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It’s been a while since I’ve gotten on here to create a blog post but I’m back.
Today, I’ll be presenting to you about the Perceptions of Pop Culture in Japan and Korea. I’ve created a Google Slides presentation so you may click on the link below to view the presentation.
Perceptions of Pop Culture in Japan & Korea
There are several forms of pop culture in both Japan and Korea, but in this presentation, I’ll be focusing on musical, film, and artistic aspects of both of the countries. I broke down the categories into even smaller subcategories, explaining and giving examples of the topics that I’ve chosen. Instead of combining the information of the two countries, I separated them so that the information I provide will be more clear and specific. I also tried my best to include the most accurate information as possible by researching and validating several sources online.
It took me over 4 days to complete this presentation and even though it might not look like much, I did put a lot of effort into it. So, hopefully you enjoy the presentation and learn more about the Perceptions of Pop Culture in Japan and Korea too.
Thank you ^^
What is school for?
You might already have an answer in mind. “Education,” you would probably say.
It is a term that most people use to describe school since it is only ordinary for a living human being to experience what school is.
“But is it really worth going for the sake of knowledge?” Partially yes.
“Then it is because of our parents?” They went to school too.
“Perhaps to know more people?” That’s true only in a sense.
Though in my opinion, the real question should be, ‘‘Can school bring out your own potential that makes you unique and who you really are?”
Another question that many people ask is, “Is high school harsh?”
The answer depends on you because everyone has their own unique mindset and it is important to know that you control your own life. When we, the 10th graders, reach high school, we are always learning and growing. We adjust our mindsets and set forth ourselves to become more mature. We make important life decisions as well, although the outcome is not what we always expect. Yet, that’s the enthralling part about life.
We have changes and flaws along the way, and it is always important to have a goal. Have you thought about any changes you wish for yourself? Have you figured what your actual future goal is?
If not, just know that it is okay. Things come at different times for all of us. However, we have friends around us, whether they are close to us or not. Because friendship can influence us to be better individuals. We are all good at something, whether we want to admit it or not, and we can seek help and advice from people around us.
When we advance into high school, we are more aware of the fact that the tasks we are given are more HARSH and SHARP compared to previous years. However, we motivate each other to reach a common goal.
All of this is just a start. The tension increases as the school year progresses; unfortunately, there are times we did not adapt well to the quick changes, which sometimes lead to stress. Nonetheless, we gradually adjust ourselves and deal with the challenges ahead, although life is harsh and merciless.
“But how can you and I still persist when we are stressed?” Friends.
“Are friends really that helpful?” Look around you then.
One of the answers to the question is simply just by having friends to talk to. Overall, high school life is a stage in which the relationship of all the classmates is closer and tighter—just like a family.
Furthermore, our parents are supporting us. Some would probably say, “I thought our parents sent us to school so that we know the world better.” It is true that they have particular reasons to send us to school.
Is it really just to make us smart? It could be.
Have you asked them? They would probably explain that school widens your perspectives and it provides knowledge that we need to survive in the real world.
As for us, 10th graders, we are mature enough to think for ourselves. At this stage, with the amount of stress and doubts, we are more likely to give up and break apart. “But who can support you?” Parents. Truth be told, they give more advice when their child is in high school. The students can think about their future and their parents could help by giving advice on a variety of matters.
“Wait, we come to school to learn, right?” Of course, school is mainly about education and learning new information. “But is there something beyond that?” It depends on you. The high school students are now looking for future goals and decisions in life: to discover our potential in a subject we are actually interested in.
You probably know that the knowledge in high school is much more complicated. The AP course starting from 10th grade is psychology and it is an incredibly interesting subject. It can be difficult, but most students passed with good scores and the current 10th graders are feeling confident about getting a high score in the AP exam. Although high school can be harsh, it can also be enjoyed with all the things we are learning.
Therefore, students in the 10th grade have their own special sense of humor. To display their sense of humor, Angeline and Daniel decided to include pictures from previous years along with the present. For this project, there are pages that contain pictures exhibiting the 10th graders’ lifestyle. However, this is not only a project, but also a memory book of how we present our personalities and unique characteristics. Everyone in this class has an important role in making the class as a whole. So that we will not leave someone alone.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”—Aristotle
Check out the memory book we made below!
link to HIGH SCHOOL AND NOT: high school and not
High school is always pictured as a fairy tale and a wonderful experience that every teens wants to encounter. But in reality, it’s a nightmare filled with good memories.
