Author Cormac McCarthy

Author Cormac McCarthy

1. What authors or genres of writing are cited as influencing McCarthy’s writing style?

 In the article, he mentions Faulkner the most, so I think Faulkner is his most looked up to writer. Faulkner is often recognized as the greatest American writer in American history, so maybe McCarthy wants to be in his level of writing. There was one quote that stood out. The quote says, “Cormac McCarthy has practiced the Joycean virtues of silence, exile and cunning more faithfully thatn any other contemporary author.” This basically says that he is a independent writer that does not get influenced by any other writer of his time.

2. How does McCarthy treat human characters in his story as opposed to landscape and animals like horses?

 In the first part of All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy dedicated one whole book to write about the background and the setting of the story. This is how important landscape and setting is to McCarthy. He writes endlessly about the landscape and also he talks a lot about the horses. The horses are an essential theme to the book and this shows how important these themes are compared to the human characters. Human characters are not that important  in his books and they are just figures to drive the plot of the story.

3. What type of dialogue does the article state McCarthy uses?

 The article says that his dialogue is long, descriptive, and realistic. He has a “deadly ear” for appropriate prose. He uses inaccurate punctuation and spelling to portray a realistic dialogue. However, after reading All the Pretty Horses, I don’t agree with the part saying his dialogue is long. I thought that his dialogue was very short and abrupt and non descriptive. I agree that it was realistic, using Spanish words and short sentences because the characters were not educated that well.

4. What is notable about his diction (word choice)?

McCarthy uses words out of the norm. Sometimes, he makes up his own words. These are called neologisms. In the article it says that he has a developed sense of wording from the history of English writing, “His diction and phrasing come from all over the evolutionary history of English and combine into a prose that seems to invent itself as it unfolds, resembling Elizabethan language in its flux of remarkable possibilities.”

Field Trip to the DMZ

April 29, 2009

When I first came to Korea during the summer of 2006, although I was a citizen of South Korea, I didn’t really know

Military Demarcation Line marker on the south side of the Bridge of No Return.

Military Demarcation Line marker on the south side of the Bridge of No Return.

 what was going on between North Korea and South Korea, except that they had a big war in the past and have been separated for quite sometime. I did  not know people would escape North Korea to come here. Now I’ve been here for almost three years now and I have a better understanding of what goes on.

This video was about a 20 year old girl that escaped from North Korea. Her name is Haejung, although it is not real because she doesn’t want the North Korean government to harm her family, who all still reside in North Korea. Haejung attends Hangyeore High School, a special boarding school that helps children from North Korea to adapt to a new style of life in South Korea. These children have no parents for guidance and have to grow up on their own. Teachers live in the school to point these children in the right direction and help them live a successful life. These students eat, live, sleep, and study in this school. It is basically their home because they have no where else to go.

U.S. and Korean soldiers monitor the Korean Demilitarized Zone

U.S. and Korean soldiers monitor the Korean Demilitarized Zone

These children go on annual trips to the DMZ to “visit” their parents and siblings that are still stuck in North Korea. For me, going to the DMZ is just another trip to see more of South Korea. However, to these children, this trip is just a fraction of revisiting their old homes. In the video, I remember them screaming to their parents that they miss them and want to see them. I was very touched by this part of the video. Screaming their hearts out and just maybe, their family members can hear his/her voice and letting them know that he/she is safe. I wonder how it feels for them to have a chance at improving their lives while their family members are still trapped in North Korea. I admire the kids that are able to go through this kind of suffering at such a young age.

Examples of Modernism

April 7, 2009

One of the major themes of modernism is architecture. The Empire State building is the tallest building in the world. In pre-modernism times, buildings probably would not even reach one-fourth the height of the Empire State Building. Because of new ideas, buildings like the Empire State Building can even touch the skies.

One of the major themes of modernism is architecture. The Empire State building is the tallest building in the world. In pre-modernism times, buildings probably would not even reach one-fourth the height of the Empire State Building. Because of new ideas, buildings like the Empire State Building can even touch the skies.

Another theme of modernism is artwork. Arguably known as one of the greatest painters of all time, Picasso created many pieces of artwork with a style that nobody has ever seen before. This is just one of his examples, using oddly shaped figures to shape the human body instead of using the traditional round curves to portray the human body.

Another theme of modernism is artwork. Arguably known as one of the greatest painters of all time, Picasso created many pieces of artwork with a style that nobody has ever seen before. This is just one of his examples, using oddly shaped figures to shape the human body instead of using the traditional round curves to portray the human body.

Dance is also another theme in modernism. The norm for pre-modernism times for dancing was the slow type of dancing with synchronized movements. However, modernism created new dancing styles, such as the tango, that has fast movements and has an irregular beat system that the people dance to. 

