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

Javier’s Diary

This is a short historical journal I wrote after learning about the Cuban Revolution. We were all tasked to pick a revolution (Cuban, French, American, Chinese) and create a journal entry of a fictional character’s life during that certain revolution. We were also required to pick 3 major events of a revolution and explain them along with fictional ideas. I, in this case, chose the Cuban Revolution and decided to write a story about a Cuban man named Javier. In summary, Javier joins the M-26-7 rebel group and participates in multiple big and small battles in order to bring hope and fairness back into the disordered Cuban society. He faces both personal and social struggles throughout the story. The three major events I chose were 1.  attack on the Oriente Province 2. Battle of La Plata and 3. Castro’s corruption.

Hope you enjoy reading this!

The Deadly but Interesting Cuban Revolution

This is a short 5-minute video, explaining the basic timeline and changes/continuities of the Cuban Revolution. This video was part of the humanities assignment. We wrote all the scripts, drew the images, and edited the video.

My partner and I collaborated pretty well because we eventually finished the video in good quality. Even though we had different schedules, we managed to meet up on the weekend and record the script. We also used several different editing apps in order to add different sound effects and graphics. One obstacle we faced was the timing of the video (it was too long); however, we managed to shorten it through editing and re-recording. We also had different ideas during editing, but we talked through and eventually came up with a better idea.

“Please Come and Save Us!”- Trapped Book Review

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aaronson

The video above is a short book review of a book titled “Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert.” The video talks about the theme and a brief introduction to the book.

 

The book “Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert” is a historical nonfiction book written by an author named Marc Aaronson in  2011. “Trapped” depicts a vivid description of 33 miners who were trapped under the SanJosé mine for a total of 69 days (2010 Copiapó Mining Accident; also known as the Chilean Mining Accident). It also explains the rescue processes and many obstacles both miners and rescue teams faced. One most significant theme of this book is “cooperating as a team will eventually bring hope and success.”

Firstly, on page 36, a miner named Luis Urzua states, “We worked hard for our own rescue… Every light Pena turned on and every chore that each team completed tied them together, and gave them hope.” This quote exhibits how each and every man worked together as a united team when they were trapped below the mine. Cooperating as a team also bonded the miners together with the desire to be rescued. Additionally, on page 28, it states, “In each of their minds they were scared. But as a group, they were acting like people who will be rescued, who are preparing for rescue, who are building their own path to safety.” Even though the miners were in a harsh environment, they worked together as a team to gain hope. Eventually, after 69 days, on October 13, 2010, all miners were rescued.

I think everyone should read this book, “Trapped” because it really highlights the importance of cooperating as a team. It also teaches us how we should behave when we are in a similar situation as the 33 miners (when we are trapped underground or in a severe situation without any food or hope).

The main takeaway of this nonfiction unit is “reading nonfiction books correctly.” I also learned the importance of writing down good notes, making new connections, rereading confusing parts, and finding the correct theme.

 

 

 

Boxers Do Not Deserve a Bad Reputation

 

Boxer Rebellion CER Paragraph- Do the Boxers Deserve a Bad Rap?

The Boxer Rebellion was an uprising of the Boxers against foreigners in China. Chinese villagers of Shandong, known as Righteous and Harmonious Fists (Boxers), opposed to foreign missionaries and influences dominating Chinese territory and life. Thus, they rebelled and came up with a secret campaign to drive all foreigners out of China. The Boxer Rebellion resulted severe casualties and damages to the communities back in the days.

The Boxers do not deserve a bad rap because the Boxers’ actions were a defensive response to foreign missionaries and foreign nations overtaking Chinese culture, religious belief, and lifestyle. For example, during the Boxer Rebellion, Americans exemplified American products and imported massive amounts of U.S. goods into China. As more and more foreign products were brought in, Chinese lost grasp on their traditional and unique social patterns. Thus, the Chinese Boxers inspected Americans as people who attempted to Westernize Chinese society. Foreign nations further tried to convert China’s traditional belief, Buddhism, to Christianity by force. Foreign missionaries built gigantic churches on the side-roads, and even took over Chinese houses for religious intent. Lastly, the foreigners compulsorily constructed exotic buildings in Chinese communities; foreign missionaries and diplomats constructed Christian churches, legations, and other public facilities. If you see the map above, you’ll notice that all the buildings built in the maps are not related to Chinese at all. Consequently, the Boxers believed foreigners were planning to subvert Chinese villages, tradition, and take control over Chinese territories. These three pieces of evidence well exhibits why the Boxers do not deserve a poor reputation because Boxers were simply fighting for their personal identities. It is also natural for people to show defensive reactions to others who are trying to take away original custom and belief. In conclusion, Boxers do not deserve a bad rap.

