Category: My Thoughts


《中式英语》

《中式英语》

 

《中式英语》有很多东西我喜欢。他们说着中文很有意思,特别在布洛德伟,因为布罗德伟常常没有外语。我觉得他们大部分是真的中国人很有趣因为成为《中式英语》很正宗。他们懂表演的笑话和文化参考。而且,演员很好。我觉得第一译者非常好笑。她也很奇怪。我嫉妒英国来译者的演员。他会说中文说得完美。我想象他说得完美。演出的舞台非常棒。我觉得他们的舞台很复杂。

我不喜欢演出的结局。我觉得结局太快了。我想了看中国的商人跟英国的译者做什么。我也想知道什么女商人觉得关于她的丈夫。我也不喜欢有时候演员不说清楚。听着他们一点难。我没有太多事情我不喜欢。

我觉得我已经知道中国跟美国文化不同的事情。我知道中国的商业交易很重要。各商人需要做关系。他们跟别的商人交朋友。人人不会说他们是非常棒因为他们应该有谦逊。从我的经历,我知道中国人打电话时他们非常大声。中国和美国不一样因为人跟别人不试交朋友特别如果他们是商人。看起来中国的关系比较重要。在美国,人不怕结束友情。

看演出,我感觉我可以与说英文说得不好的女交往。在演出中,女人不能说英文。我在中国的时,我有时候不能联络。我和她只会用简单话联络。这是非常难因为你不会告诉人什么你想说。中国人也不会告诉我什么他们想告诉我。

如果我是先进的校长,我不要用Google翻译。Google翻译非常坏。它不会给人类的意思。Google翻译只用词典。他们没有人翻译。人可以翻译所以别人可以懂,但是Google翻译不可以。而且,Google翻译不能教文化,口语,俚语。也不能帮学生要是他们想帮助。用Google翻译,一个人不能成为精通因为他们不用说话和不听话。

我真不知道十五个年后什么关系中国跟美国要有。但是,我觉得中国要成为比较又好又力。很多美国的工作去中国。所以,中国渐渐前进。

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I wanted to talk about this yarn since I made two hats with it. Basics: It’s Lion Brand’s Homespun Yarn, Corinthian (color), Size 5 Yarn Category/Bulky, 6oz, 185yd, 98% acrylic 2% polyester, Gauge (Knit): US10, 14sts x 2or = 4″ square, and Gauge (Crochet): Size K, 10sc x 10r = 4″ square.

When my friend first gave me this yarn, all I could think is, “This is SUCH an ugly color, what the heck am I gonna do with this?” I personally don’t like the color combinations. It looks like a mess of colors that shouldn’t be together. When you knit or crochet something, it looks alright, but definitely wouldn’t make things to wear with this yarn.

When I started using the yarn to start a project, I noticed that they yarn frayed SO easily. One thing that I really didn’t like about this yarn is that, the yarn is roving yarn held together by a black thread and that’s it. It made going through stitches very difficult. It is very sensitive. It ripped or unraveled on my twice during a project. The yarn however is very soft and warm. It’s bulky weight, but the string is pretty thin. The yarn works up very nicely making the hat projects a 2-3 hour affair.

Overall, I personally wouldn’t recommend the yarn, but I guess it will come down to personal taste.

how does the term “politically correct” even make any sense?

what is political about not erasing and insulting a group of people or someone’s identify? (tw for various slurs)

“What do you mean you prefer to be called lesbian/queer/gay instead of dyke/fag? YOU’RE SO POLITICALLY CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“What do you mean by ‘people with disabilities’? Why can’t I say ‘invalids’? YOU’RE SO POLITICALLY CORRECT!!!!!!!!”

“What do you mean I have to say Asian/Asian-American instead of “chink”? GOSH PEOPLE ARE SO POLITICALLY CORRECT THESE DAYS!!!!!!!”

“What do you mean I should say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? YOU’RE TAKING AWAY MY CIVIL RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

I guess when you’re a privileged person who has never had to consider how the things you say oppress other people, and you don’t have any real interactions with said people, changing your ways is just a matter of politics rather than being a decent human being.