Etiquette is the customary code of polite behavior in society among members of a particular profession or group, and every country has their own. But today, we’ll be looking at how etiquette is perceived in two different countries: The United States and Russia. Continue reading
Disclaimer: Satirical Asian comments ahead!
If you happen to be living in Asia, at least once, you will have heard of this statement from your parents: “You should be an engineer/doctor/rich businessman when you are older!” Despite the growing memes about Asian culture spreading all over the world, these stereotypes would not last if it were all false; THEY ARE TRUE! Interestingly true to the point that the most popular majors that students pursue in Asia are business, engineering, and health sciences.
In terms of pure economic theory, most students pursue the business major because there is some type of incentive for them to do so. According to the World Bank, the global GDP have been increasing exponentially along these decades. One could even say that this correlation is too accurate to be a coincidence. (Add the Asian stereotype to generate as much income as possible while the time is right!)
On the other hand, Engineering boasts that up to 26% of students in Asia choose the major (data from Statista Research Department). On a survey of the ‘happiest’ majors, Engineering was the top choice, stating that 91% of the alumni recommends the major. As with the other two popular majors in Asia, Engineering ranks number two on annual wages (Business ranks number one).
Health related degrees are usually growing in a slower pace, yet these decades have encouraged more students to pursue a major in the field by the incidents of this decade: Ebola, SARS, COVID-19 etc. Also, the employment rates for the alumni of this field are the highest among all the majors.
Despite the many advantages and disadvantages of college majors scattered over the internet, one major fear still holds true (No pun intended!); students often feel pressured to pick the “useful” majors. Students tend to stray away from their true interests (especially with arts and humanities degrees) and forcefully pick majors that they believe to have better financial returns (business, engineering, etc). Theoretically, they will potentially be making more money by choosing those majors, yet whether the students will be happy or not still remains a mystery.
All in all, who would’ve expected that students do choose the majors that parents typically mention? Yet everyone is unique in their own ways; if you were to choose a major, please do give the majors some thought.
Honorable mention: Computer and Information Sciences is also a rising major in the current world of ever-changing technology.
For the past few years, every June, the Internet runs rampant with the colors of the rainbow to celebrate Pride Month. Companies from all over the USA rebrand their logos, painting them the color of the pride flag. However, while the Internet may seem to portray such a colorful acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, homophobia still runs deep within the country.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states. However, less than a year later, the deadliest mass shooting in the US occurred. Pulse, a gay nightclub located in Orlando, Florida, was targeted by a security guard, who took the life of 49 people and injured 53. LGBTQ+ hate crimes have risen since 2014. Nearly 1 in 5 hate crimes are motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias, according to an NBC News article. Why is it, that after such a long time since same-sex marriage has been legalized, that hate crime towards LGBTQ is still rising? To answer that question: miseducation.
Several hate groups in the US have formed, such as the Westboro Baptist Church. The Westboro Baptist Church is well known for its flagrant hate speech, not just towards LGBTQ+ people, but towards other minority groups as well. Church members carry signs in their frequent protests, with phrases such as “YOU’RE GOING TO HELL”, “SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS”, and “NOT ADAM & STEVE”. Hate groups such as these have formed all across America, spreading misinformation towards the uninformed. This leads to hate crime, such as LGBTQ+ people being jumped in the streets, bullying in school, and abuse at home.
In contrast, LGBTQ+ people around the country have planned pride parades, attended by members of the gay community, allies, and those who wish to learn. In June of 2019, a friend of mine attended the Chicago Pride Parade, and was kind enough to send me a few pictures she took so that I could edit it, one of which is the featured image of this post.
Pride parades cause no harm to others, spreading awareness and happiness, whereas protests cause deaths, injuries, and misinformation. While progress has been made, proper education about the LGBTQ+ community in the US is still needed, as can be seen by the protests held by hate groups. In many schools in the US, GSA clubs, or Gender-Sexuality clubs, have risen up to spread knowledge about the community. Implementation of clubs like these help spread awareness about the importance of pride parades, as well as the importance of LGBTQ+ rights in the USA.
Hello everyone, this video is a little different from any other project we have done and uploaded in this blog from the past few years. An assignment was made for us to design a project of our own using what we have learnt from last year as graphics. The categories that we were given were high school, music, or food. The partners were assigned; Charming, Kamilla, and Hazel as we chose to work on a project related to the topic, “music”.
