Graham Rawle Project- Links with the Foundational Stories

Graham Rawle is the author of the book: ‘A Woman’s World’, which its layout is made from cutouts of books, magazines, newspapers and others similar to them. It tells a story of a woman, who is actually a crossdressing man, living in a city, as a woman would.

In the ‘project’, we had to use magazines and newspaper cutouts to tell a story, about anything we wanted. Being me, I decided to make a short story about the Loch Ness Monster. (You can already tell how my year in English is going to unravel…)

I believe that ‘A Woman’s World’ isn’t a foundational story itself, but its a foundational WAY of TELLING a story. Does that make any sense? It is the first book (to my knowledge) to have cutouts of different things stuck together to make a story, taking bits and pieces from all over the place and putting them in a different order, creating something entirely new.

I’m still not entirely sure.

Cancer Survivor

This speaker, Sabrina, had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 26, which was not uncommon in her family. The cancer the had was the easiest to treat so nothing went wrong, but after a while, she discovered she was pregnant. When looked at by doctors, they had all assumed there was something seriously wrong with the child, but it was discovered long after that it was a mistake, and the child was born perfectly normal and healthy.

The thing I took away from this is that there are many mishaps and unfortunate events that can occur through one’s life, and instead of looking at it like a big wall that you can never get past, look at it as something that would stop you only for a short time, and soon you would be able to continue on whatever path you’re on.

Saving Endangered Wildlife

The speaker started off studying to be a lawyer, and soon fell in love with wildlife after a trip to Africa. Since then, she has been helping all kinds of endangered wildlife, especially elephants. She also explained how the media uses certain species of endangered animals to gain an audience, which caught my attention.

Out of this talk, I’ve learned to look at the whole picture when looking at only one part of a problem.


(Didn’t gather enough information and notes)

Fostering Kids

This talk was about the struggles of fostering difficult kids in difficult situations. The speaker had taken care of a 6 year old boy, who purposely got into all kinds of trouble, just because he believed he was not good enough to be loved or cared about.  This really hit close to home for me because I’ve experienced feelings like this, but hearing this from an adult’s perspective is very eye-opening and quite depressing, really.

This story was overall my favourite, because it shows how much pain someone can give to another, without realising. It makes everyone think of their actions in a different way, looking a step ahead sort of. Always thinking, ‘is this the right thing to do?’.

61 successful Nepali kids

One of the stories I heard was about how 61 Nepali kids were given full scholarships in the US but were withdrawn soon after. All had given up their spots in Nepal, where they were studying at the time, to go to America. When they had found out that their scholarships has been withdrawn, they had to fight their way back into other schools that were offering their help. Out of all 61 kids, only 54 had been accepted and granted full scholarships.

This story made me realise that many people are granted things that can be easily taken away from them, and it opened my eyes to how many sacrifices some people make just to go and achieve their dreams. It gave me a new perspective on how others live and have to give things up for opportunities that their family couldn’t achieve.

The Three Gorges Dam- Was it worth all the chaos?

The Three Gorges Dam has had many downfalls and successes. For example, the dam provides enough energy for 1/3 of the households in China, but it also caused many homes to be destroyed and leaving people homeless. Was the dam worth it?

The advantages and the disadvantages are both very strong points, but only one can be chosen.


1.) The air pollution in China

China has had an air pollution problem for years. It is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal. With the Three Gorges Dam, that can be partially fixed by a lot. The Three Gorges Dam can produce enough Hydroelectric power to be equivalent to 50 million tons of coal, which is a LOT.

2.) The homes and lives lost

Countless villages that were built along the riverside has been in a lot of danger, some even underwater. Many have been flooded, and with the water levels rising and falling drastically, the riverbanks have been weakened. That could cause avalanches and homes being crushed or sliding down hills.

