The assignment asks students to make a short audio essay(three minutes or less) reflecting on issues of students’ identity, culture and racial stereotypes. Some of the challenges I might face completing this assignment are pronouncing word correctly and editing the audio. I have never created an audio essay, so I do not have any clue how this is going to turn out. When I write an essay, I do not need to speak, however in audio essay, I have to be pronouncing words correctly to make the audience understand. Also, editing the work is going to be difficult for me. I have never done sound editing, and I do not know what to expect. Personally, I listen to music a lot, but I am sure this is a totally different thing.
After reading about Velloso’s writing strategies, Yushan thinks there are three important parts to write a fine piece of writing. The first factor is to be brave to pick a topic. There is no right or wrong to the topic, the topic does not have to be popular, but it must exist. The second part is to pick the topic, Yushan claims choosing moments that altered author’s life is the most primary. The last one is to think of stories that would illustrate the points one is trying to make. Regarding the U.S being called “The melting pot”, Yushan thinks this is truth. In Yushan’s writing class, there are kids from different countries. They all have different cultures, but there is no divisions. Yushan adds on with an example, San Francisco having China town, Japan town, and Korean town. These towns show that people in the U.S enjoy these cultures.
Ming, Yuanqi, Santa
Refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her home country. People seeking to enter the U.S as refugees are processed overseas. As part of the process, they asked a series of questions, including their religious affiliation. When their application get approved, refugees travel to the U.S to be resettled by nonprofit groups. There are also places called asylum, which is the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee. The UN decide the most vulnerable cases and refer them for resettlement. They immediately gets eliminated from the list if they have committed a violent crime. The UN only refers those whose life, liberty or health are at significant risk.
A lot of refugees choose the U.S to be the place for resettlement. This is because the U.S has a bigger number of acceptance, and the U.S already has all the ethnicities, so it is easier for refugees to fit in. In 2017, about 26,000 refugees lived in asylum.
One of the major issues refugees in the U.S face is the difficulty in learning the language. Since almost all of the refugees are from countries where people do not speak English, they have hard time adjusting to speaking English. The other problem refugees face is to raise their children. Since refugees are from other countries, it is hard for the parents to raise their children in a totally new culture. Moreover, they experience bullying and discrimination in school due to the cultural differences.
My full name is Santa Takahashi. My last name literally means high bridge in Japanese. When people started to have last name in Japan, it was pretty rare and special to have a bridge in the town. People usually picked their last name from where they live, so having my last name meant having high social status. My first name, Santa, was given to me by my parents. I received this name, because I was born on Christmas. My first name is pretty weird and rare, but I have never been embarrassed by my name. Moreover, I am actually so grateful I have this name, because I ended up coming to United States for school, and my name is one of the easiest names to remember. I have made a bunch of friends through making jokes about my name. Therefore, I have not changed my name or adopted a new name, and I would never change my name.
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