February 28

Who Lives, and Who dies

When Hitler invaded his German troops surrounded the city of Leningrad and put it under a 900 day siege. Leningrad was cut off from the rest of the Soviet Union, and unable to get constant resources for a while. Men, women, and children died of starvation, some were said to  have turned to cannibalism. The limited amount of food that was available was distributed with ration cards, but there was not enough for everyone which led to starvation

Throughout the siege, ration coupons got distribute to people, but the amount of food distributed was not enough for many families. If the soldiers stave or become weak then the Germans could get inside the city and kill everyone. I believe that the children, soldiers, and mothers should receive the most amount of food, since the mothers would really know how to share the food at a time like these and the children, mostly teenagers has a high chance of surviving then most of the people in the siege. Over the time of the siege more and more people died and the population kept decreasing making it very difficult to know how many people were still alive. People were dying or just going missing, leaving people not knowing whether they were dead or alive.

How would you choose who lives and who dies?

What would you do at an extreme condition like this? Would you be greedy and keep all the food to yourself? or Give out the food to the people who need it?


January 11

What it’s Truly Like to Experience War ?

Norman had said that “The only way to recapture the experience of war on film is to put a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience.” [Norman]

To what extent can a movie show us what it is like to experience war? 

I think a lot of people has a different idea to others about what war really means, and this is from watching war movies, documentaries and reading different articles or book about war. When we watch war movie we have a different expectation or idea of what is it like. We may have known how the war might look like but we cannot recapture the feeling of being on the battlefield, the different things that we think in our mind when we see dead bodies everywhere, the smell of the rotten bodies of it all. People who sit in the cinema do not or cannot have the same emotion as to what the men and women on the battlefield are feeling because they feel like they are safe and they don’t have to worry about anything.  Without having to go through a war, there is no true way to recapture completely what it’s really like. Nowadays, the movie industries and other resources are allowing to be more informed of what war is really like.

According to what Norman said, I partly agree with it, because of the “recapturing of war”, but I don’t agree with what he said about putting a machine gun behind the screen and gun down the audience. I think it’s a little too much, but I truly understand what he meant by that. I think what he means is that people shouldn’t be really getting information about war just by watching war movies but to hear the true meaning of what war really is. Personally, I don’t like to watch war movies and all that, but after hearing all different opinions from different people it has led me to this question.

“What do you think it’s truly like to experience war.”?  

November 22

Reflection And Assessment: The Trading Game

In our envelope, we were missing some of the really important resources like scissors, ruler, compass, etc. My group started the task with lots of paper, four pencils and $200. We spent almost ten minutes trying to acquire scissors so we could cut out our different shapes. It was really challenging to find a group that would trade or shares scissors with us. Once we found a way to share scissors with another group, we started cutting out our shapes as fast as we can. We were very efficient on the first half of the game that we were leading, But when it comes to the second half  we were falling behind everyone else because we were sharing the scissors, so it was really hard to cut out all our shapes at once, since the other group also need to use the scissors.At the end, we found out that we came last but we tried our very best.and how some country

I’m not quite sure what our group supposes to represent, but I think our group was a low economically developed country( LEDC) with some natural resources that are really important. According to all of the group, we have the most pencils. So we did not know that if we trade the pencil with something that we need, we would actually get it because everyone needs the pencil to draw with, in order for them to cut out their shapes. We really did have a lot of pencils, but we didn’t know how important it will be to other group until it was too late, but we still manage to trade with some things.

We represented a LEDC country and lacked a lot of the tools that we need in order to turn our natural resources into money. We didn’t have any scissors, ruler or compasses. We went to other NIC or MEDC group to trade what we had for something that we need. None of the group were willing to trade but we were lucky enough that one group decided to share the scissors with us. We started making really good money on that first half of the game.

I personally think that this is a true reflection on world trade as the papers represents the natural resources  and the tools (scissors,pencils,etc) represents the technology and other different skilful things. All this shows what a country has and how people started off with very different amount of money. It also shows the disparity between two countries in the world and how some countries natural resources don’t have the means to turn their natural resources into making money. The game is also  accurate as it takes into to demand of the world trade the prices of the things would change if too many people were making the same products.