In-Class Writing Mar 31

(Individual response)

After re-reading Navneet Alang’s essay, I believe he brings out an important message that human is continually relying on social media as an outlet for expressing our own ideas or emotions toward certain issues. It is because sometimes it may be difficult for people to find somebody to chat physically and social media platforms is a great way to let others listen to our opinion more easily. Even though sometimes we may “fake” our identities online in order to make ourselves more appealing and seize their attention, it is just a method to connect us with the people. Through communicating with others, it also presents a sense of comfort as well as deepens our understanding of ourselves. Hence, to me, I feel like it is inevitable that we may not present the “unfavorable” side of us, while all of us must possess it.

To cope with the COVID-19 virus, as most of us are under self-quarantine when we return home or maintain social-distancing, we are spending lots of more time online, especially social media or online forums, to kill time and to maintain some connections with our friends and families members. For teens, it is certainly painful for them to stuck at home 24 hours a day and not having fun at school or dealing with a hefty of academic work, even though they still have to spend time in online classing. Thus, they are more active in social media to entertain themselves and to spread positivities to friends and others, such as completing a certain challenge or bingo, mostly related to school or association. It certainly a way to cheer people up. Another way that netizens are doing is raising the awareness of the needy by sharing posts, pictures, or videos. For instance, a family facing food shortage or medics lacking protection gears. These kinds of messages are becoming viral online and through the power of the internet, we are more relatable to others and touched each others’ hearts. In return, those with wealth or resources will be more willing to give a hand to those in hardship and enhance the social cohesiveness eventually.


March 24th In-Class Writing

In what ways have class, culture, and race affected your individual learning? Discuss with examples their implication to your or your’s family life.

Seldom have I ever pondered about how these factors affect my learning? But now with this precious opportunity, I would say that social class has benefited my learning. I am born lucky to be living in a middle-class family which I have no fear about food, education, or a shelter. I get every necessity that I need. In Hong Kong, the standardized exam system, as known as DSE, The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, puts a great burden and pressure on all high school students as it is the only academic indicator that allows you to enroll in your favored programs. Unlike the US, we don’t require any extra-curricular activities or volunteering experience or even writing any essays to apply for college, this test determines whether we are “qualified” for those spots. As it is very competitive, almost every student will go for some tutoring classes after school in order to prepare for the exams, starting from year 10. I would say I am very fortunate and benefited from my class as I can afford to these tutoring sessions and classes regardless of the fees. However, some of the students in Hong Kong are not as lucky as I am, who are struggling with their academic results while they can’t afford to go to these sessions due to their family’s social-economic status. These types of learning really boost up my learning and exam results eventually.


3/3 Free Writing

To what extent does our popular culture encourage us to think about social class?

Popular culture largely influenced our viewpoints toward social class. Media and Government Propaganda control our ideas, minds,

Fat vs thin, ugly vs beauty, healthy vs unhealthy, rich vs poor, portraits under the lens, continuing on judging people, pressured, stressed, have certain stereotypes toward social classes and we must fit into it to make us look “normal”.

Do you think popular culture provides us with an accurate portrait of social class in America?

Portraits mostly about the life of the upper class, the ones who dominated the society with their wealth and resources. Life in the states are luxurious. Many problems are obsecure. Homeless, poor, black, asian, emigrants, their endeavor seldom mentioned.

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27Feb Reflective Writing

As I never celebrated Thanksgiving in my entire life, I would say that none of these portraits closely resemble or least resemble my experience. But based on what I perceived in the media, I feel like the first poster, the one that painted during World War 2, resembled most of a typical Thanksgiving experience because it has a signature dish, which is a roasted turkey, with all of the family members reunite and enjoy a feast together. Although this portrait is kind of ironic as most of the men were at war and so that most families couldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with their beloved ones, I still feel that this is more or less the most typical experience that the Americans have. The least familiar portrait is the one that the overseas stationed soldiers are sitting down and being included in the news report about them sharing turkey for dinner. I feel like they are so isolated from their home country as well as I sense that it is a type of hypocrisy portraited by the media and the government to illustrate that everyone is part of this country.


