April 28: In-Class Writing (Catch up work)

For essay 4, I appreciate how we are given a topic that I would love to talk and offer my life experiences about. The skills that I need to develop during this essay is my reading skills and understanding what I am reading. I also need to be wise with how I put my words together, probably the challenges is making sure my explanations are specific. I will organize the essay with an outline and going on from there. I am excited to complete essay 4 even though I am not feeling well at all. I love the topic of women’s rights and feminism related topics.


24 April: In-Class Writing

The show that I choose to talk about is my favorite one that is called Game of Thrones. It falls under the fantasy and drama genre, and it is basically about how Seven Kingdoms fight against one another for the Iron Throne. The role of women in the show varies a lot. Because, in the show the men actors are shown to deem women as low-class beings. However, the show itself displays the women as strong and intelligent people where they can defend themselves and they can speak up for themselves. Of course there are parts where they are being ridiculed, but in the end they would rise back up. An example would be Daenerys Targaryen, she is one of the last members of House Targaryen and she is the ‘Mother of Dragons’. She is currently the Queen of Mereen, and she really hates slavery so she goes around breaking slavery and saving people while recruiting them into her army. Obviously from this, the show has made a female “heroine” figure as someone who is strong and has good intentions. Which not a lot of shows have nowadays. Which is one of the reasons why I like Game of Thrones.



April 19: In-Class Activity (Verb-Tense Problems)

  1. For a long time, my stepson, Jonathan, is unhappy to have me as part of his family, for he resents that he doesn’t have both biological parents at home. I try to get to know him better, but he complains that I invade his privacy. As a newcomer, I understand that our relationship would require effort from both of us. It is not enough that I am friendly. Jonathan also has to want us to be friends, and I am not happy with the two of us being strangers, but I can wait for him to feel more comfortable around me.
  2. Anne Marie collects antique bottles and loves to turn them into works of art. She will buy bottles if she likes them, but she prefers to find them in the ground. She will find bottles everywhere, but she picks them selectively. However, she has the best luck at construction sites on old farmland, where she spends most of her time. Often, bottles appears on the surface after a good rain, but they disappear very soon. She will use special tools for excavating bottles, including a set of brushes. She does not want to break the bottles as she removes them from the ground. After finding a new bottle, Anne Marie will add it to her display case and hang it on the wall as an artistic piece. (Mangelsdorf, 2013, p.411).
  • 5 Idioms:
    • Cat Got Your Tongue? – I personally chose this one because I have always heard it and I love this idiom. Because it gives off a sassy feel to it.
    • Jump Down Someone’s Throat – I will definitely use this from now on, it sounds so graphic and it would make me sound like a boss if I use it.
    • Tongue in Cheek – I did not know that this meant ‘a joke’, I thought it was just being subtle about something. It is interesting to learn.
    • Beat around the bush – I never really knew what this meant, but now I do. And it means that you wanna do or say something without being direct.
    • Bite the dust – This just reminds of one of Queen’s hit songs “Another One Bites the Dust”

April 5th: Group Presentation Planning – Abelle, Serena and Wendy.

  • The major we chose:
    • We have many ideas for the majors but we thought that it would be challenging. So, we decide to choose just one. But we are still discussing about this. We are torn between Marketing and Art Management.
  •  Roles
    • Abelle will be editing the video, Serena will be recording, Wendy will be researching the materials. But of course, all of us will pitch in researching.
  • Schedule
    • We have created a group chat for our group. We would definitely meet up as much as we can to do the assignment. We have also decided that one of us can record something by ourselves and pitch in on our ideas.

March 29: In-Class Writing (Timothy, Wendy, and Abelle)

  • Main features of a “traditional/modern family” + Charen’s picture of “modern family”
    • Economic Independence
      • Usually it is the man who works for the whole family. However the percentage of women working outside the house is increasing.
    • Relationship between man and woman
      • It is “traditionally” known that a family is starts between a man and a woman.
  • “Traditional family” in our culture
    • Timothy: Because of the one-child policy, the child will be taken care of by the parents. Usually, the husband also works while the wife stays in the house and does housework. However, it is also common for both the parents work outside, while the grandparents take care of the child.
    • Wendy: Both of my parents work, but my father works harder. However, they take care of me equally even though they have a lot of work.
    • Abelle: My father works hard for my whole family. But because I have six sisters, and they are much older (35 and above), they also work by their own and also some work for my father. So everyone in my family is independent, and women working in a family for me is very common.


