Reflection- Monologue

After finishing our monologue unit, we reflected around a circle.

Personally speaking, this is the first time for me to perform individually on the stage and prepare all the things by myself. This seems like a challenge for me and I am glad I overcome it. As for my character, since I did not read the book before, through the monologue, I can clearly understand what was hse thinking. Being a young girl during WW2, she acted strong and positive. Monologue shows the inner side of a character and somehow, when we choose our monologue, the character we chose might reflect our personality.

As a group, I like the way how we supported and gave advice to each other during the process. Everyone was really engaged when we were constructing our performs and Ms.Yunnecelli gave us a lot of comments, including how we can revise and build the vibe. Additionally, we all have different monologues and different presenting moods, so as an audience, I can watch different pieces which is a great experience.

To summarize, I learned a lot in this unit. About my character, my performing strategies, and being more comfortable when I am alone on the stage.

Meeting with Hanna Alkaf

1. How did Hanna’s talk develop /deepen/complicate your understanding of the issues surrounding the representation of minority or marginalized groups in literature/fiction/ the media?

Hanna provided several normal features of characters who have mental illness in fiction or films. Some of them appear stereotypically. Through the way of knowing these behind stories, I got to know more about the concept which I did not encounter before. There is a “cure” somehow can cure the illness at the end; any treatments are bad, the protagonist insists treatments make things worse; pills fix everything, suddenly everything gets better, and lastly the inspiration porn, to make readers or other people feel lucky for not having such mental illness.

She also pointed out a phenomenon, that I did not think about it before. The STIGMA- stops you from receive information that you need for help. This phenomenon often occurs through the process of publication and take medical treatment. That’s why all the women struggling with their mental illness did not go to see a proper doctor, she told us. Moreover, her research process was tough since the number and date of surveys she can get are limited. People do not want to share their stories with others, therefore, lack of information.

The way Hanna presented her ideology and concern to us is above the ordinary. As the topic she wrote is sensitive, sensitive enough to let most of the people who have mental illness trapped themselves inside. She revealed facts, including her personal experiences, that I did not know for the topic, such as what do these people really concern about.

2. What connections do you see between Hanna Alkaf and Sandra Cisneros as authors, and between their novels? 

Hanna and Cisneros both “put” their fictional characters into their living experiences. With the addition of attractive plots and the experiences of functional characters, their novel- The weight of our sky and House on Mango street both revealed bigger ideas of society through the narrative of life. This is why the analysis becomes interesting when we read the lines, it may seem simple, but when we dig to the deeper value, all the complex circumstances and social background appears.

As for the authors, they both had encounter impressive life events or realized the formation of their specific values. We might see these experiences and their ideology in their books. We can found these connections by reading Eszperenza’s growth story or Melati’s experiences after she is forced to separate from her mother.

Fri- Outdoor activities and survived a tsunami

On Friday, I heard two stories, one about survived a tsunami in Thailand, another one is “struggles in academics but finds the way out in outdoor education”.These are the topic I found interesting in, especially the second one since I often do outdoor activities, the way it releases stressful things and contact with nature is always the best thing to do after a period of working time. As for the tsunami, I am just curious about the influences on the survivors.

Although it is not a big disaster, he experienced watching people’s life gone away and realize human is so tiny compared to nature. After the tsunami, many injured people were transferred by helicopters, everyone is panic and crawled in hotels waiting for further instructions. I can not imagine what happened there, the speaker said he can see hands steaking out under the remains, and he did not actually see these scenes before. Fortunately, they were totally fine. On the next day, the embassies took all their citizens back to their country freely. Under disasters like this, the governments are still well-organized which is impressed.

The second speaker lived in a wide place during his childhood, it gave him the ability to access natural education. His family also encouraged him to do outdoor activities, such as horse riding, skiing, and windsurfing. However, his abundant outdoor experiences did not give him advantages in the academic aspect. He did not get ideal scores for GSCE and dropped university in the second year. One thing I remember the most is his boss fired him when he was doing his first job, claimed he works slow and learns slow. He was shocked, obviously, self doubted about his ability his background information. Very luckily, his family supported him to do something he really likes, later on, he taught windsurfing in clubs and participated in a lot of outdoor events. In my point of view, perhaps he does not adapt to settle down, discover the new world and find the connection between humans and nature is something he feels good at, but he will settle, one day. Why people have to do things they are not good at,?