27th Feb In-Class Writing

Andrew Yi

Gordon Luk

By definition, a food desert is an urban area where it’s difficult to procure good quality or affordable foods. They are generally impoverished areas and they are viewed as a national crisis. This scenario mostly found in the minority areas (black and brown) where many people don’t have a car and so they don’t have access to the supermarkets or grocery stores for healthy food options. Moreover, poor areas tend to have fewer supermarkets and groceries store than rich neighborhoods.

Socio and economically, food deserts tend to come and go with the current economic situation at the time, for example during times of great economical stress there will be more food deserts in both urban and rural areas. In order to survive and save money, many residents in those neighborhoods tend to consume more unhealthy food or will just skip a meal as they have no access to healthy food in the nearby. It clearly brings a negative health impact on their health, especially harmful to the children. Consuming too much fringe food, unhealthy processed foods, is highly related to obesity which causes the government to spend about 100 billion dollars to solve related problems. Eating unbalanced diets are also linked to chronic health issues.

Reference List:

  1. Deener, A. (2017, March). Food Deserts: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions. Retrieved February 27, 2020, from https://www.tolerance.org/lesson/food-deserts-causes-consequences-and-solutions
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  3. Trimarchi, M. (2020, January 27). What’s a food desert? Retrieved February 27, 2020, from https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/food-desert.htm
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25th Feb Reflective Writing

I would say that one of the most iconic and common food in my culture is called Cha Chan Teng, which is basically a type of Hong Kong cafe that sells different kinds of dishes, from rice, noodles, to sandwiches and fried food. Its complexity and mixture of cuisine have shown that Hong Kong is a mixture of Western and Chinese culture. On one hand, we are used to eating rice and noodles as our main food source and that is mostly influenced by the Chinese or Asian Culture; On the other hand, as we were once a British Colony for 99 years, our precedents used their creativity to bring the western cuisine the public, who could barely afford to go to fine dining in the past. For instance, Hong Kong people would usually have “tea time” at around 3-4pm in the afternoon because the British started that first and then we followed. During tea time, we would usually grab a bun or sandwich and with a cup of coffee or tea. Another significant part for Cha Chan Teng to represent Hong Kong culture is that the dishes there are usually inexpensive and are served extremely fast, usually within 5-10 minutes. It is because most employees and students only have around an hour or so for their lunchtime and so most restaurants are demanded with efficiency and quickness in order to serve more customers while not wasting their time. It creates a big part of our social culture.


Feb 20 In-Class Writing

I think that the whole football community’s overemphasis on masculinity to bring pleasure has been a great concern and that I support Almond’s critique of football violence. It is very common to see players would celebrate and receive honor as long as they help the team wins and bring joy to the fans, regardless of how the way they win is brutal or violent. Almond pointed several examples to argue that while the NFL has gained as much as $5 million annually, they never protected about the players’ safety while the fans and supporters would omit the violence on the field but enjoy the fight and masculinity presented by the players. To me, it is unethical and immoral to support such sports any longer. Even though players are wearing protective gear to reduce their risk of injury, the prevalence of neurological injury and its negative impact has shown that they are not enough. Also, I believe that lots of the audience have never reflected on such an issue before because they are selfish and influenced by the community ambiance.   Moreover, I think that the football fan culture and the social norms promoted by such fanatic fandom is more or less controlled by the commercial industries. The more fierce the game played, the higher the topicality it will be and that will attract media to report the news as well as more people will start aware of this sport. For the players, in order to stay in the team and earn a big bag of money, they will do whatever they can to win the games and to meet the social expectations. More importantly, such culture will be inherited from generation to generation as when the children begin their interest in football and start training, they are very likely to have followed certain players as their idol, who is very likely to be involved in football violence as well. To follow their path and become successful in this field, they are very likely to imitate what their idol did and that will continue to foster this negative atmosphere in the future.


Feb 18 In-Class Writing


Challenge the stereotypes to come up with people with physical disabilities.

Challenge the cultural norms that disabled people are purely miserable and would be better off dead.

Having a purely intellectual debate about a controversial topic

Even people who are constantly in touch with physically disabled people may not understand the challenges that they would face in daily lives.


