In Class Writing – Apr28


  1. What skills you may learn & develop when working on this assignment (essay 4)?
  2. What challenges you may face when working on it?
  3. How you plan to organize your essay?


  1. What I may learn and develop are: summarizing multi-page text and synthesize information from multiple related texts, both orally and in writing (reading), paraphrasing, quoting, and citing skills. (academic skills), skill of using the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing) in a multiple draft assignment, to improve iterations (writing), follow with skill of writing coherent texts with topic sentences and supporting details in order to describe, narrate, report and inform (writing), skill to make an argument using different types of support (e.g., description, narration, report, inform)(writing), and finally the skill to recognize and correct some common grammatical and mechanical errors in written texts (writing).
  2. The challenges that I may face might be to combine all different sources together, in order to make one good essay organization, explaining all the important aspects regarding the topic. Other than that, I am looking forward for this assignment, since the topic is relevant and also crucial nowadays.
  3. My plan for the essay’s organization would be to follow the APA format, begin with introduction, body, and conclusion. In the introduction part, I will briefly explain the thesis statement with transition to the body. In the body, I would explain the topic with points and include visuals to support each point, and finally to conclusion. I want to make it simple yet effective, powerful, and understandable for the readers.

In Class Writing – Apr26

  1. The reality show follows the lives of Bruce and Kris Jenner’s combined family; most of the episodes focus on the three oldest daughters: Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian.
  2. Bruce Jenner was famous for his breaking the world record, and winning a gold medal in the deca at the 1976 Olympics; his sons from his previous marriage, Brandon and Brody, have also appeared on their reality shows.
  3. The Kardashian’s father, the late attorney, Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J. Simpson; however, his daughters gained recognition as American socialites.
  4. Kim came into the national spotlight in 2007, after a sex-tape scandal and resulting Playboy appearance; as a result, the Kardashians fame grew into a profitable reality series.
  5. The show depicts the daily routine of the Kardashians, and features Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe attempts to build their line of fashion boutiques.
  6. The Kardashians’ behavior at first seemed outrageous, but they are a loving family.
  7. The Kardashians squabble like typical siblings; however, Kris, the mother, holds the family together.
  8. Kim’s $10 million wedding to pro basketball player, Kris Humpries, in 2011was seen by an estimated 10.5 million viewers; unfortunately, the marriage lasted only 72 days.

In Class Writing – Apr24

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Ini Kisah Tiga Dara ( The Story of Three Dara )

The Story of Three Dara is an Indonesian musical drama directed by Nia Dinata, a very famous Indonesian film director, and was released on September 1, 2016. The film is inspired by the musical drama of Indonesian legendary director Usmar Ismail’s Three Dara. This film has the same story theme with Three Dara, but there are some story changes to adjust the present condition, specifically about women.


Ever since the mother died, Three Dara were brought by their father, Krishna, to east of Flores in a small seaside town. They built a beautiful boutique hotel, to continue the ideals of the mother. Gendis (32), the first child, has a passion for cooking. All her energies are devoted to culinary affairs. Ella, 28, who is both sociable and friendly, choose to be the head of the public relations and marketing department. Bebe (19), the third child, intelligent, outspoken, and free-spirited. Bebe is also closest to the local people. She often volunteers teaching children in the local elementary school.


The most important aspect of this movie is that it shows the power of women and how women can be leaders in their field of choice. I think this is a very powerful movie, knowing that in Indonesia, inequality can still be seen, even though the majority of the society already knows how women should be seen and treated ideally. However, this film represents Indonesian women as a driving force to success in achieving balance in life. Each female character has their own unique gift, but most importantly they are not limited by stereotypes and conservative thinking, making them equal as men, and equal to deserve the very best things in life as a human being. In conclusion, this movie represents women power and also a proof that women are subjects and leaders, not an object by any means.


Apr19 – Idioms

5 favorite idioms:


Feel Like a Million Dollars

I just had a nice haircut with a suit and tie, makes me feel like a million dollars.

Money talks

Unfortunately, money talks in this modern world.

In black and white

The document needs to be in black and white.

A walking encyclopedia

Kendrick Lamar is like a walking encyclopedia, reflected on his songs.

In someone’s shoes

Always put yourself in someone’s shoes if you want everyone to respect you.


Apr19 – In Class Assignment


For a long time, my stepson, Jonathan, was unhappy to have me as part of his family, for he resented that he didn’t have both biological parents at home. I tried to get to know him better, but he would complain that I invaded his privacy. As a newcomer, I understand that our relationship requires effort from both of us. It was not enough that I was 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.