Dance is also another theme in modernism. The norm for pre-modernism times for dancing was the slow type of dancing with synchronized movements. However, modernism created new dancing styles, such as the tango, that has fast movements and has an irregular beat system that the people dance to.
Long time ago, females were only allowed to wear skirts and "non-male" clothing. Modernism changed the style of women, mostly wearing jeans instead of skirts. Taking a further step, there is now a blend of the two, jean skirts. Modernism has innovated the style of clothing and is still changing today. 
Long time ago, females were only allowed to wear skirts and “non-male” clothing. Modernism changed the style of women, mostly wearing jeans instead of skirts. Taking a further step, there is now a blend of the two, jean skirts. Modernism has innovated the style of clothing and is still changing today.

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Growing Up Online

January 15, 2009

#1 In what ways would you need to change your routine in order to disconnect yourself from all media (i.e. no TV, no Internet, etc.) What problems would you encounter if you unplugged for one day? One week? One month?

Well, it’s easier to say you are going to disconnect yourself from all media than doing it because media is everywhere in society today. In the homes, car, even in our pockets. Kids today are entrenched in their computer seats never leaving the area unless they have to go out of the house. The way I would try to limit myself from media would be finding physical activity to do. In my case, I would go to the recreation center and play basketball, which would be so much healthier and beneficial for my body. Another way would be to set a limit on the computer or watching television. Set a schedule to follow throughout or pick specific t.v. shows you would want to watch and watching only those, not any other random t.v shows.

#2 How many hours per week do you estimate you spend on Facebook or similar personal networking sites? What are the benefits and disadvantages of using these sites?

I rarely spend time on facebook. I spend about 10 minutes everyday on facebook so about 1 hour and 10 minutes of facebook in one week. The benefits is that you can reach out to anyone you want around the globe. It’s easy to stay in touch and its comfortable. Also, you can upload pictures and you can access yourself to these pictures. However, people you haven’t even met in your life can find out your information and “stalk” you.

#3 To what extent are you aware of viral marketing, the use of “advertorials” (presenting advertisements as editorial content), or direct marketing on Facebook and other social networking sites?

I know that sites have pop-up advertisements. I have a pop-up blocker application on my computer and I can allow pop-ups from certain sites that will allow the pop-ups I want. There’s even pop-up sites on instant messenger when chat boxes are automatically opened with the pop-up website automatically sent to people. I know these aren’t good sites so I just never click it, unless my friend says its a site I should see.

#4 Personal response based on your individual viewing of “Growing Up Online”.

As a teenager, I get annoyed when my parents ask me what I’m doing on the website or even asking for my password for my accounts for facebook or email. I know it’s because they are worried and they want to protect me, but I don’t think watching everything your child does is not a good way to protect your child. There are other ways such as a website blocker that blocks bad sites. Some people say that the internet should be cancelled and should not be allowe d for use. The benefits outweigh the negatives. Some benefits are that students can find informational sites and become educated better and people can keep connections with people that live far away from them. The internet is too important to take away and it just needs better filtering systems that will make the internet much safer for younger kids to use.

Hagwons in U.S.

December 11, 2008

1st Article

In Flushing, New York – one of the major Korea towns in the Eastern United States – more than 300 hagwon have sprung up, largely due to the Korean zeal for education. Bell Boulevard stretches 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) through the district, crowded with 60 private schools targeting Korean students. The area looks just like a street in Daechi-dong, a popular hagwon district in southern Seoul.

“There are a number of Korean students who withdraw from prestigious universities after they find it extremely difficult to catch up with their peers in English writing and in logical reasoning – which is fundamental to studying in Western classrooms,” said the head of another hagwon, also identified only by the surname Kim.

“Most Korean students accustomed to a cramming style of education are generally weak in logical reasoning on their own. Therefore, apart from poor English skills, they find it particularly difficult to write an essay in the ‘Western’ way, which calls for creative thinking,” said the chief of an institute for Korean students in Flushing, who gave the last name Sohn.

“Many Korean students still write cut-and-paste essays, which is considered to be plagiarism here in the U.S.,” said Dr. Kim.

Used to more lenient Korean standards when it comes to copying the work of others, many Korean students find it hard to get used to strict Western academic standards, under which copying just a few sentences without identifying the source is considered plagiarism.

As a Korean who spent most of my life in the United States, I was really interested by this article. I didn’t know that there were many hagwons in the U.S. I never attended one in Texas my whole life. However, when I got here, I went to tons of hagwons for help in my academics. It definitely helps my studies but I wonder if it is for the better. In college, students have to be responsible and do their own work and be creative. In Korea, hagwon teachers and tutors sometimes do the work or do almost all the work for the students in exchange for payment. This is leading students who spend most of their lives in Korea to struggle in universities in America because they don’t have any help. I think these hagwons for college students is a good idea so the students won’t completely drop out. However, I think it is crucial for these hagwons to not be like the ones in Korea. Hagwons should be there to help the students by guiding them, not doing the work for them. I think if all hagwons have the attitude of guiding the students instead of doing the work for the students, Korean students will be better prepared for college studies and events in the future.

