May 24

Perspective on History

Why do people view history differently

Historical events such as the SARS virus outbreak in China, may be viewed from different perspectives, which causes thoughts or actions responding to the event of individuals to differ. Using both primary sources such as the interview with my parents, and secondary sources documented, a clear distinction of perspectives can be shown, reflecting of people’s actions in response to the virus outbreak. For example, my mother reaction to the outbreak was to bring me to the suburbs of China to avoid the infection, whereas my father had to stay in Beijing and keep working. In addition, the government’s contrasting point of view of the virus was to avoid terrorizing citizens, so the officials took the precaution of forbidding crucial information. This is all due to their different perspective on this event. And as we historians are trying to understand events, we must consider information from multiple perspectives. The perspective view on a same historical event may differ from people to people. This could be caused by their status as a person, which generates a different point of view.

 

Researches that I conducted using secondary sources such as online articles, has a factual and unbiased language and tone. From part 1’s background research, China experienced a “form of atypical pneumonia called severe acute respiratory syndrome also known as SARS”,  in November 2002, that began its rapid spread across the globe as claimed by Mr. Huang, Yanzhong from the U.S National Library of Medicine. At the crest of the outbreak was China, where the outbreak of SARS infected more than 5,300 people and killed 349 nationwide according to the Ministry of Health in 2003. The casualty facts are described with authoritative language. And by using a secondary source, history can be view from a non- emotional perspective. Which is an advantage of using secondary sources. Though we must also collect information from primary sources. This tragedy may impact people differently, and from various perspectives, people amy act and response differently as well.

 

However, researches conducted using primary source such as interviewing my parent, supplies me with emotive language and personal information, with a unique perspective on the SARS viral outbreak, that differs from the secondary sources. My parents described the SARS virus outbreak as quiet an “awkward situation”. Because if you enter into public places with a lot people, there are the potential threat of catching the virus. But my father claimed that he must maintain his attendance to work, in order to earn money. When I was around 1 and a half years old, my mother brought me to live with some of my relatives in the suburb areas to avoid the virus, in the Zhengzhou province, where the the virus is not dangerous, and lived with our relatives. Her protective actions towards me was driven by her own perspective of the virus outbreak; seeing it as an extremely dangerous situation and environment for the infant me to live in. From my mother’s perspective, she thinks with a more emotional affecting way, because she has a child that she must take care of. As it is a reason for why information from her perspective influences my view on SARS viral outbreak differently than information I gained from my father.

 

Furthermore, information collected from the interview with my father was described with rational language and less emotive tone. According to my father, he had to work in the Guanzhou province during that time of the outbreak, without knowing how dangerous it could have been. From Part 1’s research, Guanzhou is one the first and the most infected areas of the SARS virus. But now realising the potential danger, he is quite concerned that he could have caught the virus. Despite the realisation of such threat of catching the virus, my father’s risky actions are only understandable from his perspective of being a father. He must support the family financially. Thus he must remain work in dangerous environments. In the contrary to my mother, my father has his own perspective on the situation, and because of his status in family as a father. My father has more logical thinking, because he has a different perspective from my mother’s caring thinking towards her child. Which also impacts and changes my understand of the SARS virus outbreak.

 

Vastly contrasting to my parent’s perspective, the Chinese government reacted differently as well. At first the Chinese government tried to conceal the information of the virus outbreak, in order to avoid the terrorisation of citizens, during the beginning phase of the outbreak. According to my mother, the mayor of Beijing city proclaims that Beijing is completely safe from the virus. But from Part 1’s research, as the spread of virus progresses, the government finally release issues concerning about the danger of SARS virus, along with undertaking safety precautions. Such as quarantine of patients, immediate decrease in public transportation due the droplet infection of the virus. This act of forbidding crucial information to the public, was caused by the government’s consideration from their perspective. They analysed the event and the situation from a different a perceptive than my parents. The government officials had taken in the consideration of preventing terrorizing the citizens, as their first priority. That is why the government officials tried to keep the information hidden. Because their status in society as the government. Again, this is another example of how perceiving a same event from different perspect differ our actions and thoughts. Information hidden by the government caused a lack of knowledge to prevent infection of the virus. This proves that as we try to understand a historical event, information from the government record may not always be trusted. It may be concealed or altered for greater purposes. Thus we must take in information from a variety of sources.

 

Finally to conclude, our different perspectives makes our view historical events differs. Just like in this interview scenario, it was because my parents different status that varies; my father as the financial support of the family; my mother who must protect her child; and the government officials who is in charge of this nation; that changed their perspectives on the SARS viral outbreak. Which in turn led to differentiation in their actions responding to the event. Because they must take in the consideration of what is the most important thing for their actions. In addition, the implication on how my parents perceive history differently is important because we as individuals must judge and interpret the event base off of our own and unique perspective and our status in the world. Thus responding with the correct reaction that is the most suitable for us individually. Generally, as historical look at history, primary have uses subjective language caused by the emotive aspect of people, whereas secondary sources have objective tone such as the use of facts in news articles. Our world today is able to be so various and colourful is because of this exact reason, of how we perceive and react differently against the same historical event.

November 19

World Geography – South Africa Vs. United Kingdom

I’m going to use United Kingdom and South Africa, as examples of a comparison between a MEDC and a NIC. Which is more economically developed country and newly industrialised country.

