My Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, which is on the fourth Thursday of November. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year (history.com). On that day, people will have a big dinner and eat turkey, which is a uniquely American bird. There are also several huge celebrations for the holiday, such as Macy’s thanksgiving day parade in Manhattan, New York. Black Friday is also an iconic event during the holiday, that stores will have big sales .

This was my third Thanksgiving in the United States. Since I had a five-days break, I went to Chicago with my sister. It was my first time been to the city and it was raining everyday since we have been there. Chicago was a large city in the states, and like New York, it was a convenient and developed place.  However, since my sister and I were too lazy ,we spent most of our time in the hotel to watching TV series on lap top.  Cloud Gate was the only place we have visited and we also have watched two movies there.

During this tour, there was one event that was impressive to me. It was the huge protest on the Black Friday.  Many people stood on the street, in front of numbers of huge stores, such as Nike, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc, and stopped people from going into the stores. This protest was because of the shooting and many of them held up banners, saying ” I am a man” or ” I am a woman”. Their sound was too loud, so that I could still hear them after I want back to the hotel, which was near the main shopping street.  It was impressive to me because I have near saw protest before, and I thought they were brave to do that in such an important day.

Thanksgiving break was a really good time for me to take a break from the heavy school work. However, having five days off was too short for me and  I was not satisfied because of that. I still had many homework assignments during the break and would have a lot more to do after the break. The first trimester went so fast and the second trimester is going to start. It was only few weeks till Christmas. Hope it will coming soon!

plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking other’s ideas or work as one’s own. It can happen easily, if one  does not pay attention on it. There are several ways of plagiarism, such as copying  words or ideas from others without giving credits, putting a quotes without a quotation mark, cite incorrectly, etc.  Plagiarism is a serious problem, which can led to different extend of consequences  depends on one’s seriousness of plagiarism. Also, different country has its own rules and attitudes toward plagiarism.

In the United States, plagiarism considers is a very significant issue, and one will get punished in different level depends on ones’s situation. In school, if one plagiarizes other’s work, he or she will go to the honor council and his or her parents will get an email from school. However, if the person repeats plagiarizing for several times, he or she may get suspension. In addition, in order to prevents students from copying other’s work, schools use apps, like turnitin.com to check student’s work. In real life, plagiarism is also something  needs to pay attention on, that one need to receive other’s permission in order to use their videos, musics or images.

In China, the attitude and the seriousness toward plagiarism is very different, that it is much looser than rules in the United States. In school, if one plagiarizes, the person will need to rewrite the essay or gets a zero on it, and his or her parents will be informed about it. However, the person will not need to go to the honor council, nor need to get suspension or expelled. In real life, the management of plagiarism is really loose, that one can use other’s videos, musics and images without permission.  Since China is still developing, the awareness of plagiarism still need to improve.

Plagiarism is a practice that shows disrespect to the author, who pays effort on his or her works and ideas. Therefore, people must cite their works properly and give the author full credits. Compare to China, the United States does a really good job on plagiarism. On the other side,  China, as a county that becomes more and more powerful and developed, still need to work on the problem of plagiarism. China could also study the methods that  the United States uses and develop its own rules of plagiarism.

China Ends One-Child Policy, Allowing Families Two Children

“One Child Policy” is a policy that used to be practice in China. The policy introduced between 1978 and 1980, restricted families to have only one child. ” One Child Policy‘ was introduced because it would help the reduce the population in China, and help the development of Chinese economy. However, the policy also brought several problems, that there was a huge population gap between males and females. The policy also increased the aging population in the country.

Since there were many problem with “One Child Policy”, Chinese government introduced the my policy on October. 29th, 2015. The new policy allowed all married couples to have two children. This was considered a huge change in China because the “One Child Policy” has been practiced for many years. The new policy is considered helpful for the Chinese economy. It will also solve the problems that “One Child Policy” had before.