 

Source: http://atrapforfools.tumblr.com/post/5979388723/how-does-the-term-politically-correct-even-make-any

After coming back from China I realized that there is heightened fear of the Chinese. After personally being in China, it seems like the most hilarious phobia I’ve ever seen! Hating the Chinese, how could you!? They are the most hospitable and kind people I have ever met. Is it scary to think that the Chinese may have more manners than us, as ‘United Statians’? Maybe I’m too oblivious to see why people are so terrified. I think it may be the ghost of the Cold War.

I think many Americans have irrational fears of the Chinese because of the media. Their rhetoric demonizes Chinese. Why the **** can’t we just accept that we screwed up? If we just accept it was our fault for getting into the hole in the first place, we could get to the root of the issue and solve things. Let’s stop pointing fingers, because it’s a waste of time, let’s just solve the damn issue and move on with our lives.

From this video, it seems as if ‘average’ Americans don’t even know enough about China to justify their fear:

 

I can’t believe people don’t know anything about China. Talk about ignorant.

While I was signing a couple of petitions which I do quite regularly, I saw this:

Really? There is no such thing as ‘job stealing’. Either you take the opportunity, or you don’t. It’s not like there’s a job quota of “300 jobs for clean energy jobs”. Just get it done, instead of whining that someone else might beat ya’ to it.

We have a lot to learn. We obviously have not learned our lesson, and that’s why we continue to fall behind. When kids drop milk on the floor, and they begin to blame each other, what gets done? Nothing. What happens if they all work together to clean the mess up? Problem solved and everyone can go back to what they were doing. Think people, please, just think!

Words

Using offensive words (racist, homophobic, etc) to mean something endearing is like someone throwing shit at you and you rubbing it all over yourself.

This is what I feel about words used in that manner, and this quote came to me when I was thinking about what to write for my English class. I’m writing about the Boondocks. Because of the recent controversy with Huck Finn I wanted to start with that.

What do you think about this video? First of all, I think people need to really listen to what she said. She said that he wasn’t paying bills and that he obviously isn’t looking for a job either. The thing that kinda-of tipped it for me was when he was on the couch and said “Give me something to drink”. Like really? You couldn’t get it yourself? Was it so hard to wait for the match to be over to get something to drink? I tend to be vehemently against domestic violence but I would have done the same thing. He’s a lowlife! I think he deserved it (though I would like to know who bought the PS3 in the first place). She should leave him ASAP. He’s not going to sit on his @$$ all day while she’s at work paying for the bills, which probably include the internet connection for the PS3.

The thing is… they are both in the wrong, she didn’t have to do go that far, and he should be doing something productive instead of sitting on his @$$ all day doing nothing. She could have just kicked him out, with all his stuff. She could have packed his bags, he would be too distracted to notice.

Why Is Feminism a Bad Word?

After reading multiple people’s opinion on other blogs/websites and after reading the fourth chapter in Rory Dicker’s book, A History of U.S. Feminisms, I realized something. Somewhere in the 20th century, feminism became a bad word. I wanted to further research where this switch in definition and perception happened.

The switch was noticed when “journalist Paula Kamen interviewed young women in the later 1980s” about their perceptions of the word “feminist.” Many of the young women had the the following associations : “bra-burning, hairy-legged, amazon, castrating, militant-almost-anti-feminine, communist, Marxist, separatist, female skinheads, female supremacists, he-woman type, bunch-a-lesbians” (an excerpt from A History of U.S. Feminisms).

In a previous chapter, Dicker explains how feminism was being connected to Communism during the Red Scare. I think Dicker explains why the connection was made very nicely: “To people who know little about either feminism or Communism, both philosophies challenged traditional social norms and threatened the American way of life.”

When I read this, everything finally made sense. The fear of feminism, the fear of ‘liberals,’ the fear of Communism, it just all started to fall into place. It made me realize how our past still has a strong influence on our future. After the first wave of feminism was over, most people thought that the feminist movement(s) was obsolete and anyone who called themselves a feminist after the first wave wanted more than just rights or was just complaining about nothing. I feel that the 19th amendment somehow numbed people and made people more complacent about gender equality. Many believe, and still believe, that the end goal for feminism was suffrage. The feminist movement goes beyond laws though. It’s great that it’s written on paper, but the society won’t necessarily carry out the law. Another thing that became apparent to me as I read about the history of the feminisms, is that feminism became more underground and had less of a presence since they were working behind the scenes.

