Comparing Developments of Japan and Kenya || I&S

Recently in I&S class, we have been learning and discussing the different ways a countries development can be measured. For this assessment blog post, we picked two countries and the we compared and contrasted their level of development over the years.

For this blog post I picked to compare and contrast Kenya and Japan’s life expectancy rate (in years) and Income per person (GDP/capita). The first huge gap I noticed about these two countries are that (referring to the statistics in 2012) Japan has a larger life expectancy compared to Kenya which still lies around the part where they only live until 61 when Japan has a life expectancy of 83 in the same year (2012).  Even though Japan is currently at the top of the graph for life expectancy, it was once near Kenya’s life expectancy rate in 1945 (Japan’s life expectancy rate was 31 when Kenya’s life expectancy rate was 29 at that time). Which was the year when World War II ended. Even though Japan had more developed technology, the tables were flipped when they lost in World War II. I believe that this mostly because at that time, Japan’s priority was to win and get the fighting airplanes back safely so they can use them again and not the soldiers and the citizens lives. Which is probably one of Japan’s worst decisions ever made during World War II. While on the other hand, Americas first priority was to get the soldiers back safely. This decision lead to America still having the experts and the experienced soldiers. It is noticeable that the reason America won the war beside the development of technology was that they didn’t act and not care like soldiers were things and not actually living which is what Japan exactly did and killed all their skillful and intelligent soldiers.

From the 1945, it is clear that Japan has recovered and now leads the graph along with other MEDC’s. In addition, the average income per person (2012 data) in Japan is $31274 when Kenya is around $1518 on average which is a huge gap and tells us indirectly that Japan has developed medical care and technology which leads to a higher life expectancy when Kenya is still not that developed. But Kenya also had its ups and downs for example, in Kenya the years, from 1989 up until about 2000, the life expectancy rate has decreased and in 2000 it was 53. This can be explained by the diseases that were around and was epidemic at that time such as HIV and AIDS. Also by the mid 1990’s it was one of the major causes of mortality in the country putting huge demands on the healthcare system including economy.

Japan and Kenya Graph 1945 Japan and Kenya Graph 2012

Then I looked at child mortality rate (0-5 year-olds dying per 1,000 born) and children per women. By looking at this graph, I noticed that the average children per women is 1.4 kids and the child mortality rate is 3 which is extremely low and shows why the population is decreasing now and there aren’t that much young people in the population now of Japan because their are more aged people compared to young people which means that this generation will struggle on this issue in the future. I believe that Japan has a very low risk of a new born dying because, Japan’s medical equipment in hospitals are developed which helps save lives. But on the other hand, Kenya does not have medical equipment and technology as developed as Japan which is why their is a gap between the child mortality rate for Japan and for Kenya which is 73. Also I believe that people that live in Kenya have more children’s compared to Japan because, they need children’s to help them with their farms because most of the people that live in Kenya only gets a small amount of incomes every year so they don’t have enough money to hire helpers that can help them with their farms or their house work like we can if we wanted to.

Graph of Japan and Kenya's Child Mortality and Child per women in 2012

I have learnt a lot from all the research I’ve done and also working with gap minder helped me understand the statistics because it is easily visualized and mainly because I find graphs easier to understand then a big chunk of words about the topic with complicated words and phrases I’ve never heard before. Now I also know terms that I didn’t know before this unit has started. Such as MEDC’s, LEDC’s, child morality and GDP Capita etc.

Field Studies Reflection | 2015

A few weeks ago, we went to something called ‘Field Studies’. Field Studies is a thing that our whole grade including a few teachers go for a trip for 5 days and do some outdoor (for our grade) activities and interact with each other. Our main reason of going this year was to get out of our ‘comfort zones’.

That must be the main reason we had many activities and challenging things. We did Rafting, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Ropes + Rock Climbing, Geocashing, Canyoning, and did some team building activities. We also had a production group where we split in to small groups and made a skit about the word we were given. Our groups word was ‘cooperation’ so we made a skit where 3 customers cooperate and defeat the robbers in the shop which was phenomenal.

Also before I went on the trip, I was terrified of my roommates and who it will be. One of my biggest fears were not getting any people I wrote on the survey (so the teachers can sort out the roommates and who will be with who) most of the people got at least 1 person they wanted. But the worst part is that I didn’t get anyone I wanted in my room. Yes, literally no one (This was probably how I started saying ‘I wanna go home’ everyday 24/7). When I knew that I freaked out but, afterwords when I got in my room, I noticed that I had 2 close friends in my room which made me feel much better. After staying in the same room as 2 people I didn’t really know (we had 5 people in our room) I got to know them a little better.

But I had the worst luck during field studies. I literally was sick for the whole time ‘accidentally’ spreading my sickness to the people around me. Which means I had to sleep and get some rest. So I couldn’t do Canyoning, Ropes + Rock Climbing. Even though I did some activities such as Rafting, Canoeing and Mountain Biking, the only two that were fun and ok were Rafting and Canoeing. This is because, when I was doing Mountain Biking and going down that steep hill which was terrifying to me, I panicked and pushed the breaks on my bike too hard that my mountain bike front flipped more times then it should. By memory, I think it front flipped about 5 times and about 3/5th of the time, I was on the bike but escaped somehow. The team building activity and games were not bad because, my group members were fun I thought it was. But I wish we had free time more to spend with friends because, all the time for free time we had were only in the night before we shower and sleep and a small portion of time before breakfast. But it wasn’t bad as I thought and even though I was sick the whole time, some of the activities were fun.

Elevator Scene Reflection || Drama

Recently, in drama class we have been working on characterization and stereotypes. This has been a big unit and we recently finished a skit which was a setting in a shopping mall that we were trapped in a elevator for about 3 minutes and we had to develop a characters social status or attitude. Our setting was in a shopping mall. In our group we had Jaemin as the shop worker, George as the child and Alex as the father, and I was a college student that was shopping.  I think our group worked very well but sometimes it was hard to concentrate as a group and work and not joke around.

Our group used stereotypes to raise/drop (develop) social status. For example, at first I was sassy and was at a high social status but, after I met one of the people I know in the elevator which was the child’s father that works at apple (Alex) and I became more friendly and didn’t bother to say sarcastic mean things to others. Through out the scene, I used vocal delivery and attitude to act out the sassy and selfish of my character by raising my voice and acting annoyed when the child (George) talked and asked me questions. My character mainly developed and had a better attitude in the end of the scene and this was influenced when I met one of the people I know (Alex) and when the elevator opened.

I think we all did well and we tried our best. But most of the times, we couldn’t focus and were distracted most of the times when we gathered up to practice the scene. I thought we could improve more on developing attitudes, vocal delivery, status and stereotypes for some characters. For example, I thought we should’ve developed Alex’s character because he only changed emotions (when he got angry at Jaemin) and some part of his attitude towards my character. I also thought that we could’ve worked more on not facing our backs to the audience because at sometimes, George and Alex had there back facing towards the audience that were watching from the corner.

8C Drama: Elevator Scene3 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.