As a Chinese, I never think that the Chinese government will change the One-Chile Policy. The new policy is definitely a huge change in China and it may have a huge impact on China in the future. However, since it just started I do not have a strong feeling about it. I do not think that the new policy will affect me because  there were already two children in my family. Moreover, since having a second child was not prohibit strictly in China before under”One Child Policy”, I could still have two children if I wanted and pay the fee in the future.

The policy will have a strong influence on China that it will prevent aging population. Even though there will be a lot more people in China in the future, it will help to increase Chinese economy. The new policy will also help to balance out the ratio between males and females in China. Since the new policy considers to have more advantages than the old one, China may become much better under that. Therefore, I can not wait to want too se new changes.

The Week Packet

1. Oregon Massacre: Would new gun laws stop mass shooting?

I thinks new gun laws will help to reduce the mass shooting in the state. It is too liberal in the country, that one express themselves by  causing other people’s death. Since one can easily purchase a gun,  gun shooting can easily happen. The new gun laws will tighten the gun possession, which means that there is going to have a higher level requirement for people in order to own a gun. This will lessen the mass shooting because one cannot buy a gun easily. I agree with the third and fourth paragraphs, that the problem need to be fix both mentally and physically. It is important to solve the metal illness, so that the killers will not think it is right to express or comfort themselves by punishing others. Additionally, the gun control is also necessary, so that it will not provide a easy chance for killers to create mass shootings. There is no paragraph that I disagree with; and in my country, no one can own a gun.

2. The U.S. at a glance… Sacramento, Assisted Suicide.

I agree with legalizing doctor-assisted suicide. Since they knows that they will eventually die and there is no chance for them to heal, they should have the chance to choose whether they want to continue living or committing assisted suicide. If one is struggling with the painfulness of the illness, and he / she wants to die rather than live, it is really helpful to have assisted suicide. Moreover, It will not only shorten her painfulness, but also saving money for the family. Sometimes, the treatments are very expensive and not every family have the financial abilities to afford that, so rather than waste money to treat a person, who has no chance to live, it is better for them to choose assisted suicide.

3. China’s Green Revolution

There is a serious problem with pollution in China due to the development in recent years. As China’s economy grows rapidly, the environment in China became worse and it is affecting the whole Earth. It is responsible for China to fix that and there are some policies introduced in the country. Even though it is a challenge to fix the pollution problem, it will become better in the future.

4. Is recycling largely an illusion?

In China most of the garbage ends up in landfill and only some of them will use to recycle. Recycling is an aspect that China need to improve. Since it has the largest population, the production of garbage is incredibly high and it is causing number of environmental issues. Even though there are different types of garbage bin in China, people do not have the habit to sort their garbage. Also, due to the large population, it is hard to control everyone to follow the rule. Therefore, it is hard for China to regulate it.

5. The folly of banning rough play

I do not think that all aggressive play should be banned in schools. Students will lose many fun without all of these plays. None of these play will be aggressive, if the teacher can set a clear and strict rule for students to follow. By teaching them things they can and cannot do, students will not become aggressive by playing these games. Moreover, everyone need to express themselves, and to release their pressure, and it is a great way to do that by playing these games. If they do not have a right way to do so, they may find a more extreme or violent way, like fighting with each other. Even though, it is good to teach the students and led them to a good way, if the control is too tight the effect can be negative sometimes.

6. Smartphones: Changing us for the worse?

Even our life become more convenient by having smartphone, it is changing us for the worse in some extend. Smartphone separates our attention from works and other things. Instead of working, we spend more time on playing smartphones. The problem become more and more serious that people cannot  live without a smartphone that we are sort of controlled by our phone. It have changed the way people interact with each other. As a variety of apps coming out, people prefer much more to communicate with each other by chatting. People lost the ability to have a conversation with each other. When a group of people hanging out,  everyone is on their phone and no one wants to talk. I think I am addicted to my smartphone is some way. I think it is a good thing to make me feel comfortable that when I am with a group of unfamiliar people, smartphone will help me to escape communicate with them.