3.) Protection and destruction of the environment

One of the plans for the dam were to make it high enough so that it would be able to protect 25000 hectares of farmland, and sure enough, it did. A large portion of surroundings were still ruined, such as the deforestation happening, and even animal species going extinct. It’s hard to believe, but a species of dolphin, (Yangtze River dolphin) was declared extinct back in 2006.

IN CONCLUSION, I believe that (I guess.. its hard to decide ok) the Three Gorges Dam was a good idea, but the government still needs to figure out how to fix the disadvantages and all the trouble and destruction it has caused. 🙂

My Language World Assignment- Grade 9 English

Why do I speak as I do and how does my language define me?

Everyone has a different way of speaking. Some can be more formal than others. It usually depends on where you are and who you are around, for example: If you’re around you friends, you would probably use a very casual, informal way of speaking, maybe even using modern-day slang. However, if you’re in a professional environment or you’re in class talking to a teacher, you might talk more formally than usual. But what I find most interesting about formality of speaking, is that when talking to parents, you have a mix of both formal and casual slang, sometimes even depending on which parent you are speaking to.

I think the biggest influence that had led me to speak English was the fact that both my parents spoke it and that I grew up in Singapore, where a large majority of people speak English. I’m glad that I speak English because almost everyone I’ve ever known speaks English and that plays as a huge role in communicating with other people (even though I’m terrible at it.)

How can language include or exclude, represent or misrepresent?

Since the world is split into different countries and not one country is the same as another, there’s an obvious difference with how people speak English. For example, places like Britain has a stereotype of being posh and fancy, when most of the time it’s their accents. Other places like Singapore has Singlish, which uses many ‘extra’ words that are used as exclamations such as ‘Lah’ and ‘aiyo’. Sometimes even when people speak Chinese, they mix in English words. It sounds funny but its surprisingly common. Linking back to what I said about how people stereotype about Britain for being fancy, theres also some stereotypes that people in Singapore could be that we’re uneducated or improper.

GPERS — Nature and Nurture- What has a bigger impact?

Nature or nurture? That question has been around for ages and there isn’t a specific answer to it. Everyone has their own opinion in things like these.

When we talk about Nature, we’re talking about the things in your genes- what you were born with. It would have come from your family and it would tell you if you’re a girl or a boy. It also gives us the things like: If your dad and mum were both really tall or short, you would grow up to be similar to them. Maybe your parents didn’t like something. You may or may not grow up to be the same. (maybe???) YOU FOUND ME :0 

Nurture, on the other hand, is how you were taken care of- how you were raised. It’s all about the environment you grew up in, the people you grew up with, etc etc. Let’s say identical twins were separated and raised in two completely different environment. They would have the same genes, the same face, almost the same everything, other than their personality. One could have grew up in a household where the people they were surrounded by were very nice, and always treated them well and in a nurturing way. Maybe the other would have been raised in a house where there was a lot of shouting, anger, strictness. Maybe even raised by bad people. Those twins would not be alike at all. One would be kind, caring and very enthusiastic. The other could have been depressed, angry, and have a habit of lashing out. Nobody would guess they’re twins. They are not the same.

In my opinion, I believe that Nurture overpowers Nature. You could have been born a specific way, supposed to be a certain way, but it could be changed with nurture. With who you want to be, not who you were born as. You could have been born a girl but would like to be a boy in the future. You could have been born into a bad family but maybe raised with other people and grew up to be kind and loving. Gentle. It all depends on Nurture, but that’s just my opinion.

As an artist, what can you learn from the work of Christoph Niemann?

Christoph Niemann’s work stands out to me because he uses objects or the world and applies his art to it to create different images or scenes. A lot of the scenes he creates are used in the outside world and they’re not what you expect at all. His ideas can make people think of the things around them and see what they can do to create similar art with their own styles.

His style is also appealing to me because its very simple and can be used in many different circumstances. I learned that you don’t need complex ways or over-the-top ideas to stand out on your own. Its the simple things in life that get the most joy and creativity out of people 🙂