March 31 In Class Writing (Anne and Cangqing)

We both somewhat agree with Navneet Alang. We both utilize digital devices daily and we acknowledge the impacts they have on our lives. We related to her in the sense when she said that she used Alexa and how we use Siri. They can’t totally replace humans but they do seem to assist us in ways that is similar to humans which can still offer the support someone needs if they want someone to talk to. We both believe that since technology is always evolving, it will always find it’s way into our daily lives and so we can’t help but to evolve with it. Due to the coronavirus, there has been a lot of reasons to do things online. Although there are some setbacks to doing school online than in person, there have been some interesting developments in technology in and out of what we can use for school. So on one note, we all have developed better understanding of how to use technology such as zoom or other video calling methods. And because of this, we may have also learned to explore and discover different tips and tricks while using the computers and laptops since we are having to use them more often. Outside of school, technology has developed such as the development with an IPM machine which uses a high performance computer to help researchers form new treatments for the coronavirus. As well as utilize another technological advancement of an Abbott device which can help detect the COVID-19  virus in people in as little as 5 minutes. Even though such equipment is expensive and not so open for public use, they still signify development in our digital devices that have been made for current times and the future which shows the overall need of evolving technology.


3/24 In Class Writing

On my path through individual learning, I have come across times when my class, culture, and race have affected it. I remember when I was back in high school, every year they made students from freshmen to juniors fill out a paper of classes they wanted to take for the next year. They always said that those who turned it in sooner and fully completed would allow the counselors to get a head start in creating the schedule which would be beneficial when wanting to get a seat in a class that was limited. I completed and turned mine in early because I always planned my classes beforehand and so I knew which classes I wanted to take. The following summer, the was one week before school would start and I received my new schedule for the semester. When I was looking at it, I found that I didn’t get all the classes I wanted. I then remembered that I had the same counselor as my older brother and that she did the same to him in terms of not getting him the classes he wanted. I remember that when my mom went to talk to the counselor about his schedule, she persisted in finding out how students are chosen to get into a class and unfortunately my mom was informed that she put in students that were white first and that minority students were always found in these situations. My mom was very upset and mad that a counselor, a minority herself, would allow such things to happen at a school in this day and age (even though it was only a couple years ago). Because of the same counselor not getting me the class I wanted and saying that all seats were full even when I turned in my papers early and I had a friend in the class say that it wasn’t so full, I wasn’t able to take my fourth class of Spanish and so I couldn’t take the biliteracy test. It was pretty disappointing as it was my senior year and I wanted to be fully prepared for college.

Within my family, my individual learning was affected because they had always set standards/expectations that they wanted me to meet. To think about how much I would disappoint them if I didn’t work hard was what made me constantly try hard in school. Because of them, I mainly stayed at home and studied.

March 3 In Class Writing

Food and social class have this connection where American’s eating habits and food selections are shaped by class and social contexts. We may all think that we are making our own decisions when it comes to choosing what we eat and how it affects our bodies, but in reality, our choices are influenced by the actions and words of others that we see everyday. The reason why we chose what we eat is due to our knowledge of what they do for us. If we have a lot of knowledge of a certain food being unhealthy and leading to the opposite body type that we want, then we are less likely going to eat it. So is the same in vice versa. When we know that there are foods out there that will benefit us and help us get to our desired body goals, then we are more likely to try it out and incorporate it into our daily lifestyle. However, eating healthy foods and achieving the looks we desire is not as easy as simply eating the right food. Proper exercise, drinking plenty of water, etc. are also important factors to consider. Acts of temptation are also a vary big factor. Most of the healthy stuff people should eat aren’t always delicious in ways were people would want to eat it all the time. We all have unique preferences for a variety of flavors in which healthy food doesn’t always belong. These temptations cause us to eat food that satisfy our taste buds even when they may be super unhealthy. Based on how much an individual is willing to control these unhealthy self pleasures may be the determining factor on how their body is affected.


Intro Paragraph

  •  something along the lines of above

First Paragraph

  • Eating healthy
  • Eating unhealthy
  • temptations
  • how body is affected

Second paragraph

  • Judgment in society
  • Celebrities
  • goals

Third Paragraph


Feb 27 Reflective Writing

From the visuals presented in “Scenes and Un-Scenes” of various depictions of Thanksgiving, the first visual more closely resembled my typical Thanksgiving experience. The visual had a family sitting at a table with the traditional Thanksgiving food being prepared in front of them. They served a large turkey with sides such as vegetables and fruit. My Thanksgiving resembled this visual most because my family always eats together at the table. We usually don’t get turkey but rather we get ham or chicken. Our sides are usually whatever leftovers we have or maybe a second choice of the main course. however, my family isn’t as big as the one that was shown and we usually all have to help setting up the tables and preparing the food. Nonetheless, our Thanksgiving dinner is full of content and we have a good amount of food to be thankful for.

The visual that least resembles my experiences is the one where there are U.S. troops having a Thanksgiving meal in a different country. This was done to represent their patriotic side and commemoration to the holiday. I connect least to this visual because I have never been in a different country while Thanksgiving occured and I don’t have any member who are involved in the army. It was a good visual but not one I could relate to.

Feb 27 In Class Discussion (Anne and Michelle)

The relationship between food and social class/politics can be shown through the example of food desserts. Food deserts aren’t areas that have no food, but rather are areas that lack healthy food options for the people living in that area. They are usually apparent in low income/impoverished areas and currently affect up to about 23.5 million peo0ple in the United States. These circumstances make it harder for the residents to keep up a healthy diet therefore making the obesity rate in those areas higher compared to other parts of America. This being said, diabetes becomes more concurrent which can also lead to increased death rates. Unhealthy processed food is cheaper to get than fresh produce so they are more likely to be in areas that are poorer. This shows how one’s social status can affect what and how they eat. In this case, the less money an individual or a community has, the less quality food they can obtain.