7. Cartoon

A group of Islamic terrorists is planning to attack the United State. However, when they read the newspaper, they find out that there are number of mass shooting in the United Sate, which shows that the country is very good at terrorizing themselves. It is very ironic, that not waiting the terrorists come, the country has many mass shooting, which cause by themselves.

8. Travel

If  I was given a free trip to one of the 7 destination listed, I would choose “A Utah adventure”. I have never been to Utah before, and I am very curious about it. Moreover, I really want to try fishing, hiking and mountain biking. I have not done any of these before, and I believe it will be really fun. I think this adventure is a really good way for me to get a rest from the schoolwork and help me to release my pressure.

9.Best properties on the market

If money were no option, I would like buy the house in Columbus, Ohio. Compare to other houses, this one is much modern and new, which is built in 2010. I like the size of the house, which is not too big and not too small. Also, the fitment in this house is very cool, that there is a huge wall of shelves for me to put things. There are also many lights in this house, so it will be bright at anytime.

10.  The Week Contest

Ur germ

Name

 Chinese Name: What does your name mean? Why did your parents pick it? Do you like your name? How does it represent you? (You may have to interview your parents for this one!) English name: Why did you pick it? What does it mean?

My Chinese name is 王纯(Wang Chun).  “Wang” is the last name, so  there is no meaning for that, and “Chun (纯)” in Chinese means pure and innocent.  The reason that my parents pick this name is because they want me to carry my childhood and be like a child who is simple and carefree.  I think it sort of represent me that till now I do not have many worries and I believe in people easily. However, I do not think that I can maintain my innocence forever, that it will eventually be ruined at some point. My English name is Christy, The reason I pick this name is that I have two best friend, one is called “Krystal” and the other one is ” Christina”, so I combine these two name together as “Christy”. I do not know what the meaning of it and do not know if is has one.

CNN News

1. The Supreme Court will hear a case involving how states draw district lines based on population. It is important because of an issue of affirmative action, which considered as an effort to improve education and employment opportunities for women and minority groups. People who support the action think it helps to protect these groups from being treat unequally. However, the opponents state that the action gives these groups an unfair advantage. The start of this case is from a girl named Abigail. Abigail is yarning to go to the University of Texas, but she didn’t get in and attending an University in Louisiana State instead. Therefore, she files a lawsuit against the school claiming she didn’t receive the offer because of her race, that she is white. In fact, for the admissions process at University of Texas, the Top 10% of each high class statewide gets in automatically. For students below the top 10%, like Abigail, many factors will be considered, and race is one of them. Some minority students on the University of Texas campus don’t agree with Abigail’s lawsuit. Bradley Poole, the president of Black Student Alliance, thinks that race is the easiest that Abigail can went against. Others takes offense of the lawsuit because they think they make some efforts as other people do.

2. United States and other countries have reached a massive trade deal, which called Trans- Pacific Partnership (TTP). Negotiation has been processing for years for this trade deal. Even though President Obama supports the TTP, there are supporters and opponents among both US Democrats and Republicans.It is important because the deal has to be approved by the Congress and the Legislatures of the 11 other countries before it actually takes effect. The TTP is a trade deal that encompasses 40% of the world’s economy. There are 12 countries participate in the deal, and the goals are all about setting the rules on labor, environment, and economics around the Asia pacific region to sort of prevents China from setting lower standards. The Pro side of the TTP is that it provides more chances for the United States to trade with countries like Japan. However, many farmers who own small farms  in Japan don’t want to be put at the risk of losing their jobs and incomes.

3.  China, as being the rival of  the United States; both country are in economic and political competition. China is a communist state, that government controls the media and the economy. However, Chinese business increases rapidly after government loosened the control. China is the world’s second largest economy and the biggest importer, but 40 years ago (1970), it is a country with at least 30% of people living in poverty. The situation started to change in 1978, when China launched major economic reforms. Agricultural was the first, that farmers were allowed to sell their crops on the open market. After the success of agricultural, open trade led to privatization  other states to own enterprises. In 1980, China became one of the member of the world bank and International Monetary Fund. China also created four special economical zones in the same year. As the trade open up to other countries, China started to build factories and take advantage of cheap labor. As the result, more than 500 million people lived out of the poverty.

