Author: ryan.quon (page 2 of 4)


(Note: I’m using “they” for Sasha because they are agender.)

Book Rating: 4/5

Presentation Paragraph

The 57 Bus, a nonfiction book by Dashka Slater, explores the concepts of racism, sexism, and classism 8 years before, in Oakland Califonia. The book describes two adolescent boys, one white and one black, with separate identities from separate environments. On a fateful journey from the middle-class foothills towards the drug plagued lower-class communities. On that bus, that black boy’s fatal decision would shape their lives forever. One theme of this book is that people deserve more forgiveness and opportunities to change, capable people will learn from their mistakes.

Two reasons you should read this book are 1) The author incorporates big topics still prevalent today, like sexism, racism, and classism, with good detail and a compelling and emotional story. 2) The book is engaging and dramatic, with scenes immersing you into the text, making you want to read more and more. It’s an inspirational story that makes you feel emotional about life and friendship.

Something I learned during this unit is that rereading can be beneficial towards understanding central ideas and themes. It can help find deeper meaning in areas not focused on before. I need to reread pages of the book to explore deeper knowledge and understanding. `



This is a backpack pin that depicts a swimming Tentacool (Pokemon). It’s composed of felt and lead sowable wire, along with a battery holder and a red LED. I chose this because I used to play some Pokemon Ruby edition, which features the Tentacool, a squid octopus thing. I like the design of the Tentacool, because of its colourful and likeable appearance. The discarded the other designed because my first one, the Mickey Mouse, was too complex and had too many individual pieces. The second, the Lamp was too simple. The Tentacool came 3rd, and I liked it most because the design was just right, and the appearance was nice.

I had never sowed much before, only doing it occasionally to fix a pair of pants. Learning the techniques were hard, especially tying on and off. However, with enough practice, most skills can be done okay. I want to learn how to code into the LED and add more components.


For the Lord

The goals of the Christian missionaries were to convert foreign people and spread national customs. however, they led to the deprecation of native customs, and the Boxer Rebellion.

The missionaries of America arrived in China to deliver the kind word of god. This is shown in SQ 2, part B, paragraph 2, sentence 3, it states: “We live and die for the Lord and China. The way to the coast is not open. We have not heard anything from Peking for nearly two months, but the way to the Lord is open, thanks be to Him. Let not your hands fail and do not lose courage. What we sow shall bear fruit in its time.” This shows that the people of C&MA and C.I.M societies are truly devoted to the lord and are willing to create religious settlements in China. These missionaries are willing to live and die for the lord if that’s what is required to convert the people of China to Christianity. When American missionaries approached China, they were still accustomed to American customs and lifestyle. They have not adapted to their native environment or culture, so many of the products they used are still American. In SQ 2, part A, sentence 4, it states: “They essentially exemplified the American lifestyle. They used American products; they were people who believed that American products were the best products.” This shows that the missionaries that used these products were clearly not only devoted to their religion, but to their culture. Some sentimental items were probably carried during those journeys, and the culture of their nation followed in the trail. When missionaries arrived in the province of China, the missionaries opened them for religious and diplomatic reasons. Foreign traders then pursued those provinces, and making business, selling foreign products. This resulted in natives adopting the customs as well, being proselytized to Christianity, and abandoned their old traditions. On page 1 of SQ 2.5, paragraph 3, it states: “Traditionally, entire communities would come together during times of drought and pray to the gods and ancestors for rain. Those villagers who had converted to Christianity, however, refused to participate in the rituals.” This shows that the old traditions that villagers were accustomed to were deserted by those that converted to Christianity. Because they were proselytized, they believe in a new god, so naturally, they would renounce their previous faith. But also, in times of desperation, people will join another religion for personal survival and benefit. During the moment these missionaries emerged in China, droughts, and floods were occurring in Shandong, where the Boxer Rebellion first appeared. The Boxers believed they could be possessed by divine spirits, that supported the eradication of Foreign Influence in China. They performed Martial Arts, detested Christianity, and retaliated with blood towards foreigners and Christians after a 2-year drought that occurred. Because they practiced Buddhism and Confucian beliefs, they saw Christians as threats to their culture. In the letter of Rongzhang, he says: “All the chaos in Beijing is because of the horrible crime that the foreign soldiers did. They burned many Catholic churches and buildings built by the foreigners, and there are also countless Christian/Catholic devotees dying in the rebellion.” Although many Christians are being killed, Chinese individuals were spared because of their lacked contact with foreign influence. As stated in Rongzhang’s letter: “The towns and counties nearby are all safe. The business is going on as usual. You don’t need to worry about my safety. Me and everybody else (his relatives) are all well. We will go back to visit you after autumn.” This demonstrates that the Boxers are kind to the Chinese, although aggressive towards foreigners. This shows that they are killing foreigners for the purpose of shattering the foreign religions that are plaguing the Chinese lands and infuriating the Gods. They did this because, as stated before, the foreign religions were replacing the ones already present in China, so Boxers saw them as a threat to Chinese culture.