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 appear 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 hangs on the wall as an artistic piece (Mangelsdorf, 2013, p. 411)

Group Video Essay

Video Essay: Business Major

Type: Narrative with illustrations


  • What is business and business major in general
  • Why freshmen should take business major
  • Outcomes and future career from business major
  • Professional view points on business major


  • Short introduction on USF & School of Management with list of business majors available
  • Why freshmen should take business major in USF
  • Why San Francisco
  • Professor and students interview on business major and why freshmen should take business major in USF


  • Summary

Mar29 – Group In Class Writing

( Flora ) China:

In China, most women tend to have career before married, but after they married, the wife usually works on the household only. Right now is different, women have career and financial income independently. Men in China still have career, but the situation is different, in a sense that role of both men and women changes. Women is somehow more powerful than men career wise. Compared to women, men still have more number career-wise. It is still illegal when we talk about marriage equality, and it is still odd or taboo to perform such way. In the past, women should remarry when they are divorced or being a single mother. Right now, it is acceptable to be a single mother, as long as they can provide financial support to their children

( Serene ) Malaysia:

In Malaysia’s culture, they do not have limitation on roles in terms of having a career. Both men and women can pursue their career as an individual. Knowing that Malaysia is a Moeslim country, marriage equality is still banned and illegal to perform, according to their laws and policies that are based on Islamic culture. Also, the society itself cannot accept this condition, so it is still very different compared to Solnit’s essay “More Equal Than Others.”

( Ilias ) Indonesia:

In Indonesia, traditionally, men are responsible in financial aspect to support their family, and women tend to do the household work. As time goes by, both men and women have the same right to pursue their career nowadays. There are a lot of women, supporting their family by doing full-time or part-time job. In terms of marriage equality, since Indonesia is dominated by the influence of Islam, it is still taboo and unacceptable to perform an official same-sex marriage. However, nowadays, there are a lot of people expressing themselves as gay or lesbian, and it is acceptable in the society. What is illegal is only the official marriage equality, not into details of forbidding individuals to express their sexual preferences in public.


Ilias Papadimitriou

1. Barong Dance

The Barong play represents a fight between good spirit and evil spirit. Barong is a mythological animal that represent a good spirit and Rangda is a mythological monster that represent an evil. The Barong Dance is probably the most well-known dance in Bali, Indonesia. Barong dance is performed when there is illness or misfortune in the village and there is therefore intended to dispel this “evil forces”.

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2. Wayang Kulit ( shadow puppet show )

Wayang kulit is a traditional puppet shadow play found in the culture of Java, Bali, and Lombok, Indonesia. Wayang kulit is among the best known, offering a unique combination of ritual, lesson and entertainment on our daily life as a human being.


Xizhe Sun

Chinese Spring festival

1. Cleaning and Purchasing
Chinese always clean every corner of the house, it is a tradition. After cleaning, people always buy some new clothes. This behavior means people are getting ready for a new start.

2. Pasting the “Fu”
The character “Fu”, meaning good fortune or happiness, is used to express people’s good wishes and yearning for the future, so people usually paste it gates or some furniture in the house during the Chinese New Year.

3. Red Envelope
Red Envelope, is prepared for children by adults and the elderly and given after the reunion dinner. In folk culture, the children will live safe and sound for the whole year if they get lucky money.


Rishab Khanna

Food culture of india

The traditional food of India has been widely appreciated for its fabulous use of herbs and spices. Indian cuisine is known for its large assortment of dishes. The cooking style varies from region to region and is largely divided into South Indian & North Indian cuisine.

Bangali food- Bengali cuisine is appreciated for its fabulous use of panchphoron, a term used to refer to the five essential spices, namely mustard, fenugreek seed, cumin seed, aniseed, and black cumin seed.

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Gujarati Food
The traditional Gujarati food is primarily vegetarian and has a high nutritional value. The typical Gujarati thali consists of varied kinds of lip smacking dishes.
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Mughlai Cuisine
Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines, whose origin can be traced back to the times of Mughal Empire.
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Punjabi Food: The cuisine of Punjab has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes.
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South Indian Cuisine
The traditional food of South India is mainly rice based. The cuisine is famous for its wonderful mixing of rice and lentils to prepare yummy lip smacking dosas, vadas, idlis and uttapams.

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In Class Writing – Mar27

Qinfen Chen’s essay (Flora)

From her response, the main idea that she is trying to convey is how the essence of culture always strive to a positive purpose in life. She mentioned that in Chinese culture, it is a common phenomenon where the grandparents take responsibility for their grandchildren, and the parents are responsible for making money and fulfill their children’s live expenses. She also mentioned the contrast between new and old generation in terms of ways of thinking. She believes that as a new generation, we should set aside our selfish thought on life and we should always learn the moral values that our elders taught us, which are kindness and hardworking attitude to become a better person in our life. Personally, I think it is a really good way of thinking, knowing that every culture has their own essential values. In this modern age, those aspects can also be a reminder for us that we should never forget where we came from, because family and cultural aspects shaped us as a character, but most importantly, those aspects always lead us to a better purpose in life.

In Class Writing – March24

Identifying and understanding comments on Essay 1 :

1. What seems to have worked well ?

I have successfully made and understood the right organization for writing in APA style. I also used correct grammar and sentences with just few mistakes.

2. What needs to be improved and how ?

I just have to give some specific details and examples on some parts that were marked by the instructor, including little errors on grammar and run-on sentences.

3. What particular grammar aspect that you need to improve in your writing later ?

I just need to correct the use of s at the end of verbs, and also the use of have and has in the sentences.