Thunder CER

By Jason Liao

What do you think would happen if a company created a way to go back in the past? A way to hunt down prehistoric animals? Well, look no further than A sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. A sound of thunder is a science fiction story created by Ray Bradbury that is set in 2055. The main character, Eckels goes on a safari trip to the dinosaur age with a crew that he hired. During the trip, Eckels does something he shouldn’t do, and it shows in the present when everything has changed. The author wants to tell us that little things can make a big difference.”Eckels was reminded that “’A touch of the hand and this burning would, on the instant, beautifully reverse itself. Eckels remembered the wording in the advertisements to the letter.’” (Bradbury 23) This supports my claim because it plays an important role in the story, like a calm before the storm. This quote is at the beginning of the story, and it was a warning towards Eckels, who obviously didn’t give importance of this letter. As Eckels was skeptical about the effect of changing something in the past when he returned to 2055, he realized he committed a very big mistake as he mentions: ”’Not a little thing like that! Not a butterfly!’’ cried Eckels. It fell to the floor, an exquisite thing, a small thing that could upset balances and knock down a line of small dominoes and then big dominoes and then gigantic dominoes, all down the years across Time.” (Bradbury 451)This supports my claim because Eckels doesn’t care about the little things. He’s very reluctant to follow the signs and warnings throughout the story. In this piece of evidence he remains in disbelief that a butterfly could produce something as important as this. At the end of the story, his actions created consequences, and he ultimately died for it. ”Eckels moaned. He dropped to his knees. He scrabbled at the golden butterfly with shaking fingers. “’Can’t we,’” he pleaded to the world, to himself, to the officials, to the Machine, “’can’t we take it back, can’t we make it alive again? Can’t we start over? Can’t we—’”He did not move. Eyes shut, he waited, shivering. He heard Travis breathe loud in the room; he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder.” (Bradbury 463) This final piece of evidence shows that Eckels finally understands what he’s done, and now regrets not listening to the warnings. The consequences are fatal, and he pays for his mistakes. In conclusion, this story can give us a very important message. Things are linked together in a delicate way, and we need to go beyond ourselves and our own pride. Eckels is very stubborn, and doesn’t really care about his decisions up until he stumbles off the path. This message can also be seen as a way of life, because we need to take action of our responsibilities today, as they could have a big effect on our future.

‘Fish Cheeks’

Found Poem

I selected Fish Chicks as a Found poem as it presents a very common cultural topic. The conflict of the Found poem is external (Man Vs Society). We know it’s external because the female protagonist is affected by her Chinese cultural traditions that are different from the Americans, which creates at the same time an internal conflict on her because of the intense emotions that makes her think that the male protagonist will not like her. Her family realizes that she wanted to be an American but her mother reminded her that inside she must be always Chinese.

The poem shows the concept when it describes the dinner during Christmas eve and depicts the reaction of the guests, the parents and the female protagonist. The graphic design shows background image selected shows two flags torn apart as a representation of the internal conflict of the female protagonist who is Chinese, but fails to impress her American guests. I chose white color for the letters to improve the contrast with the black shaded text which I tried to adjust to the specific size and make it readable.

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If you want to revise the biography of the author scan the QR code below:

Reflection On CROC

I am most proud of how I managed to catch up with this project and the previous ones. I still don’t know how I did it, but I pulled through at the end. I really enjoyed making everything as well. I learned a lot in this class, and I would love to learn more.

2.I think this one is obvious for me. I would do all my assignments on time. I will be more responsible, not only from the end, but the beginning as well. If I had been more active with my work, things would have turned out a lot different.

3.That I am creative somehow. I made the most out of what I had inside my house and actually did a decent job with my work. When I first started this project, I had no idea what my animal was going to be. But after thinking for a while, sketching my ideas, I came up with a Crocodile, and I tried my best with it.

Robot Petting Zoo For G1-Plans

Ancient Greece Theathers

Don’t Label Me

I am a basketball player, a son, a dog owner, loves sports, loves movies, a book reader, shoe collector, hypebeast , gamer, loves to watch the NBA, meme lover, loves to go to the gym, watches movies, loves America, goes to America Restaurants, plays Xbox, watches the NFL, loves my parents, watches Marvel Movies, hates clowns, hates spiders, loves my family, plays NBA2k19 (NBA2K20 soon!), Inspired by Kobe Bryant, hates homework, hates cringe stuff, likes to play board games, don’t label me

Mesopotamia Day one reflection

Day One simulation Reflection 

(Ancient Mesopotamia) 

When I was in the group, I feel like my job was to kind of lead the team, I helped with the written language and laws, so I feel like I did a little bit of everything. 

We didn’t really decide, It was more of a “Who is the best at this?” and “Are you good at this?” kind of situation, but it worked out either way, so I’m glad. 

Our biggest accomplishment was that we built a catapult that destroyed the other civilizations.  They can call us unfair, but that’s what happened all those years ago.  No one wanted to give up their materials and it stayed that way, and look what happened. 

The weakest point as a civilization was us not really working together as well as we were supposed to.  We didn’t communicate as much as we expected so that’s that. 

If we did this activity again, I would help the others more and take more responsibility for the team.  Sometimes, I was messing around, so I will be more focused next time.

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