First, let’s compare in terms of life expectancy, and GDP per capita. You can see that through the past sixty years, Britain has steadily, slowly and gradually became healthier and wealthier. Because the dot’s form a trend, increasing both GDP, and life expectancy. Whereas South Africa, increased life expectancy massively, and then decreased and increased again. And stayed pretty much the same on the GDP scale. So in the past sixty years, South Africa’s health has waved up and down up unsteadily and wealth didn’t change much. But Britain’s data shows that British people progressively live longer. To conclude, we can see that a MEDC like the United Kingdom increases steadily and gradually. But on the hand, a NIC like South Africa, which is currently industrialising, progresses unsteadily, and wavy.

Now let’s compare the total fertility, which is the number of children born by woman, and the infant mortality, which is the number of children that make it past 2 – 3 years old. South Africa has massively decreased the total fertility, and also decreased infant mortality a little. Thus we can infer that South Africa is gradually trying to improve family planning. Such as improving birth control. Because the dramatic decrease in fertility rate indicates that less children are born. But the slight decrease in infant mortality shows that South Africa can maybe also improve on health care for babies, because that data implies that less children are making over 2 – 3 years old. Unlike South Africa, the UK has only decreased the total fertility a little bit. But it has decreased infant mortality a whole lot. This can tell us that the number of babies that die before the age of three, has increased hugely. Some factors that could cause poor conditions for babies, such as multiple birth are more likely to have a low birth weight, compared to single babies. Also mother that smoke are quite commonly seen in Britain, which can lead to poor condition for birth.

Now let’s compare the total energy produced, and the population growth. First, the UK’s total energy production increased significantly, then it hit a huge down fall, but there was no massive jumps between dots, and it was mostly going on a trend. And the population growth kind of stayed the same. This shows that Britain is more industrialised, because of the head start during the industrial revolution. Because there was enough energy to support the population. In 2000, the UK government decide they want to decrease the CO2 emission, by constraining energy policy. That’s why it hit a down fall. In contrast to Britain, the currently industrialising South Africa needs more energy, as you can see, it is slowly increasing, slowing industrialising. And the population changes inconsistently, but it decreased incredibly in 2001. This indicates that the newly rising and industrialising countries are very unstable, compared to the MEDCs. Especially in terms of health.

Conclusion

These GapMinder animated data maps can tell us many things about a country. It indicates the trend of a country, thus we may have a prediction of how the country will go in the future. For example, a very developed country like UK, will gradually increase wealth and health. Also, these information can tell you areas of improvement for countries. For example, South Africa’s life expectancy was very unstable. So their government should spend more financial power on improve better medical system and health care.

 

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May 7

Food Labels – Reflection Paragraph

I think this project was quite interesting. Because I get to learn how to use/create and play around with a newly introduced thing call infographic, and I think that’s going to help me out a lot in other research situations. So this project is also pretty useful.

One of the things that was frustrating is as always, researching (it’s one of my weakness) Some sources say that beef is has the most carbon footprints, but some other sources say that lamb has the most carbon footprint. I had to do some investigation on the side. I choose to trust the site that seems the least bias.

One of the ways that I have used in my food label to show people the carbon footprints and water footprints in different foods, is by comparing the amount consumed, to other numbers that we’re familiar with in our daily life.(wow that’s a long sentence) For example, I have compared 1500 litres of water to the equivalent to 1 year of daily shower. It’s hard for us to estimate or imagine how much 1500 litres of water is, but we know roughly how much water we use in showers, and times that by a year, you can easily imagine the amount of water that was used.

Also, I’ve tried to convince people to buy things that consumes lower carbon / water footprint, by making a graph that compares different foods. For example, if you want to reduce the carbon footprint, you should buy more beef than lamb, because lamb consumes more CO2 than beef as shown in the graph.

We have discuss and able to draw the conclusion that the pesticide is the easiest to attack. David said that it’s not hard to trace back to the origin of the foods, and research about the pesticide in foods. And the Child Labor was quite hard. Because Julynn said that there’s no much child labor or informations about child labor in food. It’s mostly facts about gold and clothings.

Our group works went okay (surprisingly JK :P). We each worked on a different problems. I think we should change that next time. Because if we get stuck, no one can help us because we’re all focusing on a different topic. Also, I want to see if three of us working on a topic them move on to the next is faster or more efficient than each of us split up and work on different topics.

June 5

Marco Polo’s Passport

Hi guys, in the recent week, our class had been working on a  project in oriental country class, creating a passport of Marco Polo. We read description of places where Marco Polo traveled and made a passport of him including the information of China.

Marco Polo
April 16

Civilization

Civilization is a living society that s made by a group people. There are three main things about civilizations, they are 1. Economy: money, trades; 2. Culture: religions, clothing, food and music; 3. Government: People that are in charge of the civilization.

In this unit of Humanities, we’ve been working on a project called the long lost civilization. We basically just make our own national geographic of the made- up civilization which is made by our- self. Click on the link to check it out.

Front page

Article

I’m proud of that because I think I wrote a lot of details about the discovery of the civilization that I made. And I think it looks like a national geographic. Also I think it was really creative and good looking.

From this project, I’ve learnt a lot of thing. For example, what makes a civilization, what’s a civilization’s characteristics. In addition, how to make a national geographic and a magazine.