The definition of feminism has been skewed to mean very odd things that just doesn’t fit the vision of feminism as a whole. For example, the idea that feminism is just a bunch of women who are supremacists strikes me as odd. The cause of the change in definition and which definition got the most popularity might be because the true presence of feminism perhaps wasn’t very visible or clear (or at least that is the sense I am getting).

Another possible reason why feminism was made ‘dirty’ is because “whenever a suppressed group starts demanding their basic rights, be it women or the blacks…” they are targeted by the privileged group as demanding too much and creating an unbalance, even though that unbalance was there to begin with or else no one would agitate and organize (1).

Going back to the idea that ‘people fear what they don’t know,’ I feel that many people who argue against feminism fail to realize that there are multiple feminisms and that there are different points of views. It would be ridiculous to say that John McCain speaks for all Republicans, or that Hillary Clinton speaks for all Democrats, so it just doesn’t seem possible that one small group or person out of a larger group can speak for everyone.

I would like actual feminists to reclaim the word ‘feminist’ and give it a clear definition. It needs to be reclaimed the same way women artists have tried to reclaim the female body in art.

On November 20th was global TED Talks Day. All around the world conferences were being held to discuss what we can do as human beings to improve the world and the animals that inhabit it. This year, my feminism class and Ileana Jiménez, were invited to speak at the TEDxYouth conference at Hewitt School. When I first heard that I had to speak in front of a crowd, I was terrified of the idea. I did not know what I would say. However, when I did present, I felt very welcomed. At one point in the day a student from Hewitt school and a part of the Action Team at Hewitt School called me “inspiring”. It was an amazing experience to hear that as a young adult from another young adult.

The other young people presenting at TEDxYouth@Hewitt were, as Ileana would say, “rock stars”. I am away by the work they have done. Some of them have written books, started organizations, and moved people. They were extremely inspiring. Hearing Fiona Lowenstein’s story was powerful; seeing a 12-year-old do so much made me wonder, what can I do? Later that day we learned how we could do something. Many young people like Mega or Lo, have fused their art with their urge to make change. I am very confident that the young people at this conference will shake this earth for the better.

One of the speakers that ‘hit home’ for me was Arthur Levine. He spoke about changing the lives of underprivileged young people in the Bronx. If it were not for people like him I wouldn’t be here. I am ever-grateful for the work that people like him have done. His issue is the most pressing for me since, I feel that everyone deserves and needs an education to function in life and be productive. I was one of the lucky ones that attended KIPP Academy in the Bronx and the name of the school says it all, “Knowledge is Power”. If underprivileged young people, in the case mostly Latino and African-American students, do not receive an education then their ‘power’ will be stripped away from them. Education is really our way out of poverty and a life of crime and violence. I would really like to live in a world where getting an education is not a difficult task and easily accessible, but if we have a group of people who haven’t graduated high school, it is more likely for their kids not to graduate either. We have to end this cycle to have a fully educated population.

I left the conference feeling powerful, as if I was shown ‘how to fish’ instead given ‘a fish’. I was given so many ideas on how to use my passion for activism with my personal life like art or my passion for language learning to change the world. The conference also furthered my understanding of activism in general. Many times when people think of activism, they think of marches and protests. I have learned that activism takes infinite amounts of forms and each is effective in their own way.

This is the video recorded at the TEDxYouth conference of my feminism class:

En lingq.com, leí un artículo sobre una presentación que Sir Ken Robinson hizo en TED.

Me encanto mucho el tema. El tema era sobre el estudiante en relación con la escuela y si las escuelas destruyen la creatividad en los niños. Él propuso muchas teorías sobre por qué los niños pierden esa creatividad instintiva. Para comenzar, estoy completamente de acuerdo con él. Yo siempre pensé eso, especialmente que ahora estoy en una escuela artística. Yo creo que el arte es supermente esencial y útil. También creo que el interés del estudiante es importante. Sin el estudiante, no hay escuela y no hay aprendizaje. La escuela debe de agarrar el interés del estudiante y ayudarle a expandir sus ideas o intereses.

Yo quería hablar sobre algunas cosas que él dijo.