  1. http://www.sociologydiscussion.com/family/modern-family-what-are-main-features-of-a-modern-family/2324


  • How are gender roles changing on your culture/society? (Second question)
    • Women and men have been equal recently. People have been allowing more women to work instead of them being at home and doing the housework and taking care of the children.
    • Same-sex marriage is also more allowed to be approved. Even same-sex marriages can raise a child as well and as much as heterosexual marriages.
    • In Solnit’s essay, it is said that a man is more dominant than the woman. As he is independent of himself, and need not ask his wife on what to do etc.
    • The modern marriage talks about equal marriage, such as same-sex marriages. Instead of it being just between a man and a woman.

March 6: In Class Writing – References

Tannen, D. (2014). Bossy is more than a word to women.

In R. Atwan (Ed.), America now: short readings from recent periodicals. (pp. 63-66). Boston, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s.


Richson, B. (2014). Colleges should adopt trigger warning.

In R. Atwan (Ed.), America now: short readings from recent periodicals. (pp. 97-100). Boston, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s.


March 1: In-Class Writing

We were given two essays to read yesterday, and one of them is called Positive Stereotypes Are Hurtful, Too by Hailey Yook. Basically, the essay is talking about how stereotypes that are positive can be offensive and humiliating as well. She gave an example on Asians being assumed that all of them are smart. That is one of the biggest stereotypes that exists, and she goes on to explaining that the fact that Asians are labeled smart, it would really affect the whole group/race to be pressured to actually be smart just because people think that Asians are all smart. Her essay is informing people that stereotypes hurt, there are differences between complimenting someone and being offensive in a way to someone. I felt that this essay is really relatable as I am Asian myself, and I feel pressured when a person of another race looks at me because they expect me to be so smart and to achieve well in academics. However, in reality, I am not too good in academics. So, stereotyping isn’t such a nice thing to do. This essay really woke me up and made me realize that people do feel the same way that I do.

  • Some people stereotype Chinese students as rich
  • It would make us feel bad whether its negative or positive

Serena, Wendy, and Abelle:

Based on Hailey Yook’s essay “Positive Stereotypes Are Hurtful, Too”, it talks about how stereotypes can be hurtful to people who are judged only by certain elements. Yook provides an example that Asians are assumed to be smart, and that is what people who stereotype them expect Asians to be. Even though the stereotype can seem nice, it can be hurtful. Basically, stereotypes are something that people expect others to be, and if they don’t prove to be right then they won’t say that we are who we actually are. Serena gave an example of how she experience that some people stereotype Chinese students as rich people, so everyone would assume that they only care about money and etc. So stereotyping to our group is normal, because we experience it a lot and some of us feel pressured to live up to the expectations of others and not ourselves.


Feb 24: In-Class Writing Response

  1. Do you agree that universities have the same obligation to uphold diverse
    voices that you might expect of our government? Why or why not?

    • I agree that universities have the same obligation to uphold diverse voices that I might expect of the government. Because I believe that universities prepare us for the future, and that university is a place of ‘freedom of speech’ as we are here as mature “adults” and we are at the age where we should know how to speak and when to speak. Knowing what to speak however, is different, which is what university prepares us for. And nowadays, diversity is a huge part of our future lives, and Bloomberg (2014) noted that diversity is definitely important. He states that “Diversity of gender, ethnicity, and orientation is important. But a 29 university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous. In fact, the whole purpose of granting tenure to professors is to ensure that they feel free to conduct research on ideas that run afoul of university politics and societal norms.” (pg. 105) People all of the same kind can lead something to ruin as there is no creativity or no differences in making something work. This is why I believe universities have the same obligation, as it is where we train ourselves to respect each other and prepare of whats to come.

Feb 22: In-Class Writing

  1. CS; The chickens on campus play a famous role for our school. They make us unique.
  2. R; What if the chickens laid eggs, and hid them somewhere? They would get left behind.
  3. CS; The chickens bring laughter to our students. Without them, we would be an ordinary school.
  4. CS; I remember after my first class I was leading out to the bookstore. Unfortunately, I stepped on the chickens’ dump.
  5. R; Right now there are many chickens living freely on campus: However, many professors don’t want chickens.
  6. R; Chickens should not be allowed to live freely on campus, for they cause stinky odors, make noise, and no one wants to clean up after them.
  7. R; Anytime students want to lie down on the lawn, they need a place that looks clean and have fresh air; Therefore, they cannot take a nap or study.
  8. C
  9. R; During the time that students are in the lab, the chickens make a lot of noise the students won’t focus to do their job.