Pointless and Misunderstood

I believe the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they didn’t consider the consequences and acted upon impulse, killing people, and destroying buildings that could’ve been beneficial to Chinese development. To make a weak nation weaker is the worst decision.

During the siege of the Legation Quarter, the Boxers had targeted employees working in the Inspector Center of Customs. This included people like Robert Hart, who was beneficial to the development of Chinese technology. The Center of Customs elevated domestic trade, postal service, waterway, and harbor management. People like Robert made great strides in the translation of books, current events, and mail. The subject of translated books included law, science, and world history, topics that would assist Chinese growth. However, the Boxers would kill many of them, and people like Robert had to hide in the British Legation to remain safe.

This shows that the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they were imprudent and rash. The killing of these people would have detrimental effects, that hinder Chinese progress. The employees of the Center of Customs were essential to domestic trade and communication. Without them, China would remain underdeveloped. If Robert Hart was murdered, China would suffer, not foreigners. The Boxers should’ve considered the effects of their actions, and what consequences would occur.


When the Boxers detonated mines under the French Legation, it resulted in a massive fire that spread in all directions. The Boxers believed they had magic powers that control fire, that only burned foreign buildings. They were wrong, and the fire actually burned more Chinese than Foreign buildings. From 21 – 23 of June in 1900, the Hanlin Academy and Library were set aflame. In addition, the Boxers surrounded churches and embassies, which were raided. the Boxers proceeded to lay siege to the Legations, and many foreigners, missionaries, victims of previous sieges, and Chinese converts hid inside the British Legation for 55 days.

This demonstrates that the Boxers deserve a bad reputation, because can’t anticipate, and make horrible decisions. They don’t understand that events have consequences, and this characteristic of the Boxers harmed more Chinese than Foreigners during the fire. They didn’t put the foreign and native thoughts into consideration. They destroyed many valuable foreign and native buildings, including the Hanlin Academy, which contained many scholars and Chinese classics.






Helena the Social Media Influencer

A Midsummer Nights Dream, composed by William Shakespeare features a character named Helena. I decided to create a magazine cover of this character to give further detail on her attributes and personality.

Word Document In Midsummer Night

Beauty, Truth and Wisdom


Humanism was the essence of the Renaissance, involving a revival of Latin and Greek texts. It became a popular ideology that asserted human dignity and values. It expressed confidence in humanity’s predominance and shaping society and nature to their desire. As the Greek philosopher, Protagoras stated: “Man is the measure of all things”. Humanism derives from the Latin word humanitas, which meant humanity or cultivation of the mind. Renaissance-era people wanted education and knowledge to develop society. It meant exploration and innovation for Renaissance Humanists, and to understand the natural world and the universe behind it. Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan, and Rome adopted humanism and removed religion as a dominating force that spawned the Renaissance era. Humanists wanted unity of truth and wanted secularism.