We decided to make a lyric video to an original song by Charming, called “Insecurity”. The song used, was composed last year as a project assignment in music class. Everyone illustrated pictures relating to the lyrics of the song using gimp. We all worked together and went to each other’s houses a few times to help each other out. The video was made by Charming as Hazel added the lyrics from the song. 2 students from this group, Kamilla and Charming, went on vacations during the December break and took a few clips of the beautiful sights of Tajikistan and Ngapali beach in Myanmar, shown in the lyric video to make it more amusing.
The song illustrates a lost girl trying to be a part of something or at least someone. A girl who was always isolating herself because she was too scared to be judged. She doubts herself on anything she does, she sees nothing but her own flaws. As mentioned before, the song was written because of a music project assigned as it was rushed through while it lacked thorough revision and meaning. To sum everything up, the song is about a girl who is anxious about her insecurities; that are stopping her from doing what she loves.
The Self-Building Sandwich
This sandwich was at first just mere pieces of meat and bread that couldn’t do anything by itself. But with the power of stop motion, these pieces of meat and bread will become a sandwich.
The pictures in the video were taken by Augustin and edited by Neal. We also used Imovie to make this stop motion. This animation is twenty frames per second. The making of this animation spanned over the course of December and the first few days of January. We used a Canon camera to take the pictures of the sandwich.
In this stop motion, we are making a ham and cheese sandwich. A ham and cheese sandwich is a common type of sandwich. It is made by putting cheese and sliced ham between two slices of bread. Vegetables like lettuce, tomato, onion or pickle slices can also be included.
The ham and cheese sandwich was first made by Patrick Connolly, an 18th-century Irish man that migrated to England. Since that day people have been making ham and cheese.
Everyone enjoys music, whether it be old, new, pop, rock, rap, or EDM. Everyone has listened to it at least once in their life and more than once, it has helped them forget about their daily stresses and troubles. In fact, music can be heard in shopping malls, elevators, and restaurants to produce a better atmosphere. But… What is music?
Music is a combination of different sounds and notes that create a pleasant melody. There have been popular musicians in our history such as Beethoven, Mozart, Beatles, and Michael Jackson to Marshmello, Avicii, Billie Eilish, and Zedd. Music is generally created by three types of instruments; string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments.
Stringed instruments are instruments that require vibrating strings to produce a sound, hence the name. Examples of such instruments are the piano, guitar, violin, or ukulele. To play a wind instrument, a column of air needs to be blown by the player into a mouthpiece to make a sound. Examples of such instruments include the flute, trombone, trumpet, or the clarinets. Percussion instruments are sounded by being struck or beaten by the player. Drums or the xylophone are percussion instruments. Today, music can also be created by technological devices.
Why is music so important? Music is a huge part of our world today because it is beneficial for our health and mood. It has the ability to bring people together and is even a big part of religion with few exceptions. Music helps us feel a wide range of emotions and allows us to escape into an entirely different world. The ability it possesses to transform us is perhaps what makes it so special.
By: Matthew, May
I’m Nina. I created two pictures by “Pics Art” using my Phone. These pictures are one of the memories that I won’t forget and I don’t want to forget.
The first picture is a cherry tree. I took this photo when I was 12 years old. This was the first time I went “cherry blossom viewing” with my family. We call cherry blossom viewing “Hanami” in Japanese. Hanami is like a picnic to enjoy the cherry blossom. It is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. Enjoying cherry blossoms is an old Japanese custom that’s been around for over one thousand years. I remember it very well because the cherry trees were stunning. This was the most glorious sight I have ever seen. I have edited the original picture and put a lot of effects to make it look beautiful. For example, I changed the sky which is the background in this picture. As you can see, the sky is shining in the picture but at first it was cloudy. In the first, there was no sunlight. Then I put sunlight effect. It made more beautiful. I used an application called “Pics Art” to edit the photo. This is almost the same as GIMP that I learned last year.
The second photo is when I went somewhere three years ago with my sister and my father. He took this photo. I don’t remember the name of this place but it was a historically famous in japan. I remember it very clearly because the scenery was very beautiful. This place is one of my the nicest places I have ever visited. That place was filled with nature; like there were fish in pond, many trees, and waterfall. My sister and I walked on the bridge above the pond. The person walking ahead in the picture was my sister and the one following her was me.