I summarized some possible angles I may pay a lot more attention to:

  • Nurture and nature’s impact on the second speaker
  • first speaker’s point of view on the resolution of governement, how they handled this disaster
  • People do not have to follow the path those other people went before
  • future impacts of the tsunami on the survivor

Interview with Sergey and Katie

Sergey Grechishkin is the first visitor we met on Wednesday.

Based on my memory, I roughly summarized the process. His book narrates a grown-up story of a boy in the USSR. Fortunately,  I have a vague impression of the history of the USSR and people’s living conditions at that time. Under the name- Everything is normal, the main character’s life and surrounded people, based on his childhood, all seems normal and traditional, however, there are deeper values and restrictions that are way more interesting. Moreover, most of the people do not experience the shift of living style between an old brand socialist country to a capitalist country, there are some cultural transformations that triggered my curiosity.

Something I am interested in and can be my potential topic is that he told us the restrictions of Coca-cola, as the government viewed it as a capital product. On the other hand, the corporation of domestic firms and Pepsi in the USSR. Citizens are not allowed to consume fast foods such as burgers and fries, or yogurt, which are typically considered as western food. Indeed, some of the facts surprised me, and all the restrictions on products are related to the government’s ideology.

Lately, he answered several questions about how can he deal with his relatives after he published the book or did he feel regret after publication. He did not hesitate. I can see the designed the characters intentionally, after several revises, not all of the plots are real since the influences after the publication took into account. Anything deal with social impact and reputation? There must be “One theme carries from the beginning to the end.” as he said.

Now, I want to know more about the book.

“I am working with survivors with sexual violence.”

Katie Powel Rachid came during the second section on that Wednesday. From her appearance, I did not expect that she works with survivors with sexual violence, including verbal and physical. She then told us about her experiences, her clients, the cases, and the difficulties. This is never an easy job to do, she has to face different cases and hear her clients talk about their depressions. This sort of work demands people with inner strength, like her.

However, she revealed something I did not think about it – the support system. I asked her how can she recover if her clients’ negative emotions influenced her. Noticed that the support system is connected, she has her own mentor to talk so putting the system into place can ease the tasks for her. I consider the supportive cycle is the most essential element for her and her clients since people always need emotional and physical supports when they are depressed. Additionally, understands the individual’s right and provides information relates to law and resolution, give clients choices.

In the end, she said ” anyone can support anyone, we all have the capacity to do it.

Humanity- development reflection

We ended up our development unit, it is a wide included unit- includes most of the interaction concepts and details. End of the unit task is to use provided categories to form sentences and interpretation.

  • Values/ measures/ correlations/ causes/ contradiction/ power/ culture/ institutions/ sustainability

The culture within a nation can also be a goal for development. Culture includes personal attitudes, self- realization, self-achievement, etc. It is hard to say that an individual’s value or a country is not influenced by their culture. With improved learning and health, increased tolerance, and opportunities to come together with others, culture enhances our quality of life and increases overall well-being for both individuals and communities.

There is a alter correlation between institution and development. Factors include the quality of bureaucracy, corruption in government, rule of law, expropriation risk, and repudiation of the contract by the government have been tested to determine their effect on economic growth. Additionally, in development, what we choose to measure affect our value. There is no standard for measurement of development, so the focus alters your view on development. For instance, if I decide to measure the development of China and Australia by using the commodities value and GDP, the result will end up differently since China is going through tertiary production level whereas Australia is still depending on minerals exports. However, Australia has a higher GDP than China. Therefore, people might argue between these two countries.


