I.M.’s Collection of “Know-How”

This collection of “know-how” is a compilation of the work and creativity that I have put into my work for class. The works included range from asking questions to reflecting on class activities to giving initial reactions to topics that matter to people within my community. As always, don’t forget that #WSP101. :)

TL;DR: Welcome to my #WSP101 Table of Contents (with TL;DR’s for each blog post)!

Note: A “*” near the date of a post, under the “Community” section, means that I did the work for the assignment that day, but a blog post was not required to complete the assignment. The inclusion of these posts were for organizational, aesthetic and reflective purposes on the student lessons, compiling them all under the “Community” section. Some were posted way after the lesson had passed while others were posted before the lesson was given. The dates here correspond to when I did the work which may not be reflected in the publication dates on Medium.

Throughout the course of the semester, my skills in blogging have evolved in taking more care into how the content is presented in an aesthetically-pleasing way. I pay attention the content and the way it is being presented. By adding different representations of the content, it continues to keep the reader’s attention. My writing has also changed to start off the writing process less structured (like the rigid structures of essays) to capture all of my ideas. In doing so, it has helped shape my ideas/thesis better, only to be refined to suit structured essays with a better flow of ideas. I came into the class not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, only knowing that I wanted to go into film. I find that my topic of interest to study under WSP has become more specific than before as I reflected on my identity as a person and incorporating that into my interests. It has evolved to focus on the aesthetics of film specifically in East Asia. From this evolution, I find that there are many areas of study to pursue to culminate into this major such as theater, math, sociology, anthropology, global studies, business, and psychology. From there, I also have a better idea of where I would do my “off-campus” study/study abroad. I would want to study abroad in China, Japan, and/or South Korea to get a better understanding for the culture and what characteristics of their cultures are used to appeal to the domestic audiences. This will also help to understand what native characteristics mix with Western influences to top the global charts. Overall, my blogging experience has helped me narrow down my course of research and study to a more specific genre and concentration than before. From this class, I learned that I should convey my ideas more confidently (even though my opinions may be unpopular and I may stand alone) and defend them. In fact, I’m encouraged to speak up even if I may run into some criticism in regards to my stances on things because that is just a part of the process when collaborating with other people in a community full of different minds. It stimulates the community and adds more to discuss and debate about which may bring up ideas that haven’t yet been considered in regards to the topic. This would make for an enlightening experience, so expressing disagreement or my views is essential to adding to the academic community. Participation is the key to this and is vital to keeping the academic community active.

This reflection on general blogging over a semester seems pretty positive and cool, right? How about we look at some actual blog posts I’ve made this term? Right below is a collection of all of my blog posts organized by date and unit of focus. In essence, this is the official start of my table of contents. Have fun!

02.07.17 — Ah, Memories… To Remember or To Block?

TL;DR: After analyzing and reading “The Lost Mariner” and “Persia on the Pacific”, I responded to a question that arose from a peer after reading and discussing the two excerpts. The question was “Is it possible to only vividly remember certain memories and block others out?” In this post, I try to answer this from a scientific and psychological perspective based on prior information given in my Psychology class.
Central Point: Instances of trauma does make the idea of remembering specific memories and blocking out memories possible.

02.13.17 — Cross-dressing, East and West, Heteronormativity. Oh My!: Questioning “M. Butterfly”

TL;DR: After reading the first half of the play “M. Butterfly”, I reflected on the material by asking questions that weren’t answered in the reading and diverged into specific aspects that stood out to me. Some topics that came up included the relationship of fantasy and reality, perceptions of others based on incoming information, and stereotypes present in Eastern and Western cultures. These questions were used in class to help facilitate discussion amongst my peers.
Central Point: The details and plot developments in “M.Butterfly” relate to the individual’s identity, fantasies, behaviors, and ideologies. Question is: How?

02.23.17 — Why Sound in Film Hits You with the Feels

TL;DR: In this post, I thought of a question that I was passionate researching about and trying to find an answer to the question. It’s on how the soundtrack and visuals in films are used to evoke an emotional response from the audience. It is more of an introduction to the topic and why it matters to me (as a desired career path). It was updated on 03.06.17 for another assignment to include 10 possible resources related to my overall question.
Central Point: What matters most to me? Film. What adds depth to film? A myriad of things, but what interests me most is the soundtrack.