Prendergast, Megan, and Spoon University. “The Shocking Truth About Food Deserts and American Obesity.” Spoon University, 23 July 2015,

Feb 25 In Class Reflection

The foods more common in my family/culture are can range from a variety of food but if I had to pick then I would probably say that it is traditional Filipino food. This is because my family chooses to cook food rather than buy it and since both of my parents are originally from the Philippines, they know how to cook various Filipino food. They do represent our social and cultural status in society because as the saying goes, “we are what we eat”. I am Filipino and I enjoy the Filipino foods more often than I enjoy the American foods even though I was born and raised in America. Our food in the house is often plentiful which I guess shows how my family is financially stable and chooses to engage in our culture.

Foods and eating habits contribute to the formation of social norms and identities in my culture/place because they can define what your personal tastes are. They can also give away how financially stable or how healthy an individual is. Due to this difference in tastes, it also represents how everyone has unique opinions and preferences that can connect or differ to others. And in a sense, this can be a factor as to how the people in society group themselves up and interact with each other. When we are well fed, we will be more energetic and less grumpy. The opposite would result in the individual being more hungry and irritated. What and eat and how we eat is all dependent on the setting and the situation. A good example would be the one as mentioned in the reading. We will dress and eat differently when eating in McDonalds compared to eating at a relative house for a Thanksgiving meal or even a fancy French restaurant. Another note to add is that by eating food related to our cultures, we tend to display our individual cultures as well.

Feb 25 In Class Writing (Anne and Michelle)

  1. “Reaching out to faculty and peers for academic and cultural support and regular participation at social events become key factors to help international students mitigate culture shock in U.S. colleges and universities.” (Gebhard, p. 23, 2010).
  2. (H. Mar, personal communication, June 30, 2011).
  3. Simpson, J. C. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of culture shock, Time. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database on Feb. 9, 2007.
  4. Randall, W. (2005, March). Going to teach prisons: culture shock, Journal of Correctional Education. 56, 1 (pp. 19-38). Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database on December 15, 2010.
  5. Mack, T. (1997, May). Culture shock, Forbes, p. 188-90.

Feb 20 In Class APA Activity (Anne and Michelle)

  1. “Reaching out to faculty and peers for academic and cultural support and regular participation at social events become key factors to help international students mitigate culture shock in U.S. colleges and universities.” (Gebhard, p. 23, 2010).
  2.  Mar, Helen.
  3.  Simpson C., Janice


Feb 20 In Class Writing

Almonds critique of football violence is very bold and straightforward. He makes it very clear that he has strong connections to the sport and justifies his claims with undeniable facts. He is also very persuasive in having readers understand his point of view. Nobody can deny that there is a lot of people who enjoy watching a sport that can likely lead to an individuals mental and physical harm, yet, nobody questions it because it is simply the nature of the game. So, Almond wrote an essay to bring more awareness to what the audience of football are really watching and what they should be conscious about. Almond does recognize how popular the sport is and he isn’t trying to persuade people to stop watching or promoting the sport. He simply wants to make clear the dangers of the sport and how it actively affects players.

Even though I do understand how football has many negative qualities and why Almond would want to bring more awareness to it, I feel like most if not all people already know the consequences of football but choose to accept it as nobody is being forced to play and it is pure fun with compensation to players. Everyone, whether consciously or subconsciously, knows the nature of football. I feel like unless there is evidence that the sport is becoming more harsh and is leading to more injuries or even death, then there should be good reasoning for people to stop the sport. Otherwise, what reason is there to stop an enjoyable sport with willing players. Football fan culture is also very big and strong. There are so many “die-hard” fans and football is one of the bigger sports in high schools. I feel like football is essentially America’s sport and you can’t live in America without being exposed to it in some way shape or form. Football had found its way to clothes, personalized on foods and drinks, advertised widely, and so much more that one can’t help finding out about it. Super Bowl Sundays are no joke that it is almost considered a holiday where people will even take off work just to watch. If not the football, its the halftime shows. Nonetheless, football culture is everywhere.

Feb 18 In Class Writing

I feel like at some point, everyone has felt “tokenized” because of their external or physical appearance. It is usually how apparent an individual is “tokenized” that varies between different types of people. I don’t directly know what people initially think about me but one time I had asked my friends and they said how I seemed like a quiet person who didn’t want to be bothered. So in a way, I seemed unapproachable. Over time, they realized how different I was in comparison to how they initially saw me because I was actually one of the more bubbly and talkative members of the group until this day. I do realize that when I am alone, I am very quiet and reserved but when I am around people that I know and am comfortable with, then my personality tends to become more outgoing. I feel like this is the same for a lot of people. And since I am a girl and am very small, I tend to think that people don’t really mind me.

I have come to the conclusion that everyone is “tokenized” at some point because it is just everyone’s nature to judge someone whether out loud or in their head. In many instances with my friends, we may see someone or a group of people and already start to make assumptions about the type of people they are. Sometimes they are good or sometimes they are negative. In other cases, our initial thoughts can be from rumors that have not been proven true. Although It is a common saying to “not judge a book by its cover” the phrase was essentially made because so many people tended to naturally do it. So unfortunately, I believe that everyone has some sort of experience being “tokenized” even if they don’t recall it themselves. I think it’s part of ourselves to judge others and create hunches as a form of protecting ourselves to see if that person is “okay” to talk to. For example, we might see a large man in dark clothes and automatically think to avoid this person. This is because he “tokenized” him for his appearance. Although “tokenizing” someone isn’t right or fair, it is simply a natural action.

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