Global Perspectives – Human Rights Violation


Slavery was and still is a big issue in the world today.In the United States of America, it is still legal to have someone work for you, and for you to control their life. I personally think that slavery should be banned but of course it isn’t that simple. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights could not stop slavery as they did not have the force of law and it was optional. To this day, there are around 27 million people that are still slaves, which is something that is concerning to me as it has slavery has not been stopped yet. Another surprising fact is that some people still think it is ok to control others and make them work for you, which I personally don’t agree with.

Global Perspectives – Faith, Ethics and Ideology Essay

This was a paragraph from my faith, ethics and ideology essay :

The article seeks to provoke thought about what goes on in a juveniles mind who end up taking drastic, fatal steps as a coping mechanism to escape parental admonishment and academic performance pressure. This kind of behaviour is seen of students from local schools in Singapore and has increased rapidly over the years. The Primary 5, 11 year old student has had his mid – year tests scoring average grades in most subjects ( 50 for english, 53.8 for chinese, 57.5 for science ) in addition to failing in two ( 12 for higher chinese and 20.5 for maths ). ( Shaffiq Alkhatib ). Unable to cope what he saw in his report card and fearing punishment from his parents mainly his mother, the student plummeted to his death after jumping from his window on the 17th floor. On May 18th, 2016 was when the student was supposed to show his mid – year grades to his parents. ( Amir Hussain ). It was 6:50 in the morning when his father realised that his son was taking unusually long to get dressed and come out of his room. The room was opened with the spare key and the boy was not to be found anywhere. His 16 year old sister looked out of the window to find his body in a pool of blood on the floor. The police then investigated. The school teachers affirmed that the tests were a little more harder than the previous year, but yet the mother on the other hand expected more out of her son, expecting him to score above 70 percent. For her, this was the least she expected out of her son. ( Vanessa Paige Chelvan ). 

English – Christina Lau

Sitting in a wheelchair isn’t easy for anyone. Especially not for Christina Lau. She used to be a police officer and a table tennis player before her car accident in 2005, which then left her to be paralysed from her chest down. Before her accident, she was a really outgoing, and active person, but it has caused her a lot of difficulty, but yet she has been quite positive and hasn’t quit or given up on herself. I personally was quite surprised at this as she was so brave and went to therapy hoping that they would help her use her hands. Now however, she can use her hands for smaller tasks ; holding smaller objects. For her this was hard as she is a very independent person and having this injury requires someone to be with her at all times. Singapore has a good environment as she mentioned, but, it also has its flaws. Some of its flaws include social stigma towards her and people like her. She personally feels that people on wheelchairs are just the same as anyone else, but can be treated way differently. Before her injury, she used to see people in wheelchairs differently ; treating them with care and helping them out, but now, she knows how it feels to be treated differently and just wants people to treat her the same as anyone else.

One point in time, Christina Lau did go through a phase of depression. But, she didn’t want to feel helpless and continue to be sad about herself and her situation. She soon started a hobby that she had never thought of liking before – painting. Soon enough, she became a professional mouth painter and sold her paintings in auctions for charities as well as playing table tennis in the para olympic games. Her dreams are of representing Singapore in table tennis and of opening an art exhibition and to be known in the art industry.

English – Mukul Deva

Mukul Deva dropped out of school at the age of 16 and joined the army which was quite surprising to me. He then was in the army for another 16 and a half years and now works with the government in Singapore. Through meeting Mukul Deva, I learnt a lot about how to write books and a basic outline of how to write a book. I personally thought that the hardest part of writing a book was writing the story. But, I never thought about how much detail actually went into a book. He told us that the smallest details matter the most, like ; weather, clothes, timing etc. For example ; he explained to us how he had to think about the different times zones, different perspectives and act like how the character would act, putting himself in his characters shoes. In one of his books, he became a girl and since girls act much differently to guys, it was hard for him to become one in his book. He then interviewed around 40 different girls within the age group and got an idea of how to write it from their perspective. I personally thought that was really interesting because I would never have thought that the process of writing would include that. He mentioned that the research for most of his books took him about 6 months to write and then writing the actual book took him about another 3 months, since he already had the base / rough draft already laid out. I think that him sharing with us his way and format of writing made it so much easier for me to write a book / story, as now I have a structure to my writing.

English – Danny Raven Tan

Danny Raven Tan talked a lot about his experiences in life and his fight with cancer. He also mentioned how he went from job to job, which he didn’t really enjoy although he was getting paid more and more. He finally decided to open his own gallery called     ” The Tiffin Gallery ” in a HDB flat. He also wanted to spend more time with his mom who had recently lost her husband and had got dementia. There were a few things that he mentioned that were really important in his life. One of the things included was not giving up on himself and to pursue his dreams of being an artist. I personally thing that is really important as it helps you find out who you really are. ” We are created to create”. I noticed a few things throughout his speech, he talked briefly about religion and how he believes that god made every person for a reason and how everyone is unique in their own way. He believes that having strength, wisdom and faith is really important and that these small things can make you a better person. One of the things that I found quite surprising was that he never told his parents that he had pancreatic cancer, only because he did not want his parents going through all the stress, and that there are bigger issues in the world. He would have to act as if nothing happened when he would get back home from his chemotherapy sessions. As the chemotherapy was too harmful for his body and he felt very weak, he decided to stop it. Believing in himself and not giving up really helped him get through his depression, alongside his friends. On thing that really stood out to me was how happy he was throughout this whole process. It taught me to have a good outlook on life and to be more positive.