03.15.17 — How Beauty Makes You Have the Feels

TL;DR: In addition to my BIG question on 02.23.17, I watched a TED Talk that related to that question. The TED Talk (“Richard Seymour: How beauty feels”) was about how beauty and aesthetic makes people feel a certain way and provokes emotion and emotional attachment. I reflected on this video by explaining the overall topic (aesthetics are different for everyone and can exist in anything), what I found inspiring (describing asymmetry as beautiful), how it relates to my question, how the speaker caught my attention, and how I would present the subject differently.
Central Point: In anything (from art to industry), people can find an aesthetic that appeals to and stands out to them whether symmetrical or not. They become emotionally-attached through their initial reactions and/or knowing the background of the final product.

03.28.17 — The Paterson Pageant by John “Jack” Reed (in The Masses)

TL;DR: It’s a script written for the RTTP game in class that was to be a reenactment of the events of the Paterson Pageant in 1913 to fulfill my character’s objective. It’s about the beginnings of revolution for the labor forces, their sacrifices and losses, their convening for meetings, celebration, and the inevitable decision made about 8-hour work days.
Central Point: Revolution comes with many losses and sacrifices on both sides for a cause that will take some time and power to pass successfully.

04.05.17 (1)  I.M. Reacts to Reacting to the Past!

TL;DR: This post is an overall reflection of the month-long game of RTTP. I thought the idea of the game was a great idea because it challenges students to think critically and strategically based on the information only they know that is special to their character. It was interesting to see the developments that occurred, but at the same time, I find that there wasn’t enough time or knowledge to effectively begin the game as people were lost in the historical timeframe and did not fully comprehend their character’s personality/stances until mid-game.
Central Point: There wasn’t time to effectively understand the gist of the game rules, but the idea of LARPing is great for understanding different perspectives, critical-thinking, and strategizing for the best possible outcomes.

04.05.17 (2) — Aesthetics of the “Hallyu Wave”

TL;DR: This blog post is my introduction to my lesson on Kpop and its aesthetics as an international phenomenon to my peers. It came with a homework assignment to help set the topic of discussion for the in-class lesson I had planned. The “Hallyu Wave” refers to the phenomenon of Korean pop culture becoming popular internationally. For this lesson, I focused on Kpop music videos specifically and asked the students to watch the TED Talk on aesthetic (from 03.15.17) and a couple music videos to discuss their thoughts on the videos as a whole in class.
Central Point: Kpop is an international hit genre that slowly takes over the global charts. This lesson focuses on how music companies in South Korea use entertainment elements (choreography, music, people, etc.) to appeal to domestic and international audiences.

04.10.17 (1) — Early Bird Catches the Worm~

TL;DR: This lesson is on how to organize and prioritize to have effective time management. In order to prep for the lesson, I took an online quiz on what type of person I am (morning or night) and watched an ASAPScience video about these different types of people. From there, in this post, I explained how my results (moderately morning) weren’t too big of a surprise because my daily activities required me to be awake bright and early.
Central Point: Learn what type of person you are so that you can best schedule your duties around to times that fit your functional capacity.

04.10.17 (2) — I’m No Expert, but…

TL;DR: This lesson is on communication with an emphasis on the work done in graphic communication. In order to prep for the lesson, I watched two videos (one is a comedy sketch revolving around an expert who tries to explain basic design to people while the other is about communication) and reflected on them with questions provided by the educator for discussion in class. I could relate to the expert in the video because people can be frustrating when they don’t know the fundamentals of video production.
Central Point: Communication is important in conveying ideas and selling your brand, but miscommunication happen as people receive information differently.

04.13.17 (1) — “Aesthetics of Kpop” Prezi

TL;DR: In lieu of homework, it is my turn to teach, so here is the visual aid from my lesson and a thank you for tuning in. This post shares the Prezi that I created for my lesson and explanations for what the videos are in the chance that students would like to check them out. Korean pop culture is very popular internationally, but here’s a focus on music videos.
Central Point: What draws people into Kpop music videos? Choreography, setting, plot, concept, interesting melodies, Western influences, the people. Despite how beautiful the music videos are, there’s a lot of work and sacrifice that goes into making it a success.

*04.13.17 (2) — It’s All About the Money, Money, Money

TL;DR: This lesson focuses on how money is the fuel the car that is the world. To prep for this lesson, I watched two videos that focused on social experiments and one article that focused on why we need money to survive in the world. I noted what was interesting such as the type of people who became subjects for the experiments and how much they would take advantage of the opportunities given to them.
Central Point: Economically-speaking, money runs the world. Over time, people want more and more in a society that doesn’t have enough resources for everyone. It’s every human for themselves. Which is the bad part.