In-Class Blog Writing:

I think I have kind of felt “tokenized” when I first came to the United States because of my external appearance. Because I am more of an introverted person and I don’t like socializing all the time and when people first meet me, they may think that I am timid or afraid to speak in English because I am not a native speaker or so. However, I wouldn’t say that’s the case. While I am not actively engaging in school activities, whenever people reach out to me for the first time, they are pretty surprised that I am sort of humorous and fluent and proficient in English.  They made those assumptions mostly because I am an Asian and most of the time I just felt drained out in communication and so I would prefer listening to music with my earphones when I am out and enjoy my time.

Not only in the United States, but also back from Hong Kong, the place where I was born and lived, people would have the same perception on me which they mostly found out they were wrong after communicating with me for a while. They shared the same conclusion and they also found me a bit knowledgeable and lots to share because of my vivid life experience and that overturned their perception of me. Some people think I am lonely all the time who only spends time in my room and never hang out because of my daily routine. But mostly I think that’s unfair as I don’t think so. I would even consider that hanging out all the time is kind of exhausting and boring and I would prefer staying in my room, reading books or watching Netflix which sounds more fun to me.


11th February

First story:

Social or Political Protest seems to be prevalent all around the world, especially in the United States, a country that treasures human rights and freedom which allows the citizen to voice out their concern and urge for a change in a peaceful and democratic way. But have you ever participated in social unrest and protest that keeps going on for more than 8 months? That’s my story.

As you may have heard of the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, it all began on the 9th of June, 2019. Over a million people voice out their discontention and worry about the new law, afraid that our basic human rights and freedom would be depleted by the intervention of the Beijing Government, we marched on and hoped the government would listen to our opinion. However, it didn’t work out; They insisted on passing the law. As an active protestor and a caring citizen, I have been participating in numerous non-violent protests before. While it may not have any immediate effects, the government officials would listen and set up a certain policy to solve the problem. On the 12th of June, it is my first time to witness how the public voice out their dissatisfaction more aggressively, which was labeled as “riots” later on. Eventually, the government promised not to enact this law anymore, but it was 3 months later.

This shocking experience brought me to reflect my local identity. In the past, I was proud of being Chinese as we have a great culture, great civilization, and great history that influence the world. However, after this protest, I began to question whether I belong to








Second Story:

Studying abroad is tough, especially when you are leaving your hometown with no one to depend on. That’s my story.

Afraid of stereotypes depicted online and media, building relationship from scratch, encountering the cultural differences and shock between two places , more conserve vs more open-minded, Ace on academic vs balance life, missing my family and friend, sorrow and lonely, changes my personality,afraid of my English, local school, inferior.


6th February Free Writing

Cultural Identity? Racial discrimination?

Traveling: Choir in high school. Music, Taiwan, Shanghai, Canada, Singapore, US, Italy. Global exposure and perspective. Explore a variety of cultures through their performance and communicating with the people and observing their behaviors as well. Music instrument to look beyond my hometown. Increase my understanding of their culture, respect, experience, and fun. Learn a lot about their history of their people as well, such as the gossip pieces in the US reflects the African American torturing and slave, church music reflects how the Europeans worship and dominated/ruled by Catholic, Folk Song  Cherish my identity, learn more about myself, treasure the precious part of it, never forget the root

Hong Kong: Racial discrimination prevalence. South-East Asians and Mainlanders because of their behaviors and appearance. Mainlanders: Locusts, shopping all around, showing off they are prosperous

Social Class/ Racial discrimination: Inferior, belittled, Movie influence. Asians, lower social class because of white supremacy.

Me: Seldom got discriminated against because of my race or sexual orientation. Expose to different cultures a lot because I was fortunate enough to travel lots of places all around the world.


  1. Intro
    a) My connections with music, from the piano to the choir in high school.
    b) Best decisions that I have made before.
    c) It made me a global citizen and respect multi-culture.
  2. From music to how it shapes my personality and interest:
    a) Interact with people from the globe (expose me to all different cultures, from Italy to South Africa, from Canada to Taiwan)
    b) Music pieces reflect their culture and history. (Gossip Pieces African American Torture and Slave, Folk Song learn about the lives of the different nations, Church Music how Europe was heavily influenced and dominated by the Catholic Church)
    c) Learn a lot more about history and culture instead of reading from the textbook, wider perspectives
    d) A stage for gathering people from all around the world.
  3. Friendship Bonding Competition