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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.

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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.

Outline:

  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
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Feb 4

Main Expectations:

  1. Explain my own experiences of facing issues of identity, culture, and a racial stereotype which helps reflect a deeper understanding of these issues.
  2. Using new media tools to tell our story.
  3. The time limit of this assignment is 3 minutes.
  4. It should be appealing to the audience.

Challenges:

  1. Not familiar with this new method of writing as well as the use of multi-media.
  2. It requires a lot of creativity and artistic elements to make it more complete.
  3. Thinking of an experience that is valuable and attractive to share.
  4. The tone and emotions when recording the audio.

Plan to address these challenges:

  1. Get myself familiar with the tools by watching tutorials online and asking peers for help.
  2. Spend more time to ponder and discuss with others whether that experience is a great topic for this assignment.
  3. Polish the finishing assignment beforehand.
  4. Practice makes perfect.

General thoughts, comments, and questions about this assignment:

  1. Interesting and innovative assignment because I have never done anything similar before.
  2. It provides a great opportunity for us to reflect and share our experience when facing problems regarding our race, culture, or identity in society.
  3. It is going to be challenging.
  4. Wary about there is too much or too little to talk to.

Discussion on the reading:

I don’t remember that neither my family, friends or I have experienced racial discrimination before, mostly because we are the majority ethnic group in Hong Kong. However, in our community, even though we have been promoting racial equality for a long period of time, racial discrimination continues to exist in every aspect. Hong Kong has attracted lots of emigrants from south-east Asia, lots of them are from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, because of its prosperity and safety. Also, it is common for us to hire maids from the Philippines and Indonesia to do the chores. However, from what I have observed, the majority of Hong Kong people have yet to treat them equally as others. For instance, when we are traveling on the bus or train, whenever an Indian or Pakistan stand or sit near us, most people would move away from them due to their body smell. Another example is that we often disdain against South-East Asian emigrants because they are being accused of having multiple connections with triads and committing crimes, similar to what Cadogan experienced in the state, and so some of them are so wary of their behavior. Hence, since I was a child, I was told not to enter their neighborhood in order to keep myself away from crimes and my life safe. While the maids are doing all the chores and dirty-work for us, in some families, they are treated as if they are slaves rather than a member of the family. Over-time working, unreasonable requests, or not providing a room or even a bed for them to rest. It is disgusting to see how we chanted and educated our next generation of racial equality in one hand and discriminating against others because of their race or occupation on the other.

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January 30th

After reading Kenneth’s response to the class readings, I found that we both share are a lot of similar ideas but with slight differences.

-Similarities:

  1. People tend to stick with others who share similar hobbies or interests and form a community.
  2. People with the same ethnicity will share the same interest and culture that binds them together and also make them feel comfortable.
  3. Everyone or every society is reluctant to embrace cultural diversity.
  4. Both of us could feel the struggle about Vance’s experience and observation as he was working as a cashier.

-Differences:

  1. Kenneth believes that it is inevitable for people are more willing to connect with others who share the same culture and background. But I consider that all it takes is courage and some support for people to step out of their comfort zone to promote cultural diversity.

In his reponse, Kenneth states that he shares a similar financial status as Vance and so he clearly understands the struggles and resentment that Vance experienced while he was working as a cashier. With that in mind, our own personal experience or social status would more or less affect how we connect with the author. If the readers or respondents have a similar situation to the poor, they may consider that their behavior is “normal” and would not criticize the government system.

 

Cultural Bloopers:

  1. Asians are good at Math
  2. Asians must get As in school
  3. Foreigners sending clocks as a gift to Chinese.
  4. Chinese eats rice and noodles for every meal.
  5. Everyone in China plays and is good at table tennis
  6. Cantonese and Mandarin are the same languages.

 

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Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is Gordon, and I am a freshman majoring in business management. I am from Hong Kong and have been studying and residing there nearly my entire life. One of my hobbies is traveling around the world. In the past years, I have been to Taiwan, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia etc. However, out of all these countries I have traveled to, my favorite one is definitely Italy because the food there is amazing and it is just a fascinating place to visit all those cultural heritages and to learn more about the history of human civilization. Another hobby that I have is watching and playing soccer. I am a die-hard fan of Arsenal, a team in London, which I have been supporting since the age of 8. While they may not be the best team in the premier league in presence, I have faith that one day we will return and dominate the league and around Europe. One fun fact about me is that as I am born and raised in Hong Kong, I am a “trilingual”¬† as I can speak Cantonese, Mandarin (Putonghua) and English fluently.

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