Friday, October 31, 2014

K-Pop Blog!

Na aula de português, nós fizemos um projeto “mundo para o meu mundo”. Nesse projeto, cada aluno deveria escolher um assunto que representasse a sua cultura. Por isso, muitas pessoas escolheram artistas plásticos e cantores famosos do seu país de origem. Eu escolhi o K-pop que é um tipo de música feita por jovens e para as crianças e os jovens. As músicas e as danças desses grupos do K-pop têm como objetivo o entretenimento, ou seja, as letras das músicas não são profundas, não tratam de temas importantes como racismo, etc. Portanto, o objetivo é divertir os fãs. Para isso, os artistas apresentam músicas e danças que não são típicas da cultura coreana tradicional. Pelo contrário, é possível ver uma grande influência das bandas americanas. No entanto, a coreografia é muito mais relevante no K-pop. Tanto que normalmente, os cantores não têm voz muito boa. Por isso, muitos usam a tecnologia para melhorar a qualidade da voz e durante a gravação dos clipes, eles dublam as músicas. Outro diferença com as bandas americanas é que o K-pop tem grupos de quatro a dez pessoas. Quando as bandas têm meninas, elas representam um lado feminino da mulher: a maquiagem é muito bem feita, as roupas não têm um apelo sexual como nos Estados Unidos. No entanto, elas têm que ser muito magras e têm que ter a aparência de uma boneca.
Apesar do grande sucesso das bandas de K-pop na Coreia e no mundo asiático, na minha opinião, elas não representam jovens coreanos porque os artistas são “fabricados”, ou seja, tudo é feito para vender como se eles fossem um produto a ser consumido. Nos shows, os cantores seguem um roteiro, portanto nada é natural. Muitas pessoas acreditam que a vida desses artistas é muito desregrada porque eles dormem muito pouco (como 6 horas por semana!!) e fazem muitos shows. Tudo isso faz com que as pessoas pensem que eles usam drogas e fazem “strip dance”. Dessa maneira, ninguém conhece a personalidade verdadeira deles. Por essa razão, os artistas têm que cuidar muito da imagem.  Por exemplo, as empresas de K-pop não permitem que os cantores namorem entre eles. Por isso, quando eles se apaixonam, têm que usar disfarces para se encontrar.
Concluindo, gosto do K-pop porque é divertido mas não me vejo representada por eles embora, na Coreia esses cantores façam parte da cultura.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What did I learn from my peer review?

What I learned from my peer review was how peer review really helped my understanding of what was essay and how it was. For example, I learned how many "and" I used, and also figured out which vocabulary words I should change. Moving on, I also noticed how many literary devices/literary elements I used in the story even though I wasn’t keeping it in my mind at all. However, I didn’t really find the grading from the friends too helpful, due to the fact that, because we are all friends and everything I really didn’t want to give a harsh grade (well.. at the same time, my partner was actually really good). Due to that, I felt that everything other than that, also involving the plot diagram really helped in the peer review. Next time, I’ll definitely look out at how many words such as things, and, stuff, so, lot, etc. I am using!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Prisoner’s Dilemma Game


When playing the game, all of our team were going by the negative side which was choosing red, so our points went to negative all of a sudden. Yes, I found myself motivated by winning, and kind of a desire for everyone to win. Later on, when the two leaders made an agreement to keep choosing blue, I didn’t quite believe it was going to happen. I knew that one of the two groups were going to betray and just try to win. Well, that mind kind of changed when the other team kept choosing blue with us. I felt that everyone should win and get the cake. However, that definitely did not happen, and I guess I wasn’t too surprised about it. Due to that, I also wanted our team to betray by choosing red the whole time and just both of us losing. Yet, our team were really nice and all hearty and said that it was better to lose by saying the truth instead of lying and winning. That reminded me of the quote, “I'd rather hear an ugly truth, rather than an obscure lie.” Moving on, I didn’t know that there were only 7 rounds, so one of my choice was to keep them winning and get close to 20, and then once they are really close, just let them keep falling by choosing red all the time. I knew that doing this would make them feel really annoyed, etc. Overall, while playing this game, I learned that humans are all about winning, or making others feel bad, and this is exactly the reason why I tell myself not to fully trust someone unless they are your family. (Wow.. I feel so negative writing this :P)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Core Values for Science!

Core Values I am good at:
To start off, I believe that the core value I am good at during science class is responsibility, as well as innovative. To prove this point, I always came to class on time, finished my works, and tried to take notes during class whenever I could. Furthermore, I always try to be positive, and honest to everyone and sometimes strive to make a difference in the lives of others and the community. Moving on, I could say that I try to be innovative. Meaning that I am engaged in creative and imaginative thinking to extend the learning in insightful way. For example, to say that truth, science wasn’t one of my favorite subject, and I just did not like it at all. However, this idea kept changing little by little as I grew up. Now-a-days I sometimes find science really fascinating, and different now that I learned more about it. Yet, the more I learn about it, the more questions I have in my mind. In conclusion, even if I think I am good at these core values, I am still going to try to work more on it! :)

Core Values I need to work on:
I really do think that I need to work on curiosity during Science class. For example, ask more questions, since in my opinion, I don’t really ask questions. Instead, I try to figure them out by myself, which isn’t a bad thing, however, sometimes, I should ask questions. Such as asking questions during class. This also kind of ties to risk taking. Yet, I believe that what I could do is ask at least one question every class. At times, I am kind of afraid of being wrong, which I should definitely try to erase in my mind. I heard that getting some answers wrong, is another way of learning. Moreover, I remember in 7th grade, when Mr.Broderick actually wanted us to get some answers wrong. He got really happy when we didn’t know what it was, and got it wrong. I thought that was really funny, however learned that I shouldn’t be afraid to do it. Mentioned above, I talked about how I had more questions when I learned more about it in my mind. Due to that, I will hopefully try to ask more questions during class, or even afterschool!