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8/30/2016 10:22:29 PM

victoriachan
victoriachan
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Subject: The Power and Threat of the Americas
This article provided a different perspective in comparison to the history lessons taught in the U.S. Growing up in the U.S. public school system, students are often taught about imperialism from the perspective of Americans, and it is often framed in a positive light. By providing students with this text, students can see how imperialism can be seen negatively because of how the speaker is wary about the U.S. encroaching on China. I am glad the Liang, the speaker in the text, criticizes the U.S. for its willingness to allow the rich to control the government and ignore the needs of poor people.

On the other hand, Liang does show a lot of support for some of the things he saw in the U.S. He marveled at the fact that libraries were open for the public to use and saw that “…n this can be seen the general level of public morality Even a small thing like this is something Orientals could not come close to learning to do in a hundred years.”

Additionally, I did appreciate this quote: “American schools average only 140 days of study a year, and five or six hours every day. But …Westerners’ studies are superior to those of the Chinese.” Liang believe that by limiting work and emphasizing leisure time, then a person can have loftier goals because they have time to think about them. Personally, I wish we could only do 140 days instead of 180. It would allow time for everyone to really dig into content and still have time for fun.
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8/31/2016 12:14:51 PM

ndaza
ndaza
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Subject: Salsa on the Wall
Salsa dancing is not one of the things you would expect to find when visiting the Great Wall of China. The fifth China Salsa Congress was held in Beijing during the Golden Week Holiday. The purpose of the congress as the founder, Albert Torres, stated is to promote salsa dancing and music across China. Albert along with a group of salsa dancers celebrated the last day of the congress dancing salsa at China's most popular landmark: The Great Wall.
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8/31/2016 6:08:33 PM

mcervantes
mcervantes
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Subject: Chinese and civil war
I did not learn about this in school either. This is something that all teachers should make sure they inform their students.
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9/1/2016 11:57:50 PM

victoriachan
victoriachan
Posts: 27
Subject: Bwana Mickey
I agree that companies that want to expand globally should learn to cater to their audience, but I did think the argument the article about recontextualization worked as well since Tokyo Disneyland is an example of it. Japanese people seem to see it as foreign because it’s American, but they have found similarities within the Disney culture to relate to.

One quote from the text I found interesting was that “…Yoshimoto argues that the meaning of cultural artifacts is context-dependent and therefore nonexportable.” While it is not meant to describe what is going on with Tokyo Disneyland, the sentiment resonated with me. This is the same way that Korean dramas and movies remade in the U.S. do not have the same impact. In my opinion, these works were done worse in the U.S. such as with My Sassy Girl and Old Boy. Remakes can’t capture the original intention.
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9/18/2016 11:50:03 AM

jevink
jevink
Posts: 45
Subject: The Power and Threat of America 1903
The Power and Threat of America , by Liang Qichao, was particularly interesting, because it mentions the United States' government. This is something that I deal with a sine I teach 8th grade U.S. history. I was surprised, by his statement that, "I don't worry about anything for America except its immigrants." Liang is writing at the turn of the 20th century, and he already sees a problem that our country still dealing with to this day. Immigration is a current topic in today's political climate. Now more than ever his statement resonates with me. I have a great deal of family that are immigrants to this country, and I don't seee it as a problem , but some do.
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9/18/2016 11:57:34 AM

jevink
jevink
Posts: 45
Subject: The Chinese Soldiers who fought in the Civil War
The Chinese Soldiers who fought in the Civil War, by Stuart Heaver, is one of my favorite articles. I already created a lesson, that I will use when teaching the Civil War unit next semester. I still can't believe that I had never heard about this in college or any of my reading on the Civil War. As I was reading it a second time, I made a connection with another race that doesn't get much credit for their role in the Civil War, the African Americans, yes we talked about the 54th Massachusetts regiment and their sacrifice. yet, that's not enough. They fought as hard as any white soldier to preserve the Union, and end slavery in our country, and they just get a paragraph or two in the 8th grade U.S. history textbook.
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9/18/2016 12:03:49 PM

jevink
jevink
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I agree, but also I am not surprised. If we think about how early Americans justified what they did tot he Native Americans, taking their land, killing them, forcing them to move from the land of their ancestors, just because in their eyes they were not human enough or civilized. Therefore, I am not surprised that the Chinese soldiers were treated that way, and denied naturalization. Also, how the southerners, justified slavery by calling it the "peculiar institution" and based it on the color of their skin. It is sad and embarrassing to admit that our government has a history of discrimination towards other races who doesn't fir the mold.
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