Japan & Saudi Arabia

Before in the 1930’s there used to be a huge difference between Japan and Saudi Arabia, Japan leading in most indicators such as Infant Mortality Rate, GDP per capita, Human Development Index (HDI), Life expectancy and Literacy Rate. But after Saudi Arabia discovered it’s oil and started trading with more countries, the economy and the whole country developed. A price improvement around 1980 during the Iran-Iraq War brought Saudi Arabia to what has been its economic peak (in terms of per capita income).

HDI and life expectancy

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HDI affects life expectancy as the better the HDI, the safer and cleaner place is and people live longer. Here it clearly shows that the HDI and life expectancy rate has a strong connection and effects both in a positive manner. The higher the HDI is the higher the life expectancy was. Although now Saudi Arabia is now where Japan used to be in 1980, looking at the straight upwards line Saudi Arabia is following, it is very possible for them to catch up to us or keep following in Japan’s footsteps until Japan’s development steadies and Saudi Arabia catches up.

Child mortality rate and child fertility rate

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Child morality and child fertility rate are as child morality is how many kids are born and child fertility is  annual number of births per thousand population, basically measuring how large the families are. Between 1980 and 2011 the change in Saudi Arabia was drastic. The total fertility only 35 years ago was around 7 is now decreased to 2.5 and the child morality used to be around 100 is now lowered to 9. A huge improvement in development is seen during this time in Saudi Arabia. Although Japan doesn’t have as big of an improvement as Saudi, Japan had an bump of improvement from around 1985 to 1890.


GDP per capita and infant mortality 

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GDP influences infant mortality rate as the richer the country is, in most cases the better the lifes of the people are. Making it a better place to live and less kids die as it is safer, cleaner, and over all better. Japan moves in a circle but in the end the trend is that both lines goes up. In the beginning during the world war 2 where Japan participated, there is no pattern. Saudi Arabia from half way goes up and continues o grow to this day.

Les presento a uno amigo Tessa

Les presento a uno amiga Tessa. Tessa es de Nueva Zelanda, y tiene 13 años. A Tessa le gusta comer papas fritas y beber refrescos, pero no le gusta comer tomates. A Tessa no le gusta practicar al futbol y leer un libro. A Ella le gusta mirar la televisión y ir al centro comercial y al almuerzo. También a Tessa le gusta escuchar musica.


Drama Reflection

Elevator Scene:

I believe I could do better on improving my facial expression and making it more appropriate for the situation. For example, when it was a serious situation, my face showed a hint of a smile. Because of my status, I could be more bossy or stuck up. My attitude was less serious and less moody as mentioned in his character identity kit. But overall, although there are many things I could improve on, I think the performance was good.

My crying was pretty realistic and the change of character from the beginning to the middle to the end is drastic. I act all high and mighty in the beginning, but during the middle I break down because of the stress. My character pretends to be powerful and heartless but during the skit, the audience finds out the character is just as insecure and venerable as the others.

I think I could improve on staying on task during practise as when I’m in a group with my friends we get distracted and side tracked often. To prevent this I will try to keep in mind our goal for the day to accomplish something and remind them that we need to stay on task. But over all, the unit was very fun and we learned how t act as characters with status.