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Egeus the Worst Dad Ever- MSND Magazine Cover

The Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play written by William Shakespeare. This play features an interesting love story of young men and women in Athens. One of the main characters in the play named Egeus is a conservative and grumpy dad. When Egeus’ daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, Egeus states: “As she is mine, and all my right of her I do estate undo Demetrius.” This piece of evidence exhibits Egeus is a conservative dad since he thinks Hermia is his possession and can do whatever he wants to do with her. Furthermore, when Egeus goes to Theseus, he claims, “As she is mine, I may dispose of her: Which shall be either to this gentleman Or to her death…” This quote also informs us how grumpy Egeus is because he acts very selfish; he doesn’t care about her daughter or her love. In conclusion, Egeus is a grumpy and conservative person.

 

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Are You a Renaissance Humanist?


 

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The Monkey’s Paw Theme

Throughout history, many have demonstrated that greediness leads to misfortune and greater desire. A former German politician named Adolf Hitler is a great example of the statement above. In the early stage of the World War 2, Hitler dominated few countries; however, he invaded more countries and shortly conquered most Europe. Yet, he did not stop invading other nations. Hitler could have consolidated and defended his areas from his enemies, but his desire to expand territory led to an ultimate defeat of Germany. This example clearly shows how his greediness of conquering more land lead to defeat. A story named “The Monkey’s Paw” also exhibits that greediness brings misfortune and greater greed. The story is about a family and a talisman. When the family received the monkey’s paw (talisman), they were warned to wish for something reasonable. Nevertheless, they decided to wish for their own good; later, they wished for bigger things and eventually became miserable and lost their son.

In the story, “The Monkey’s Paw”, by William W. Jacobs, the author believes that greed always evokes to greater acquisitiveness and eventually brings tragedy. When Sergeant Major Morris insisted the Whites to burn the Monkey’s Paw and not use it, they decided to ignore him and used the Monkey’s Paw to pay their debts: “ ‘If you could finish playing for the house you’d be quite happy, wouldn’t you?’ Herbert said. ‘Wish for 200 pounds, then. That’ll just do it’” (Jacobs 115). This statement indicates how the Whites are greedy because even when the Sergeant told them to not use it, they ignored him and used it for their own good. However, Mr. and Mrs. White get their 200 pounds for the compensation of their son’s death. The White family’s greed for money led to a misfortune. As the story continues, Mr. and Mrs. White become even more gluttonous. After Herbert’s death, Mr. and Mrs. White decided to use the Monkey’s Paw again only to fulfill their greediness. They state, “‘No, we’ll have one more, Go down and get it quickly and wish our boy alive again‘” (Williams 240). Even Mr. White and Mrs. White experienced tragedy from using the Monkey’s Paw, they decide to wish again to make their son alive again. However, this again leads to a whole tragedy of the Whites, where Mrs. White and Mr. White become miserable about life.

In conclusion, greed always evokes to greater acquisitiveness and brings tragedy. At first, the Whites wished for 200 pounds. However, their greediness brought misfortune: Herbert’s death.

 

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“Must be Proud You are Different”- Found Poem

I chose to use the story “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan for my found poem. This story is mainly about a Chinese American girl, Amy, and her crush Robert’s visit to her house for Christmas dinner.

The main conflict of the story is an external conflict, especially the “Character vs. Society” struggle. Character vs. society conflict is a struggle between the character and a group of people, or with societal forces. In this story, the protagonist struggles and is embarrassed with her Chinese relatives and culture in front of her crush. This struggle is shown in my poem through the protagonist’s various words in the story. In the fourth line, there are words like “noisy” and “strange.” These words clearly tell us that the main character, Amy’s point of view towards her relatives and culture was not quite affirmative. In addition, in line eight, it states: “despair,” “shame,” and “stunned into silence.” These terms show Amy’s feelings to her family and culture was not positive. Lastly, in the last line, it says, “I wanted to disappear.” This statement indicates that she is embarrassed of her Chinese identity and family, only because her crush grimaced at them. I drew some wavy, circle lines; wind; and sharp lines to support my poem. I mainly drew images for the key words that expressed Amy’s feelings and conflicts. Furthermore, I used white background and used black for all the drawings, because I thought the black color would suited and express Amy’s gloomy and cheerless feelings very well.

 

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The Deadly Plagues- Black Death vs. Cholera

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