Recently, we’ve been working on a project about building a city. However, not just any city, but to create a sustainable city. After all the research and reading the most/least liveable cities , we came up with a lot of ideas to incorporate and not include in our own city. We made three information to promote Reltin City.
The city speech
This is the actual map for our city:
This is our promotion for our city: (Quote inspired from Disney)
Why do people view history differently?
People view history differently in many different reasons. The first reason could be personal experiences someone went through during the event. From what I looked at when I was researching the Second World War in Japan, I noticed that the perspective that I read about in websites(on the WW2) and books differ to my interviewee’s perspective. What changed the perspectives were personal experiences that my interviewee coped with and how it affected them both mentally and physically. Moreover, how the environment that they have been in affected them to think opposite of what was written in the sources that I collected. However, other than personal experiences, another reason could be how people were taught about the event. During WW2, people were taught to love their own country but hatred for the enemy. As soldiers during the WW2 were taught to obey what they were told to do and could not open up their own feelings. Even if they did, that would disrespect their own country and their leader as this was a problem in Japan when Japanese people were willing to sacrifice their own life in the name of the Emperor during that time.
Why does it matter that they do?
I think that when learning about history, it is important that we also look at information in depth rather than looking at it broadly. Like how books talk about a certain event in a general form and often categorise people into one thing. And we don’t really get to see how the event influenced people one by one. For that reason, it matters to examine different perspective so we could understand two sides and not just one. Also, when I interviewed people for my topic, I got to understand them more which was an opportunity to get to know them better.
Hernandez, Saddie. “I Just Needed a Different Perspective.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 26 June 2010. Web. 28 May 2015.
Brief summary of what I’ve achieved:
We’ve just finished our I&S unit on globalisation focusing on Yokohama. For most of the unit, we’ve worked on the biggest project that I have came across so far in my life. The project was all about globalisation within Yokohama and there were four parts to it. I would really like to thank Ms. Madrid for reminding us to finish each part of the project done by a particular date because I was more organised and was able to hand in all parts of the project at once; it was extremely helpful.
What did you learn about globalisation?
What I learned about globalisation is like a seed at first; starts off small, unnoticeable and gradually spreads throughout. With water and sun which in this case the water represents people and the sun represents the import goods. However, if the plant is always getting sunlight, it will dry, like how globalisation will lose it’s countries original culture. Though, if the plant was provided with too much water it will drown, like how a country will increase it’s population. Therefore, everything must be equal and you can’t have one thing more than another.
What did you learn about doing BIG projects?
When you come across BIG projects, you really need to be able to manage your time wisely. I learned to make a deadline for each part of the project so in the end when the whole project is due, I am not rushing and making things done one-minute. I also learned to avoid staying up all night as much as possible just to finish up something. This is because when I am tired, my brain can’t process and come up with ideas as much compared to when I am working on this project during class time at school. In result, I’d be missing something important in my writing or didn’t get the ideal score that I desired.
What are you proud of?
The part that I am most proud of the project is criteria b; investigating. This is because I had the opportunity to interview my dad, which he’s been living in Yokohama for all his life. This was extremely helpful because I got to apply that information into the annotations. Also, I am proud of the fact that I am a bilingual person. This is because a lot of sources were written in Japanese, which meant that I didn’t have to use google translation a lot, and understand it quickly.
During the past few weeks in Individuals and Societies, we have been working on our new unit: What is progress? In this unit, we’ll learn which countries are more developed and which ones are not. We used gap minder to find out two countries(MEDC/LEDC) of our choice. The following indicators show the comparison of Norway and Sierra Leone.
Birth rate: The first graph; birth rate(population of births) is the total number of births per 1,000 of a population in a year. I found out that by the end of 2013, Sierra Leone had 38 births per 1,000 and a life expectancy of 46 years. But Norway had 12 births and a life expectancy of 82 years. One thing that concerns me is if there were more older people in a country, there are less younger people working.
Population growth: Population growth is the number of how much people increase in a country. You can clearly see that there is a big gap between both countries during the 1990s. This is because of the Civil War that had occurred in Sierra Leone. Many children were involved in the war, leaving hundreds of deaths. The Civil War ended in january 18th of 2002. This made the countries population increase and by the end of 2011, it is as same as Norway.
