Kaldor's Intro to Sociology Fall 2013
About this class
Students in this class will be blogging about social problems around the world. Student bloggers will review journalism, social science research, and films concerning social problems in a variety of countries.
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As I was scrolling through NewsActivist, the title of your article popped out at me. Although I did not see this film, after reading your review, I really wish I got a chance to watch it. Your explanations were very clear and gave me a desire to watch this movie on my own time. Racism and discrimination is still remains in the workforce today in America, although it is very subtle. For example, in my Race, Class, and Gender course, we talked about how Walmart and other department stores give women a lower wage than men and tend to avoid hiring black females as cashiers. People in many different cultures all want to achieve their dreams and do what’s best for themselves. Diouana made a strong attempt, but the harshness from the French couple and the overwhelming experience from culture shock led her to a make a drastic and unfortunate decision. Although I have never experienced gender or racial discrimination in the workplace, it is obvious that it still exists today.
This was one of the movies I truly enjoyed. The story was captivating and moving. I enjoyed seeing the change in Simon's character as he got to know Bilal. In the end, I believe his death brought him and his ex-wife closer, but also changed him as a person. The cultural strains that Simon and Bilal went through together were tough. They were thing I would have never thought would have been a problem. Unfortunately for some people, it takes a lot to see beyond the race and culture of another human being. But that is what eventually happened. I agree, the ending with sad. But it also gave a sense of completion and a feeling of a good lesson learned.
What happened in the Philippines was an absolute tragedy. I don't understand why it got so little media coverage. The casualties were huge, the injured larger. The Philippines is not that large, many of these people have no where to go. I have read that the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders have been closely involved with giving aid. It's horrifying to think what would happen if a major disease spread through the country. They need more aid and more attention. Many of their living conditions were not good in the first place. Hopefully they find a quick path to recovery.
I really enjoyed reading your article. I have always known about the one-child policy that china has had but I never really thought about what that meant. Mainly because in America were so used to people having and wanting semi big families. There are barely and Movies or stories about families with an only child in the United States. So to hear that their “plan” is backfiring actually makes sense now that I understand more about Chinese culture. Now I know that a boy is preferred, so if a boy is preferred then everyone’s going to try to have a boy, and then if everyone tries to have boys then eventually it won’t balance out anymore. I think you did a very good job and spreading awareness about different changes and modifications that are happening in other countries.
I think you did a great job on this post. The title really captured me because I was able to almost relate to the situation of having some sort of “forbidden friendship.” I feel like this topic is very accurately depicted in your article. I like how you started it out with yes/no questions people would probably answer in their heads, this sort of draws the reader in especially if they answered yes to one of them. I didn’t see the movie before I read the article but after watching the movie, this is a very good summary of it. It really makes the reader almost feel and imagine the bond that was formed between Simon and Bilal.
I agree with your comment that it is a positive thing that China seems to be making more of an effort to lessen the severity of their One Child Policy. Personally, I think this law is ridiculous and almost unethical. Reproduction is one of the most common and natural things for humans to do. It is what keeps the world population up and the economies thriving. To think that one of the most advanced countries in the modern world has a government system that made a written law telling its citizens they are not allowed to have more than one child is beyond my comprehension. This is a basic human right and if a couple chooses to start a family of their own, who is to say that they should have to limit the size of it? Though I understand China is one of the most densely populated countries in the world for its size, and some type of action needs to be taken, I do not think this is the way to go. I was very glad to hear that they were going to lift this law, even if it is only adding one more child to certain families. I think that there are alternative ways to control the population rather than dictating the size of a family.
I can relate to your blog post a lot but in a different situation. instead of it being with my family it was with my elementary school. I went to a school that had both Haspanic and African American, which is what I am. However the majority of the school was Hispanic.Going to a dominitly Hispanic school made me feel like I didn't belong there. I had some African American friends but that was it. You was always able to see the separtion between the two races even when we got to the 5th grade you could still see the separation between all of us. I felt that while in school i was an outcast but after school i felt more comfortable.
I think this is a very well written post! I agree with many of the points you have made about adoption and how the four girls must feel about their situations. As wrong as it is to say, it seems that in society if an individual looks noticeably different than the others he/she is surrounded with, they will be treated much differently, often times not in a good way. Though the girls were adopted at young ages, raised by American families, and practice traditional American culture, they still look Chinese and it will always be clear that they are not truly “American”. It is interesting because I have two friends that were adopted from China as babies, and they constantly say that the only thing Chinese about them is their physical appearance. In a way, it is good that they were able to comfortably adapt to American culture with ease. On the other hand, though, sometimes they wish that they had more cultural ties to their Asian heritage. Regardless, cultural adaptation is a prevalent occurrence when it comes to adoption. Great post!
I agree with your post because i feel that the one child policy is unfair to the parents who want to have more than one child. Its not only unfair to the parents but to the child as well. Being that I am the only childi feel that growing up without another sibling was somewhat boring because even though I was always around my cousins when it was time for me to go home I found myself to be very bored because i had no one to play with. And I feel that at a young age a child should be around kids his/her age to interact with. Ifeel that the one child policy is putting a restriction on families and what their allowed to do. Also your statements on the abolishment of labor camps is something that i also agree with, by getting rid of the one child policy and labor camps will allow China to grow more ifficently and become more modernize.
This post on the chosen article was very interesting being that it applies to one of the most influential topics in today’s society in the United States. When two individuals become parents, each individual has a set way and specific standard as to how they want their child to be raised. This is usually based on past experiences or even various instances witnessed throughout their life span. But when it is actually time for the person to raise the child, they experiences many different types of circumstances that may set them back or set them a foot forward, whatever instance it may be, the pre intended way the parent wanted to the child to be raised may need be altered. But parenting is not the only thing that can be related to the child’s drug use. The parents may do everything right in their hand book of parenting but when it comes down to the amount and the exact extent in which the child was exposed to the drugs, that can also be a big factor on what the child decides to get involved with.
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