Impromptu Speeches Reflection

About what I did well…

The thing I did well was that during the speech I have used my personal example to explained my point. Also I have used several transition words, such as moreover, also,etc when I had two or more points. Another thing that I did well was that even though I’ve paused for several times, I continued to finish my speech until the time was up.  Furthermore, I did well on the pace that I spoke, which was not too fast and not too slow.

About What I need to practice for…

I need to practice for the voice that I spoke, that I need to speak more loudly. Moreover, I need to practice my pronunciation and expression, that I have different tones under different conditions.  Eye contact is another thing that I ned to practice, that I need to look at the camera / audiences when I  was talking.  Also I have many pauses during my speeches, so I need to think faster during the 15 seconds of preparation.

impromptu writing

Original:

1. There are four faces appear in the photo. The “main character”/ the focus is the baby in the middle, with blue cloths and gree shoses / socks. The baby looks calm but more likely he doesn’t know what’s happening. There are three women stand behind the wires, they are sending the baby across the wire and there’s a hand catching the baby from them. The emotion that the woman has in the middle is kind of struggled. The mountains and the blue sky is the background of the photo and the weather is likely to be fall.

2. It was October 2nd, 1994, and the scene was taken at the border of Mexico and United State. The weather was pretty that day, wind blew and the sky was clear that on could see though it. The light shined the mountains and made it looks much greener and magnificent. It was a special day; it was the day that changed my life. As being the only boy in the family, the parents decided to sent me out of the small village in Mexico and went to United State fir a better education and life. Since our family were in poverty and there was not enough money for us to move to the country. They used all of their money and relations to helped me get out of the place.

Revised:

1. There are four faces appear in the photo. The “main character”/ the focus is the baby in the middle, with blue clothes and green shoes / socks. The baby looks calm but more likely he doesn’t know what’s happening. There are three women standing behind the wires, they are sending the baby across the wire and there’s a hand catching the baby from them. The emotion that the woman has in the middle is kind of struggled. The mountains and the blue sky are the background of the photo and the weather is likely to be fall.

2. It was October 2nd, 1994, and the scene was taken at the border of Mexico and the United State. The weather was pretty that day, wind blew and the sky was clear that on could see though it. The light shone the mountains and made it looks much greener and magnificent. It was a special day; it was the day that changed my life. As being the only boy in the family, the parents decided to sent me out of the small village in Mexico and went to the United State fir a better education and life. Since our family was in poverty and there was not enough money for us to move to the country. They used all of their money and relations to helped me get out of the place.

Reflect on your first few days as a 10th grader.

I felt different this year, because there was a big change with my classmates and teachers, that I was not familiar with many of them. Therefore, I wasn’t feeling very comfortable in the classes for the first few days of school, and I was still striving to fit in. Compare to last year, I thought the work I had this year was much heavier, and also my schedule was tighter than before. Since it was one more step toward graduation, there was much more pressure this year, that I need to pay effort to earn good grades. Moreover, the Personal Project was another thing, which made my school life tougher. I  wanted to create an interesting project and I need to put  my energy on it at the same time. However, fortunately I was not the only Chinese in our grade this year, which was a really good news for me. At last, I want to say,” I am not ready to become a sophomore!”

What did you do over the long weekend?

I spent the long weekend at home and I  did almost nothing during this weekend, except homework.  However there was one thing I did which was quite meaningful, that I have met Ziyi on Friday after school. It was my first time talk with her after she became a freshman in NYU. She has not changed a lot, besides her hair was much longer than before. We had dinner in a Japanese restaurant around her school, which named Cha’An. We have talked a lot about  our new school year, and I learned that she has made numbers of new friends in the university. After dinner we went to her dorm. Unfortunately, since I did’t bring my ID,  I could not get into her dorm, which was a big shame for me. However, I was so glad to met  her again, and I was delighted that our friendship didn’t change as time past.