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《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。

Experience at the UN

Yesterday, at the Youth Assembly at the UN, I saw that there were alot of students from China. I got enough courage to talk to some of them (by the way, I speak a decent amount of Mandarin Chinese). As always, they were very kind. -Fast forward- Today as I was leaving, the student that I talked to ran up to me and told me to wait. He told me I was the first person to go speak to him and that he was very glad that I did so. (As the Chinese do) He gave me a gift. He said the notebook helped him remember math formulas and study English for school and that he hopes I find the notebook helpful as well. He noted that it was his favorite favorite notebook. At the end he added that if I were to visit China again, his doors are open for me.

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!

The debate between Capitalism and Socialism seems to always antagonize socialism. Where is this fear of socialism coming from?

To begin with, Barack Obama is pretty far from ‘liberal’. He isn’t too far from John McCain on a political compass. Haven’t they noticed that the ‘left’ isn’t very happy that Barack Obama compromises with the ‘right’? There are a list of other rumors and claims that just are not logical or sensible.

‘Redistribution of wealth’ is being used as a weapon and twisted into a more criminal act of ‘theft’. Wayne Root has a small hole in this argument. It’s not like he isn’t getting a benefit from everyone contributing some of their wealth for the greater good of society. His argument doesn’t coincide with the method in which socialism works. Wayne makes the argument that the ‘stolen’ money is given to people who ‘didn’t earn it’ in a socialist society, but has he thought of people in the capitalist society who work, probably, ten to thirteen more hours than him and they still can’t afford housing or healthcare.

(I just have to say Wayne’s comment of ‘you did your homework’ to the reporter is patronizing, just saying).

I’m curious whether or not Wayne can define a ‘communist, socialist, or marxist’ without using rhetoric that simply attacks the system instead of providing a definition. I don’t think his classmates hated ‘people who make money’, I think they hate the way in which people abuse their privilege of being wealthy (ie ignore the people who aren’t as lucky as the people in their class) and where they are allocating their money. I simply had to laugh at the statement, ‘making Puerto Rico the 51st state’. That is absolutely false, Puerto Rico has refused and refuses to become a 51st state, and this would just create more problems for the country politically, where would we find a ’52nd state’ to balance things out?

There is demonization of socialism, democrats, Obama, healthcare, Muslims, undocumented immigrants, China, and the list goes on. Why do so many continue to search for enemies or a group to blame? We keep touching the flame even though it hurts and we still don’t seem to understand that blame doesn’t get us anywhere.

I think Michael makes a great argument at around 8:29. It simplifies the situation a little more, but it really lays it out. This type of question really puts people in a  difficult position or not being able to say ‘I support the big capitalists’ without sounding classist.

On the topic of racism, they make it seem as if it’s a joke and that it doesn’t exist. The laws and policies that the government puts in place have subtle racism in the way that the laws carry out. To give the full quote from Judge Sotomayor:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion as a judge than a white male, who has not lived that life.”

The quote was obviously misinterpreted by Wayne. He must have not read the part, ‘who has not lived that life’ or ‘richness of experiences’, and ‘that life’ refers to ‘the richness of experiences’. Many see it as racism, but she is just addressing the fact that maybe some of the judges haven’t experienced some of the things that she has, like not being male, not being white, and not having other privileges. Being oppressed as a woman, as a woman of color, etc has allowed her to form opinions that would give insight to things that ‘white males’ just not might see.

The idea of ‘liberals’ wanting to give wealth to ‘black people’, ‘hispanic people’, and ‘poor people’ is racism, doesn’t make too much sense unless you mean there are no white people who are poor and struggling. It’s always interesting how it’s always Brown vs Black vs White, there are other ‘colors’. Isn’t that racism for not acknowledging there are other people of different ethnicities?

Warren Buffett fails to disappoint me:

“There is a class war.

The rich are making war on the un-rich – America

The rich are winning.”

 

Yeah.. people are making money by making all these cures and treatments but no one is able to afford them… this system works great, doesn’t it? The mining company out in Pennsylvania made technology that eventually saved the Chilean miners only for the money. Shouldn’t you work because you like to do the job and because you want to make advancements?

Now the ethics of our society is under questioning. Isn’t helping your community and society enough? You wouldn’t have to worry about profit if you lived in a socialist nation. I think giving a gift to humanity is better than monetary value. This is basically how charities and NGOs work, they want to help people and are not in it for profit. Also only wanting profit is very detrimental, selfish, and materialistic. Something that really bothers me is the idea that the only thing moving people to do good is to get a reward or some benefit at the end.

If this society didn’t work on the principle of (good thing –> material reward), people wouldn’t do anything. Why return the bag of money I found if I’m not going to get anything out of it? One of the saddening conclusions I have come to is, people now go after jobs that make money and not because they like the job. Of course one of the reasons is for sustainability, but in the past people had a variety of ideas for future occupations. (Sorry I don’t remember the source) In the mid 1900s, they asked a group of elementary school students what they want to become and they chose different occupations like truck driver, teacher, lawyer, mail-person, and etc, surprisingly (or not) recently, elementary school children were asked the same question and the most common response was “I want to be rich”.

Is money destroying ethics? Is the (good thing –> rewards) method a good thing? Tell me what you think.

 

Me at the Great Wall of China

 

Arriving at the Beijing airport, I did not know what to expect nor did I see what I would become after the entire experience of being in China. I have been learning Chinese for two years, and I was very excited to actually go to China to finally be able to use the language with native speakers. I’ve never traveled outside or anywhere for that fact without someone I know. It was a bit of a terrifying thing to think about; being surrounded by people I just met. To my surprise, my group clicked instantly from the beginning. We were chatting and sharing things about ourselves very freely. I felt comfortable with myself being around my group members.

Throughout my trip to China, ‘Andy’ (my group leader), always said “expect the unexpected”. It really stuck with me while I was on the trip. When I arrived in Beijing, I was definitely not expecting the smog, the interesting foods that I encountered along the way, or the incredibly amiable people I would met on the way either. Talking with the locals, trying different foods that I will most likely never encounter in the United Sates really changed what I was willing to try or do.

A couple of months ago, if  you were to ask me, would I eat some food put in front of me that I don’t even know what it’s made of, I probably would have said no without any second thought.I would have given the same response with living in a mountain, since I have a fear of heights. I push farther out of the comfort zone, away from what I considered ‘outside of my comfort zone’. One of my earlier moments of leaving my comfort zone was doing ice-breaker games in the middle of a busy Beijing train station. We played pterodactyl, which involved making very strange noises very loudly, and played a dancing game.  When we started, all I could think is, “what are these people thinking about us, foreigners, acting strange in the middle of a crowded train station?” After a while, I simply stopped caring what everyone else was thinking and I concerned myself with how can I make this experience the best possible. I feel like I took these two lessons, of pushing myself further and breaking away from self-consciousness with me outside of the experience and I have been applying it with my daily life.

I feel that having so many diverse faces in my group helped me learn how to have a conversation with someone who is not like you or comes from a different part of the world. Although, I probably would not have talked to many of the kids in my group, but because of EIL, the summer program I was a part of, I have become great friends with people I never expected in a million years to become friends with. One of the eye-opening lessons that I learned was: you can become friends with just about anyone if you give them the chance to make that sort of impact on you. I had such wonderful experiences and stories to share regarding the people I met and the things we did. They have left such an impact on my life, there isn’t a day I don’t think about them. This is extremely cliché, but this has really been a life changing experience. The way I think about my life and myself is so different. I greatly appreciate all the new things I tried, all the things I was fortunate enough to participate in, and the outcome of my personality coming out of the China.