The video we watched today was about homosexual. Both uncle Ronnie and the narrator are gay. From the tone of the narrator, we feel Uncle Ronnie and the narrator have suffered big pressure from surrounding environment. This video makes me understand and know gay’s feeling, which reminds me a close friend of mine, who is homosexual too.
He is from a small city of southwest China, and now working as a mechanic engineer in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is now one of biggest world financial centers, highly internationalized and civilized. However, in work place, especially state owned facilities, homosexual is still a taboo. He has to behave extremely carefully to not let anyone at work notice his sexual preference, though he has a serious and stable relationship with his boyfriend for years. More important and more scarier for him is that he cannot let his family knows. In the small town he grew up, a less developed remote and small city of China, homosexual is still taken as monster. He once told me that if his relatives and parents’ neighbors know his situation, there will be no room left for neither him nor his family. Meanwhile, his parents share the same prejudice with the relatives and neighbors. Now he is about thirty, his parents are pushing to get married. He once mentioned that his ex boyfriend, hiding his sexual preference,was married to a heterosexual woman when 32 out of family pressure, just like every traditional Chinese does. He is four years to that age now. He tries his best to live his life to the fullest in the coming four years. And after that, he may probably get married to a heterosexual woman after several blind dates too. Then start a tragedy of him and an innocent woman whose husband will never be able to live her.
I feel deeply sorry for him. Though more and more people understand and support homosexual as equally as heterosexual, in some countries and regions, there is still long way for them to fight an equal right and public acceptance. Best wishes to my friends.
This is a small learning memoir after watching Eminem’s music video Headlights from a first person standpoint of view. This is the first time I write this type of articles. In our group discussion, I proposed some ideas. In order to improve my writing skills, I decided to take them down as a smooth story or at least monologue. It feels a bit weird though. I will try my best.
Hi mom, I understand that in the past years, what I expressed in my songs may probably make you believe that I still blame you for kicking my out on Christmas eve, despite the snow and cold weather outside, nor what a wonderful Christmas I was looking forward to, for all the anger that you placed on me because of dad’s left, for Nate got taken away by the state at 8 years old and so on, the innumerous feuds between us. I hated you for years and composed the hatred into my lyrics to express to the whole world. I even took your right to witness the birth of your grandchildren. I thought it would make me feel better. However, it didn’t. The longer as I am being a farther, the better I understand you. I wanted to keep a cozy family for my kids. However, my marriages didn’t survive. All you did is the best you could for Nathan and me. I am no longer the little kid who had nowhere to go and belong to nowhere. It is time to remove the rock on my chest. I no longer hate you, mom, we still estrange though.
Today we had the first group discussion of WRA 110, Chapter 5: Writing to Share Experience from The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College Writing for Life. In the past, I wrote learning memoir when thinking myself as the only reader, out of my interest only. However, this Chapter provides me a new angle of learning memoir to attract audience’s interesting based on my personal experience and understanding, which I ignored.
From the content of this chapter, there are four aspects should take into consideration when we write an article. They are they are rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading and writing, writing process and knowledge of convention. Efficient writing require authors to make many choices, many of which selection is based on rhetorical knowledge, including the writer’s audience, the nature of the writer’s subject matter, and the writer’s relationship to the subject, etc. It is the tone of the article. Critical thinking is, in one aspect, to follow hypothesis to explain the challenges of a piece of paper and to observe the different angles. In another aspect, it is also the problem of what and how the opinion is located in the great value, and has what kind of capability. Reading and writing is helpful us better understand the meaning and the purpose of an article. Last but not least, all the previous three steps are helpful to understand and organize my thoughts before writing, and writing process is the step to transfer thoughts into articles. A good writing makes it easy for audiences to understand. When finishing an article, it is always good and necessary step to check if the article is coherent.
The first course of Writing was held today, I was expecting this professional Writing for a long time. As an international student, I believe I am pretty good as calculations, answering questions and all the rest homework which has specific limitation and direction though. Readings and writings, especially writings, including reports, essays, thesis, etc., make me headache every time. After careful thinking and looking into experiences, I think my writing anxiety is probably brought by three reasons.
Firstly, it is limited readings. Since English is my second language, most material I read in the past are not in this language. I tried a lot when I made the decision that I want to study in the U.S. though. Secondly, it is because that I am not familiar with English writing styles and types. Thirdly, it is lacking of confidence. Academic journals were really not covered in my old reading materials, either in Chinese nor English. I indeed took some learning memoir, however, they were did out of interesting or learning purpose in the way of my personal preference and consider myself as the only reader.
After the first course of WRA 110 to get a general understanding of this course, I believe I find a right tool to help me cure writing headache. In this course, professor introduces different types of writings, readings and assignments, which divided understanding and tools of reading and writing into pieces, so that we can learn and practice from easy to hard. I started to like this course, which shows me where to start to understand and improve writing skills.
In the process of learning to write an essay, I have learnt to plan an essay before writing. Before starting to write an essay, the outline could use the list in the form of inductive thinking, namely brainstorming. This approach is demonstrated the free writing with the same nature, require writers to open ideas, fully associative, and do not take into account the views is completely subject. Using the list of inductive ideas, it is not necessary to have to write sentences. Usually, inductive thinking is divided into two steps: the first step, all content related themes can be thought together to write; the second step is to write these ideas or details of classified, and remove irrelevant contents. If the thought of the content is limited, only a few points, so it is necessary to continue the association, or by reading to gather ideas. Not only the brainstorming, but also drawing a picture is used for quick structuring an essay.
The drawing picture was conceived in a visual form of organization of ideas, it is more than the image text outline or list forms; it can stimulate the writers fully associative. Drawing pictures are tending to start from the center of the paper, write the main idea in a circle. Then outlines several radial branches as a sub argument mainly from the circle, point and can have more arguments details. To start such a layer upon layer, can enrich the contents of the article. Drawing a picture would enhance the performance of the brainstorming.