We are blind


Theme CER final

Circuits and Me 1

Course Reflection

Describe your favorite circuit experience in the class to date and explain why it’s the best

I enjoyed making and decorating my paper circuit because it was challenging to maintain so many wires,  to four LEDs.

Describe a challenge that you’ve overcome already in this class:

To make a complicated wire system in a parallel circuit

a. what made it a challenge

Hard to maintain so many wires

b. what you tried that didn’t work

Smoothing out the wires

c. how you finally overcame it

Trying to press down the wires around the LEDs to get more contact.

Describe a difficulty you are currently having that you have not yet overcome.

Getting more contact with LEDs

a. what about it is challenging

I already built the circuit system, and to fix it, I would have to scrap the whole project. I should have smoothed out the wires in the beginning, and placed the LEDs on the wires, and not beneath them.

b. what have you tried so far

Pressing down the wires and smoothing out the circuit

c. what are your next steps to continue trying to overcome it

Restart the circuit, and place LEDs above the wires

Explain one aspect of the class you really like and why you like it (This means Miss Kim shouldn’t change it).

The Tinkercad experience was pretty good

Explain one aspect of the class you really dislike, why you dislike it, and how Miss Kim could change it to make it better.

Could be more complicated, and use a bigger variety of materials


Project Reflection

Describe your project: the theme, the circuit, what the LEDs represent

My E-card was made for cousins during Christmas. It is a parallel circuit, and the LEDs represent ornaments on the tree.

Include a picture or two (or three but no more) of your project here

Explain one aspect that you are happy with and why

How I challenged myself to make something bigger

Explain one aspect you would do differently, how and why

Take my time to smooth out the wires

The Grim Truth

“Last Kiss” Haiku


Passionate moments

Smiling and leaning forward

Grim truth recognized



A hearts affection

Fragile moments embraced

Cradling loves remnants



Intrinsic affairs

Approach the drifting tides

Lost without desire

The Last Kiss” is a short story written by Ralph Fletcher. The conflict in the story is external, and the main protagonist, Ralph Fletcher, is against his parents, the antagonist. Ralph begins his life given kisses before bed, provided every night: “This arrangement worked very well indeed and lasted through kindergarten, first grade,  and into second grade. It was such an intrinsic part of my childhood, like making my bed or saying my prayers, that I never bothered to question it.” However, as the story progresses, Ralph begins to lose connections with his father and mother. Kisses are no longer given by his father, and Ralph is shattered. In paragraph fourteen, he states: “It took several more nights, several more awkward tries, before the grim truth finally sunk in. I was too old to be kissed by my father. True, I could go to my mother and get a huge bearhug along with a kiss. But now that the smoothness of her cheek was not counterbalanced by my father’s fine sandpaper, ever her kisses felt different, not nearly so powerful, much more fragile. I would never again embrace her without some part of me wondering if I might not one day lose her kisses as well.” The moments that he thought would constantly happen, no longer do. The theme states that you should appreciate the moment, and value each second of it before it all goes away. In paragraph fourteen, he says that he wonders if someday he will lose his mother’s kisses as well, which shows that he has finally learned to appreciate each moment.  I have written three haikus about his conflict and the story’s theme. The first poem describes the moments he was in and then realizing that someday they won’t come to pass. The second poem describes his heart embracing those moments, ones that he didn’t realize were fragile until he was cradling those memories of the times he was kissed. The third poem describes a time when those affairs would occur perpetually. Although he didn’t know that his mother’s and father’s love was drifting away, a falling tide, leaving him lost and confused. In paragraph thirteen, he states: “I stood there a moment, while the fireflies pulsed in silence. I was eight years old. The thought my mind held was too large to formulate into a question, too vague to clearly recognize as a loss.” The artwork behind my poems is a wave, which represents the parents love coming in waves, and fading away like it never existed. The blue of the waves also represents his sadness, because I wanted to choose some colder colours, rather than the warmer coloured ones of waves during sunset.




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