*04.13.17 (3)Inequality in the Land of Opportunity

TL;DR: This lesson focuses on the wage gaps between different genders and races. In doing so, it makes a claim that America can no longer be the considered the “Land of Opportunity” because of the lack thereof. To prep for this lesson, I watched a TED Talk by Ben Hecht, a trailer for a documentary on inequality in the United States, and read an article about why there is a lack of social mobility in the United States compared to Europe. From there, I noted statistics or facts that I found interesting from these readings provided by the educator of the lesson.
Central Point: There are differences in income when one compares the statistics between people of different races and people of different genders. The results of the comparison are shocking!

04.16–17.17 (1) — FOOD! Eat to Starve Cancer :D

TL;DR: This lesson focuses on how adding certain foods to our diets can actually help prevent cancer. In order to prepare for this delicious lesson, I initially described what I knew about how nutrition helps with health and healing. From there, I watched a TED Talk by William Li on how adding certain foods to your diet can be helpful for your health and prevent diseases. In the blog post, I noted some foods (mainly fruits) that I already eat that are a part of an anti-angiogenesis (cancer-starving) diet and interesting points brought up in the TED Talk.
Central Point: It’s no use restricting yourself in a diet to make yourself healthier. It’s better to add foods that help you be healthier and prevent diseases from happening. You can heal through proper nutrition.

04.16–17.17 (2) — Art is in the Eye of the Beholder

TL;DR: This lesson revolves around the idea that art takes on many more forms than just the mainstream Van Gogh paintings. To prep for this lesson, I created a work of art that held meaning to me. It is based on my thoughts on how people are like Easter eggs. From there, I was to evaluate, reflect on, and learn about three different artistic mediums (again, no pun intended): shadow puppetry, immersive exhibits, and re-creating destroyed possessions).
Central Point: For something to be art, there has to be meaning behind it and grab the attention of the viewer in some way, so it can be anything. It doesn’t have to be the mainstream paintings you associate art with. They are art, but they’re not the only works to be considered as such.

04.16.17 (3)“To a great mind, nothing is little.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This lesson revolves around the theory of monomyths and how many stories with heroes may have similar pattern of events that occur but with different coats of paint. I prepped for the lesson by choosing my favorite hero, talking about what type of hero he/she/it is, and if he/she/it goes on a monomyth journey. Of course, I couldn’t have chosen any other hero than my OTFB (One True Fictional Bae), Sherlock Holmes! He’s definitely an anti-hero with his unconventional methods for solving mysteries. However, I wasn’t too sure if he went on a monomyth journey.
Central Point: There are different types of heroes, and most heroes tend to go on some form of a “monomyth” journey. However, some, like anti-hero Sherlock, may go on journeys that wouldn’t be monomyth journeys.

*04.19.17 (1) — NGO? Woah…

TL;DR: This lesson is an introduction to the existence of NGO’s which are nongovernmental organizations that run to help solve problems within society without any affiliation with the government. To prep for this lesson, I watched a video on NGO’s, made note of interesting things I learned, and created two lists about big and small problems. One point I found interesting and focused on was the idea of neutrality and “alleviating human suffering” under their “principle of humanity.”
Central Point: NGO’s are community-run organizations that function to help better the lives of those in the community through social/economic change without help from the government or military.

04.19.17 (2) — Stressed? Hakuna Matata!

TL;DR: This lesson reevaluates stress’s role in our lives, claiming that stress can be a good thing to have. To prep for the lesson, I reflected on my personal stress levels, proceeded to watch a TED Talk by Kelly McGonigal, and note down things that I found interesting from her talk. I typically get stressed mainly by people and school, but I combat that stress by doing something fun like going out and eating good food or reading a good book.
Central Point: Just like what Kelly McGonigal said, you should pursue your passions in your life even if means that means dealing with discomfort. Some stress is good and can keep you accountable.

04.19.17 (3) — Bringing Balance to the Doshas and the Body

TL;DR: This lesson circles around the idea of Ayurveda which is the “Science of Life” where one can heal the body with the mind. In essence, it connects science with spirituality. In order to prep for the lesson, I took what I initially understood about Ayurveda and applied its principles to four daily activities (eating, meditating, sleeping, exercise, etc.). Additionally, I did a good deed (I listened to my friends and gave them advice on their troubles) and related it back to balancing the Doshas and the body.
Central Point: Ayurveda is a science whose characteristics relate to many spiritual ideologies and whose main principle is to heal the body with the mind for they are interconnected.