Ustedes probablemente en la escuela fueron amablemente alejados de aquellas cosas que le gustaban con el argumento de que nunca conseguirían un trabajo haciendo eso.

Yo estoy de acuerdo con esa declaración y tamibién pienso que es una idea cultural. En los estados unidos, los niños suelen estudiar una carrera solo por el dinero y no por que les gustan. Necesitamos gente en varias ocupaciones para qué una sociedad funcione adecuadamente. ¿Si tenemos gente sólo en una carrera médica o judicial, quien va a enseñar en las aulas, quien va a coser ropa, quien va a manejar los autobuses públicos?  Muchas veces cuando un niño quiere ser un artista o conductor de tren, lo ridiculizaran. La respuesta siempre es que no es lucroso hacer ese tipo de trabajo. Entiendo completamente que necesitamos un trabajo que nos sostiene, pero es mejor estar haciendo un trabajo que amas en vez de hacer un trabajo que odia pero trae mucho dinero. Una cosa maravillosa es que en la generación mía, vamos a tener muchos trabajos nuevos, innovadores, interesantes, y diferentes de los anteriores. Por ejemplo, mi amigo vende arte que se llama “beading”. Eso fue un trabajo que él creyó y él vende los productos en ebay. Para concluir, no debemos de despreciar a un niño que tiene aspiraciones diferentes de los demás.

Una cosa que Robinson dijo fue que “nuestra sistema educucativo fue inventado por y para la sociedad industrial”. Es muy triste pensar que casi todo en este mundo se impulsa por el valor monetario. Personas son más que un concepto físico como dinero, son pensadores. El cerebro es un órgano magnifico y no debemos ignorarlo.

El sistema educativo pretende reproducir profesores universitarios. Si no estás preparado para equivocarte, nunca podrás hacer nada original.

Cada artista sabe que en arte, no hay errores. A veces los ‘errores’ en arte se convierten en ideas diferentes y nuevas por qué nadie lo han hecho así. Mira a Claude Monet, que hizo pinturas espectaculares, pero en esa época tener pinceladas  sin detalle fue considerado un error.

¿Piensas tu que la sistema educativa es adecuada para nuestros hijos y el futuro de ello?

The Amazons were known either as brave, courageous, intelligent, and powerful or as disorderly, barbaric, and savage.

Amazon Warrior

Their origins are founded in Greek mythology. The Amazons are said to be in Pontus. It was a matriarchal run society. It was a society governed by women, protected by women, and all about women. Men were not allowed in their society. Because they were so powerful and they won many wars, they were a force to be reckoned with. The society was governed by a queen or a pair of queens. Since there are no men, they can’t reproduce with each other. The Amazons went through a Spring mating ritual to keep the population going. The women who were allowed to breed were the women who killed someone in combat. The women would go to neighboring tribes and stay with the men for one month until they were pregnant. An outstanding process would occur when the child is born. If the child is female, they take the child back to the Amazons, but if the child is a boy, they either mutilated them and made them slaves, killed them, or sent them to their fathers. I found that the Amazons were the ‘swingers’ of the ancient world. It is said that they did not sleep with the same man every Spring! The idea of marriage did not exist in their society(2).

The Greek created the story of the Amazon warriors to show how society would be if men stopped running society. It was supposed to scare women and encourage men to take their respective gender roles. Amazons were everything that Greek men were to idolize, violent, aggressive, strong, and fearless. In many cases, the Amazon women were a reflection of Greek men; they were not monogamous and a huge part of their lives was war. In the same way, the men in the stories were reflections of the women, used for keeping a society alive and reproducing. I feel as if the Greek men wanted to do an exposé of their behavior. It also seems as if the Greek men toook the step in creating ‘radical’ art.

As expected, a type of feminism came from the story of the Amazons. The women were independent and mighty. Amazon feminism “emphasizes female physical prowess to meet the goal of gender equality. Adherents are dedicated to the image of the female hero in fiction and in fact, as expressed in the physiques and feats of female athletes, martial artists and other powerfully built women in society, art and literature.”

Xena

Xena the Warrior Princess

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

The idea of the Amazon woman has appeared in our pop. culture as Wonder Woman or Xena the Warrior Princess. The Amazons have become a symbol for lesbians. It represented strength and womanhood. The Amazons also became a symbol for lesbians because they lived without men.