2nd Article

The attitudes and conduct of some 29,760 high school students across the United States “doesn’t bode well for the future when these youngsters become the next generation’s politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals,” the non-profit Josephson Institute said.

An overwhelming majority, 83 percent, of public school and private religious school students admitted to lying to their parents about something significant, compared to 78 percent for those attending independent non-religious schools.

“Despite these high levels of dishonesty, these same kids have a high self-image when it comes to ethics.”

It is evident that students are cheating more and more at a rapid rate. The reason for this is because students receive so much pressure to do well academically that they are willing to risk their futures just on one test or exam. What students don’t realize is that a few failed tests does not ruin ones future. Getting caught cheating will ruin one’s future. I admit that it is very tempting to cheat and do well on a test but in the end, I realize that it’s not worth it to cheat on a few tests. I don’t blame the students for falling into the trap. Sometimes, the pressure is too high and some peoples’ wills aren’t as strong as others. However, every person who gets caught should be punished orderly so they can learn from this mistake and never commit this crime again. If they don’t get punished, they’ll do worse things and keep doing them. In Korea especially, the pressure is at a maximum. Students commit suicide during high school if they do not receive perfect scores. It’s ridiculous how much stress parents put on the students. When I read the part where boys tend to cheat more than girls, I completely agreed with this quote. In Korea, there is a tradition of the parent to put pressure on the eldest son to succeed to set a good example for their younger siblings. This leads to additional pressure.

Students pass notes around when the teacher isn't looking.

Students pass notes around when the teacher isn't looking.Students cheat during an exam.

Students cheat during an exam.

Students cheat during an exam.

The Warrior Tradition

December 11, 2008

 

This video is a clip from the classic movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. In this clip, two women who are very skilled with the sword and martial arts unleash their anger towards one another. It is a very unique scene because their is a lot of footwork and dodging in their match. Before this scene in the movie, there is a scene where a bunch of men only carry big weapons and try to use sheer power to defeat Zizi Zhang. This is contradictory to the way women fight, which is a style of quickness, agility, and anticipation of the opponent. Even Jade Fox, who is a evil woman that is haunted by her past because of abuse from her husband, is quick and agile. This is an example that sheer power does not win out in the end, which is what most men believe in.

 This is another part of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Zizi Zhang steals the Green Destiny and is chased after by Michelle Yeoh. This is another aspect of a warrior, which is to rid the world of thieves like Zhang. The two women display excellent feetwork and parry in order to defeat each other but both show great endurance and speed. This is another example that pure strength cannot win. You don’t see muscle built in the bodies of the women. They appear skinny but they are strong in heart and strength.

The roles of women at the time was to obey everything the man says. Jade Fox could not accept this tradition as she was abused by her husband. Driven by her anger, she trained and became a warrior. She goes against the tradition, just like in the book. They dress up like men and when Zizi asks Michelle for help, Michelle tells Zizi not to dress like a man because it’s not traditional to dress up like a man.

One interesting point from this movie was that even though it displays a great deal of women fighting each other and how skilled they are, it showed that the man is stil stronger. Li Mu Bai is the greatest warrior alive and he tries to change Zizi Zhang and her ways of thievery. He dies in the end trying to do so but succeeds as Zizi realizes that she is doing wrong.

Jade Fox goes against the tradition of house-keeping women and becomes a warrior because of abuse from her husband.

Jade Fox goes against the tradition of house-keeping women and becomes a warrior because of abuse from her husband.

Mulan cuts her hair so she can look like man in order to join the army.

Mulan cuts her hair so she can look like man in order to join the army.

The Woman Warrior at age 30

December 11, 2008

In this article on slate.com, the author objectively analyzes The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. When he states that The Woman Warrior is a book without a genre, I completely agree. First of all, even authors have trouble sorting this out. In one version of the book, it is labeled as a fiction book. However, in a different woman-warriorversion of the book with the same exact text, it is labeled as a non-fiction book. So this raises the question of, “Which genre does The Woman Warrior belong in”? This book is described as a memoir, autobiography, novel, manifesto, and etc. I think that the book should be characterized as a non-fiction book. The main argument against the book being labeled non fiction is that Kingston tells the story of her aunt based on her imaginations and overexaggerating the “ghosts” they see when the family lives in the United States. However, this story of Maxine Hong Kingston is a book written from what she experiences and it is a fact that she imagined those situations about her aunt and none of them were lies on the part of Kingston. She said the truth of what she thought and imagined. Also, the term “ghosts” is symbolically used to represent the people in America, not literal ghosts floating on the ground. So from my point of view, I think this book should be represented as a non-fiction book.

