“Woman Warrior at 30”

In reponse to the article, “Woman Warrior at 30”, I agree to the author that Maxim Kingston’s writing style is very unique.  When reading the book, the book seemed to fall in two genres: fiction and nonfiction. This book is based on her life in America,  but the stories she writes about are often exaggerated. In the beginning, she was talking in general about the aunt that commited suicide by clogging herself and the baby in the family well. Then she imagines the details what really happend to her aunt. Most of chapter 1 was imagining the details of the cause of her aunt’s death.  Then the next chapter, she explains a story about Fa Mulan and how heroic she was, and she imagines herself being Fa Mulan. Most of that chapter was about imagining herself as Fa Mulan.  At that part of the book, I was confused about this book’s genre. At first it was a nonfiction plot until her imaginations take place. It was like nonfiction and fiction mixed together and that was what I found interesting about this book.

Fiction or Nonfiction?

Fiction or Nonfiction?

December 13, 2008 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

44% of Korean Ivy League Students Quit

In response to the article:

The article states that Korean students drop out of college more than any other group.  The writer, Samuel S. Kim, believes that this high drop out is due to the fact the Korean international students struggle to adapt into a new culture. The notion that Korean students’ struggle blending into a new American cluture is valid, and I completely agree with the author’s claim that the adaption problems stem from a difference in studying-behaviors.  Kim’s opinion of a lower number of dropouts in prestigious schools is also very sensible to me.

However, I disagree with his statement on Korean students “should abandon what they were familiar with in Korea to succeed in America.”  Why? Why must a diligent, studious student who worked very hard give up those traits to “succeed” in adapting to an American culture? Those study-habits got the student into a prestigious college and those same habits should help them succeed in college. I previously agreed that the different study-habits are the cause for a seperation between the Korean students and American students, but there should be no effort on the Korean students’ part to give up habits in order to adapt into the society. I believe what they need to do is not to abandon their study habits, but to change parts of their habits.

December 13, 2008 at 9:12 am 1 comment

Youtube

In school, there were many talks about tv shows and movies to watch, and my friends love to talk about them, especially the tv show, Gossip Girl. However, there are also many talks about funny videos that are posted up on Youtube.  They even share the videos to other people and other people find it funny and very cool.  Even our school council decided to post up videos they made on Youtube to advertise their events to SIS students like this video:

Many people like to watch videos to either entertain themselves, or if they are getting bored with their lives.  Youtube gave an impact to several communities, even the SIS community, and they use it for educational purposes or just for the heck of it. People can even post up videos to support causes and politics. The US presidential election used it a lot to help connect to younger generations into politics and make them be interested in the the candidates campain.

December 13, 2008 at 7:06 am Leave a comment

Diaspera

In response to World Literature Blog 12:

The Ibo people had changed from the reaction to the contact points that was listed in the blog.  I think the most strong reaction to the change were the churches.  The Europeans came to the Ibo village and set up the church at the Evil Forest, and converted many Ibo people.  This caused the destruction of the Ibo’s traditions and the people’s way of life.  Because of the European’s disruption of the way of life, it ruined the lives of the Ibo people. That is the only negative part of the diaspora.  The positive factor for this diaspora is the schools (because it helps educate the Ibo people), courts (helps create a stronger justice system), markets (more trades and economy grows from the village), hospitals (help heal more people and save more lives from unknown sicknesses), and military (more advanced weapons are given and help protect the village).

In Korea, there are many changes all around the country. Everything here in Korea changed because of the American society.

Example 1: Language
Lately, Korean schools are teaching students English so that they want the students to become more international.  In society, if you were born here in Korea and fluent in English, then you get much praise from many people.  If you were a Korean born in the States, then you become an outcast of the social groups in Korean school.  The language English gave both positive and negative impacts on the Korean society.

An American teaching english to elementary Korean students

An American teaching english to elementary Korean students

 Example 2: Music
Many of the music here in Korea are adapting to the style of Western music, such as rock, pop, rap, or R&B.  The traditional music is slowly forgotten by the younger generations.  Many young Koreans are crazy about musicians and their appeal in televisions.  I think media had a big impact on music, where face and looks are more important than the art of music.  When a Korean artist, Rain, became a worldwide star, he was criticized as a musician, and many people say his dances are very similar to Michael Jackson’s dance moves.  He was harshly criticized by critics because he was listed on the Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. Time

Rain, a popular R&B and pop artist

Rain, a popular R&B and pop artist

Example 3: Beauty
Lately, the Korean Society standard of beauty began to change very much.  Because the American standard of beauty, Koreans wanted to become very beautiful like the Americans so cosmetic surgery became very popular in Korea.  The funny thing is that sometimes the results of a cosmetic surgery makes their image worse.  Celebrities tend to overdo surgery on their face and their face sometimes turn to Michael Jackson’s.