Drama reflection- world theatre tradition

During the last several classes, we tried to express a world traditional story in different techniques. At first, we focused on to build the steal images of the story. Then added the element of traditional masks which made it more mystical. Eventually, we used some traditional puppets to perform the story. When we were thinking about the WTT story, we were trying to find a theme for the steal images, this attempt gives the audience a sense of our story. Additionally, we added smooth transitions while we were using the masks, the most difficult task for wearing a mask is to exchange between mask and characters.  One of the techniques we used is to emphasize the other side of the story while one person is changing masks. Finally, the performance of the traditional puppet is the hardest attempt since the manipulation of the puppet need practices. It is harder to express the character compares to the first attempt, so it is considered as a new improvement of our play.

This overall process helps us to understand different performing techniques in world traditions. It was a well experience and I had a chance to get to know other performing techniques. I still remember when we were discussing to perform traditional fairy tales using masks. That’s the funniest part for me due to we all familiar with the story so act out the characteristics of character is even harder.

Gpers reflection- Mandala reflection

My Mandala reflection had reflected some of my common misunderstood and mistakes in writing. The comments are usable for me to improve my writing skills, it let me discover what is my strength and weak point. In order to improve my writing skills, I need to set some goals in the future.

  1. I need a further explanation for the statement and examples. In my essay, I stated the marriage system in China but I did not point out why it is a Chinese traditional. This explantation formed a more complete structure so it can help the teacher to better understand the explanation.
  2. I need to reread the criteria and the writing prompts every time when I open the document. The criteria remind me of what I need to include in the essay. The miss of one of the explanations is the main cause of losing points in the essay.

Overall, I did not include all the criteria in my essay, some of the paragraphs are missing ingredients. Sometimes I did not explain the influences or how does it relate to determinism, free will, etc. I learned from this project that I need to clearly analyze the criteria and the table since it is the standard for grading the essay.

Drama reflection-Puppet

During the last drama class, we made our own puppet and created its own stories. Our goal is to ensure the human movement of the puppet, give him an identity and show its story. This is a new type of performing, so how can we make the puppet “alive” is the essential ability that we need to work on during the class.

  • Manipulation: The puppet should be manipulated by at least three people- one person control its legs and the other two hold its arms, neck, and body. The first action that makes the puppet alive is breathing. In order to let it breathe, the person who controls the neck needs to move up and down to show the fluctuate of its body. Three principles about manipulating a puppet: focus, breathe and move.
  • Storytelling: Since we only have one puppet, we can only show one person’s story. At first, we were thinking about a depression moment of the puppet. When the extra actor was added in the story, more ideas came out. Our story is about a baby who is trying to learn walking, he falls several times but eventually, he can walk straightly. We choose this because this could be challenging to manipulate the puppet’s movement.
  • Emotion and feeling: When we are trying to express the puppet emotion and its feelings, we normally use body language to express its emotion since we can not make sounds. For instance, to show the sad emotion of the puppet, he can wipe his face and his body can shake.


Drama reflection-video description

One example video demonstrates the theme, by adding background music, motifs and repetitions. The event of the theme is not obvious to speculate, that gives the audience a sense of mystery. The facial expressions of characters in the video are easy to catch. A significant moment is when two of the characters trying to overcome their difficulties, while the other two without actions. They add certain repetition in it, the clear comparison highlights the purpose.

I like the motifs they use in the video, interact with the characters in order to demonstrate their theme together. In the same moment, they use light spots to distinguish the emotions between characters. This can be a good way of comparison.

The importance of that theatre moment is that it served as a transition which indicates what is going to happen next. In the way, we are planning our transitions and set out the background storeis. This can be an inspiration for us.The expression tools they use can applied on our theme as well.

“Smile of China”

Smile of China is a global concern group in UWCSEA which is willing to help impoverished kids in China by raising funds for them. It was first founded by an Australian couple in China. It is called as the New hope foundation. Its purpose is to providing loving care and arranging medical treatment and palliative care for orphaned children in China.

The reason why I want to join in this GC is that it is related to my own country. I am passionate about helping other disabled people in China. Some situations in China can be found in on news. We can clearly see what happened to the kids who are suffering from poverty. Smile of China provides a great opportunity for me to try something new.