Infant Mortality Rate: Infant Mortality Rate is the total numbers of 0-5 children dying. The graph shows the infant mortality rate for Norway is higher than hundred. However, the data for Sierra Leone starts from 1950. This means that the numbers of children dying was over three hundred. But towards 2011, both of the countries; especially Norway, decreases their infant mortality rate.
GDP per capita: The more wealthy a country is, the more economically developed. Therefore, if a country is more economically developed, they can provide education, health care, and other resources. Although, in order to gain them, a country needs to increase it’s GDP per capita.
The first thing I noticed was during the 1800s, the life expectancy in Norway went down to 27 years. This is because in 1814, the Swedish-Norweigian War took place. The result was Norway entering union with Sweden. But after the war, the income per person increased to $40, 000(one of the highest countries)as well as the life expectancy(oldest). In this situation, even though the life expectancy decreases, the income per person kept expanding.
On the other hand, the GDP for Sierra Leone did not increase until late 1940s. However, when I thought the country was going to develop more, there was a big change. The income per person went down to $400 but eventually came across t0 $1000.
Human Development Index (HDI): HDI measures how much a country has achieved economically and socially. In 2011, Norway was the world’s most developed country(0.943) leaving Sierra Leone as the least developed country(0.336).
Fertility rate: Fertility rate is the total children per women in a country. In the graph, its shows that Norway wasn’t very stable. This is because in that time, Norway wasn’t as developed as it is now. But as it came towards 2011, Norway had less children per women which made the country at the top of the chart. Sierra Leone also has a big change.
Life expectancy: The life expectancy measures the average of how long people live in a country. What I explained earlier, the life expectancy of Norway increases as the income per person gets bigger. This means that there are more older people than younger generations. This is because the more wealthy a country is, the more energy you could provide which make you live longer. In 1918, the influenza strikes leaving Sierra Leone’s life expectancy to 12 years.
- Literacy Rate: Literacy rate is how much people in a country has the ability to read, write, spell, listen, and speak. The graph shows the literacy rate of the adults(total) in both countries. The indicator didn’t show the literacy rate of Norway. But according to this website , it said 100%(probably higher). The indicator didn’t start until late 2000. Maybe because the country hasn’t made a big change before that. What I found out was that the more educated you are, the more jobs you’ll get which leads to wealth.
Development: In conclusion, I’ll explain the overall development of the indicators in both of the countries. After researching the different data above, it is clear that Norway is a MEDC(more economically developed country) and Sierra Leone is a LEDC(less economically developed country). However, towards 2011, Sierra Leone starts to improve more. Comparing Sierra Leone to Norway, they have a very different environment. Since the environment in Sierra Leone isn’t sanitised, a lot of disease’s develop from the country.
A weak ago, we missed some of our classes. Instead, we visited the Gr. 8 Humanities/ICJC Shakkyo at the school auditorium. A parent of a former graduated student of YIS who was a buddhist priest came to tell us about the religion, Buddhism. Our current unit in humanity is world religions. Our first task we did was to research our chosen religious topic. During the day, I learned that some of the religious rules in buddhism were similar to my religion, christianity. We also learned how he became a buddhist priest. It was because he was also a former student of YIS, and his father was also a priest and he wanted to be like his father.
Image by: ndbekah https://flic.kr/p/pacqbT
I enjoyed that instead of just learning what buddhism is, to actually experiencing it. Also, I don’t normally do Japanese calligraphy so it was something I found quite entertaining but difficult at the same time. I though the sutra copying was difficult because we were forced to do it even though I didn’t know what it said, only that it was Chinese.
Meditation is one of the important things we could do. In buddhism, meditation is the only way to take away all the worries, stress, fears, and other confusions we face. It is also to calm and refresh our mind. After I’ve done meditating, I felt extremely fresh. Sutra copying is one of the holy writings of buddhism.
Japan is impacted in Buddhism in many ways. Such as, the Japanese calendar is based on Buddhism. Which means, many holidays of Japan are based from buddhism. And there are many buddhist temples in Japan where both Japanese and foreigners visit. There are also buddha statues in severe areas of Japan. One of the buddhist statue that I know is the one in Kamakura, Japan.
Image by: Julien LOZELLI https://flic.kr/p/9t4KsN