Here is a picture of before and after cosmetic surgery. See the differencet?

Here is a picture of "before and after" cosmetic surgery. See the differencet?

December 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

“The Second Coming”

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
hings fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand;
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus
Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries
of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

1. Q: What is the meaning of the phrase “Things Fall Apart” within Yeats’ poem?
    A: I believe that the book, “Things Fall Apart,” used the poem to show the coming of the end of the world. In this poem, there are many biblical references about how the world is going to end.  I think that the poem is influenced from the last chapter of the bible, the Revelations, because that his poem is refering to the beast in the Bible. Since this poem was written right after World War II, Yeats must have seen the destruction and envisioned the end of the world.

2. Q: What does the Second Coming refer to in general?
A:  In general, I think the Second Coming is the coming of Jesus Christ from Heaven to Earth. I had “googled” the Second Coming and found a chuck of information about the Second Coming from Wikipedia. It is also refered to the “last judgement of the dead and the living,” which is the end of the world, and the establishment of the “Kingdom of God” on earth. There are videos I found the the poem is related to the bible on youtube (7 part video).

3. Q: What does the Second Coming refer to in Yeats’ Poem?
A: The Second Coming in Yeat’s poem used the Bible to show that the World is coming to an end. Yeats mentioned the signs of showing the end of the world is coming  and the event is in evitable. I think Yeats supports the idea that the Second Coming is when the world ends.

4. Q: As you read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, note how the novel both takes up and changes Yeats’ version of the Second Coming. Who or what in the novel represents a “rough beast” that “slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”
A: The “rought beast” refers to the demon, or the antichrist. I think that in the novel, the “rough beast” is the Church, where they took away the natives land and force the natives to believe in something they are not accustomed to.  The Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and the rough beast slouches towards there to destroy it. Just like the Europeans, they slouched toward the Ibo village and caused chaos to the Ibo society and destroyed the culture and the traditions of the people.

December 12, 2008 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Strange Foods That I Have Eaten….

There are many strange foods around the world and I ate only like 1 percent of those really strange foods. One thing food that had a lasting memory on taste was silk worm. It taste so gross and it made me puke right after it enters my mouth. I had it while I was at a BBQ restaurant and my relatives ordered silkworms. I didn’t think that they would serve silkworms while they are alive. When my relatives put the meat on the grill, they put bunch of silkworms on the grill. I couldn’t eat at all that night. Thank god they don’t have it in Korea.

I also had bo-ssing soup long time ago. At first, I didnt know what the soup is made out of or what they put in. I just ate it because my relatives said that it is really good, so I tried. It tasted like chicken, and it was actually pretty good. After the meal, I asked what was bo-ssing soup is made out of. My relatives told me to look at the back of the restaurant and see for my self. I ran and look what was at the back of the restaurant. To my horror, I saw dogs in seperate cages and all sorts of dogs of all different size are caged. I threw up in front of the restaurant.

September 10, 2008 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

Top Ten Things I want to do

I recently listen on the radio about someone who have a list of the top 10 things that people should do before they died. It was pretty interesting and I thought the list was very daring and fun. I liked the list very much so I decided to make a list right now:

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL

1. Go get a job – I would want to get a job because I want to experience what is it like to have responsibility on my own and earn my own money. I don’t want allowance anymore.

2. Take a road trip with all your friends – After watching couple of movies that involve with someone taking a road trip, I wanted to do that with my friends and go out and be adventurous and create many fun memories.

3. Go to prom – I had fun at prom last year, so I’ll go to prom again this year! I should go to the snowball too, since this is my last year of high school.

4. Have a Seniors only Party – I guess it would also create many fun memories too.

5. Perform something grand on stage – It could be anything, like acting a play or musical, or a concert. I always wanted to perform something that involves with a guitar, violin, piano, drums, saxaphone, and trumpet.

and the other 5 things, right now i cannot really think of any. Maybe you can write down the five more things on the list if you comment on this post.

September 2, 2008 at 9:58 am Leave a comment

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