In the first chapter of the Woman Warrior, it started off in a 3rd person point of view. The story was real vague because the narrator, who is Kingston herself, does not know the story of her aunt. Then all of a sudden in chapter 2, the point of view becomes 1st person point of view. I thought this was important to point out because in the first chapter, Kingston has no validation that her imaginations about her aunt was true so she many different situations pictured in her mind. Also, like I said in the first paragraph, this book is hard to classify which genre this belonged in.

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Young and Restless

November 24, 2008

In World Literature class, I watched a video that showed young Chinese people in China adapting to the rapidly changing economy in China. I answered questions to this video:

 

3.   In what ways do you think Ben Wu, the entrepreneur launching the Internet Café, is representative of the ‘new’ China?

 

The “old” china was a communist society where the government controlled everything that happens in the country, including the businesses and economy in China. However, China is becoming a free market economy by the efforts of many people to start their own businesses and becoming entrepreneurs. An example is Ben Wu, who also started his own business. He created an internet café, which was pretty uncommon at the time. He got this idea from studying outside of China and experiencing many different cultures and not just one in China. His internet café is a stunning success and many young people are following his example and starting similar businesses like his.

 

8.      Who do you think is the happiest of the young people profiled in this documentary and why?

 

I think that Lu Dong is the happiest from the young people in this video. His aspiration in his life is to own a business and according to the film, he is doing just that. He started an online tailoring business and in the later parts of the video, he states that he actually has employees, the business is showing signs of improvement, and that he is happy with the job he has. Lu Dong’s only significant problem is the relationship between his mother and father, who are divorced. His future is brighter than any of the other young people. A case can be made for Ben Wu with his successful internet café, but he misses his wife, who left him for her own career aspirations. Everyone knows what effect a departed loved one can do to one’s happiness. The other young people face multiple problems. They face family problems, but at the same time, they also face financial and marriage dilemmas. Lu Dong is easily the happiest of the young people interviewed in the video.

 

9.      Why do you think FRONTLINE producers named this program Young & Restless in China? Do you think this is an appropriate title? Why or why not? What other titles would aptly describe this program?

 

I think that the producers named this program Young and Restless in China because of the rapidly changing state of China (Restless) and the people it effects (Young). The young people interviewed in the video are struggling to make a living. These are just a few examples of the total concept that many young people in China are struggling to survive. I think “young” could have another meaning. I think it could also mean that these changes to China are in the “young” stage, meaning these changes are just the beginning. There are more drastic changes to come in the high populated, ever-changing economy of China. The young people are trying restlessly to improve their lives. They are controlled by the tradition of China but they are trying to separate themselves and become more influenced by the traditions outside China. One part of China’s culture is that arranged marriages are never cancelled by the sons/daughters. Miranda Hong, one of the young people interviewed in the video, was involved in an arranged marriage by her parents. However, she refused to follow the tradition. She cancelled the arranged marriage. This shows that young people are tired of the old traditions and they want to change the culture in China for better.

 

It’s amazing how Korean students work so hard diligently and passionately during their high school years and end up quitting and dropping out of the prestigious school they worked so hard to get in. Kim said in the article that:

Such a high dropout rate is largely attributable to Korean parents forcing their children to study rather than participate in extracurricular activities, an essential part of overseas education for foreign students to acclimate themselves to American society and get a good job in the long run.

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I think it’s just plain sad that we have the highest drop-out rate from all races in the world. People say that Koreans are just naturally intelligent and smart but from this evidence, I would say they Koreans are just screwed up in the head and they don’t have the right priorities in place. School isn’t just about getting the best grades in class. School is about interacting with other people and forming positive and everlasting relationships for the future and also gaining social skills. Later on, life won’t be about taking tests and quizzes and receiving grades. Life is going to be working with other people and interacting with the world, something the Koreans don’t get. Koreans are just so fed up with studying that they don’t even place any importance on extracurricular activities. I’ve lived in America for 12 years out of my 18 year old life so basically, I have a American way of thinking. I like playing basketball, which is my favorite extracurricular activity and I spend a lot of my time improving my skills and getting better. This is the goal of extracurricular activity. Finding something you like and getting better at it. I reserve a time to study and then after that, I don’t touch a textbook or worksheet after again.

This article should be sent out to every mother and father of Korean students and make them realize that getting the best grades isn’t everything. The parents are the reason the irrational thinking of “my son/daughter HAS to get in the BEST college”. What’s the point of getting in an Ivy League school if the student is not prepared and is going to drop out of it?