English – Marc Nair

Last week, we learnt about Marc Nair. He is pan-asian ( from Europe and Asia ). Marc Nair was bought up and raised in Singapore but yet, he does not like writing about Singapore most of the time as Singapore is constantly changing and he only has the experience of living in the city. Another reason he doesn’t write about Singapore is because the urban experiences dominate his poems and therefore he doesn’t enjoy writing about that topic. I learnt about the poems that he likes to write about ; popular culture, BBC and / or CNN news etc. He is a very observant person and enjoys writing about current situations and topics around the world. He personally does not enjoy writing about himself as he thinks it is too boring and there is only so much you can write about yourself. The reason he chose the title “Writing Against” is because he doesn’t care about other people’s opinions and only wants to write about his own opinions. One of his newest poems is about Plastic and how the world is drastically changing. He wrote his poem in an interesting way so that we understand the facts but also understand how serious the issue really is. In one of the lines, he mentioned ” by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean” which I found quite surprising. Marc Nair really enjoys travelling and backpacking around the world and experiencing new and different things, They inspire him to write poems and to think of new ideas. One thing that he lives by is “we have to find time to find ourselves”. While he takes photos, he looks for the most subtle things and makes it bigger and helps that small thing stand out. He usually takes pictures of local areas, like local shops, markets etc.

English – Human Library

Today we learnt about a few people’s experiences that they had in the past. The three people that shared their stories in our class were Victoria, Callum and Zoe. They all had completely different stories to share. The first story that was told was Callum’ story ” When the Tsunami hit, I was saved by my armbands “. In this, he told us that he had gone to Indonesia for the Christmas break and since they had not gone to the beach the entire week they were there, they decided to go on Boxing Day ( December 26th). Barely anyone was at the beach that day. Callum and his brother were just playing in the ocean, searching for shells etc, when a huge wave came over him. Since he was only a year old, he wore his armbands to the ocean ( which helped him stay a float). With the help of his parents, and the armbands, he stayed a float. Both of the kids were thrown out of the ocean immediately, while the parents tried to get out before the second wave hit. The kids sat there, on top of a hill with the locals watching over them. Everyone in his family safely got out before the second wave hit. After that, their family has been really protective and safe when they were around the oceans. The next story was Victoria’s story – “Superstitious Woman Saves Lives “. Her story was mainly based upon her great grandmother and how her believing in superstitions saved the lives of people around her. Victoria’s great grandfather was in World War 2 and when he came back from his trip, one of his legs was paralysed. So, her great grandmother gave him some herbs and everyday for a year she would make him put his paralysed foot in boiling hot water and then freezing cold water about ten times a day. The doctors said that within two or three years, his whole body would be paralysed, but her grandmother didn’t think that would be the case. After about a year, her great grandfather’s paralysed leg was no longer paralysed and he lived for 40 more years after that. Thanks to her great grandmother, many of her family members have been able to get cured. Although her great grandmother died a few days before she was born, she is still really close to Victoria, and Victoria still follows her superstitions to this day. The last story is Zoe’s – “As a baby, I was abandoned in a box wrapped in a red blanket, a sign of good luck “. Zoe was born in China. Her parents decided to put her in a cardboard box and wrap her in a red blanket ( meant good luck in China ). She was left outside a governments office / building, but then got sent to the police and finally to the orphanage where she spent a year. She was then adopted on June 6th, 2004. She thinks that she might have been left because of the one child policy in China. She doesn’t feel that connected or connected at all to China, as she has never gone back there since she was born. But, she is really curious about he cultural background and her cultural identity.

English – Steve Dawson

Today we met Steve Dawson and we learnt a bit about him and what he does. He used to work in Strait Times, and then worked for Fox Sports and he currently works in the ESPN. His first job was being an accountant for 5 years. He personally didn’t really enjoy his job, but, it really did help him with his journalism later on in his life. He wrote in some of the satellite magazines as well. While interviewing other people, he gave us a few tips that we should follow. The first thing was to ask open ended questions and to challenge the persons thinking. It is better if you don’t ask yes or no questions. Another tip that he gave us was to set the answer free and to not limit or set perimeters for the interviewee, and also to ask them how they are or how they are feeling. Not interrupting in what the interviewee is saying is helpful, and if you want to share your opinion, then share it at the end of the conversation. Another important point was not to ask two or three questions back to back, because it is most likely that the interviewee will forget the first question and will just answer the second one instead. Listening to the persons answer is very important so that you can understand what they are saying and so that you can ask follow up questions according to the previous answer. Changing the angle of which you ask the question is really important because many of the other interviewers will also ask the same questions but maybe from a different perspective. Being accurate plays a big role in journalism because you have to understand what is happening in the situation at that point in time so that you can write a detailed report about it later. The last tip is to be empathetic towards the interviewee so that they understand that you are listening to them and not going against them in any way.

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