04.24.17 (1) — Religion? Science?: The Story of Us

TL;DR: This lesson is on the ever-controversial question of how the universe came to be. In order to prep for the class, I reviewed different theories of how the world came to be from evolution to God’s creation to abiogenesis to the Big Bang theory. From there, I reflected on my own personal views on how the world was created. I had a mixture of the two where faith and science were intermixed. I mean, why else would there be a parallel across all theories that every human is interconnected to each other?
Central Point: The overarching idea to be learned is to have an open mind about ideas that are different from yours by using a controversial question that has multiple explanations. Even then, there may be some overlap between ideas to focus on.

04.24.17 (2) — Drumline IS a Sport

TL;DR: This lesson is on the introduction to drumline and the work musicians do to create a successful and impactful performance. To prepare for the class, I watched and reacted to three different drumline performances. From there, I chose my favorite and explained why. I didn’t understand the first performance’s story so it didn’t have much response from me. The concept of the second video was more apparent and I feel that I related to it more because there were also modern songs that accompanied the drumline. The last one was simple but the impact was effective. The last one showed more of the technical and syncopated side of drumline.
Central Point: There is a lot of hard work and time spent on making drumline performances a success, and the process and practice in getting to that point helps classify drumline as a sport.

04.24.17 (3) — Abusing Double Standards

TL;DR: This lesson focuses on bringing awareness to the importance of being able to identify an abusive relationship (whether you are in one or bear witness to it). To prepare for the lesson, I watched a video from “What Would You Do?” on a social experiment where a male and a female were abusing his/her partner in public to see how people would react. From there, I created this blog post to discuss and bring awareness to the issue as well. I’ve included some resources in the blog such as a hotline, signs of abuse articles, and Title IX information at Whittier College.
Central Point: There’s a big double standard when it comes to this subject as people don’t believe that a man can be abused. Toxic relationships are ones that are not worth keeping, but it’s hard to let go. One of the main problems is discerning whether or not something is abuse. It’s hard to pick up on initially.

04.26.17 (1) — Homeless in LA

TL;DR: This lesson investigates the statistics and area of LA County’s homeless population. To prepare for the lesson, I first identified the instinctual perception of what a homeless person looks like and how I think they got into the position that they did. For me, I think that they get into that possible by bad luck. Then, I viewed statistics provided in the prep post and wrote about my reaction to it. After that, I watched the first 5 minutes of “On the Streets”, I noted interesting observations and related it to my original observations within Anaheim since I don’t go to LA often. Finally, I read an article that proposes a solution to homelessness. I feel that it’s possible to end homelessness. It’s just a matter of rallying support for a willingness to sacrifice a bit to help the common good.
Central Point: Homelessness is a big issue in many areas like LA County and can be related to other issues such as domestic violence or being laid off. Living in such an expensive economy and expensive places in general make it hard to survive unless you make many sacrifices and budget carefully.

04.26.17 (2) — THe-Waste in E-Waste

TL;DR: This lesson discusses the issue of e-waste being dumped in poor countries rather than recycled and affecting the environment negatively. To prep for the lesson, I watched a video which defined e-waste (obsolete technology to be disposed of), read an article about how companies can either actually recycle the e-waste as they claim or dump their electronics in another country (which is INSANE, and makes me INSANELY mad), and make guesses on how much e-waste is produced each year by the world and by me.
Central Point: E-waste may not be recycled like some companies may advertise. They may dump the waste in other countries which affects the environment and those who inhabit it.

*04.26.17 (3) — Sherlock Holmes, Lover of Deduction

TL;DR: This lesson introduces a unique form of poetry, known as “cut-out poetry”. To prep for the lesson, I watched a TED Talk on prisoners being able to express themselves on poetry and begin the spontaneous part of the process with cut-out poetry.
Central Point: The part that makes composing a “cut-out poem” is that it relies mainly on chance and spontaneity to create interesting poems. Starting out with instinct and ending with consciousness. Poetry is a way to express oneself and communicate ideas in an artistic and sound way.

*04.29.17 (1)Nature is the TRUE Genius

TL;DR: This lesson focuses on how in urban environments that are known for producing a lot of waste and re-using the waste to benefit another part of the environment. To prep for the lesson, I watched a TED Talk video by Michael Pawlyn and noted down some interesting facts/statistics mentioned.
Central Point: Biomimicry is a great way in dealing the amount of waste that our urban environments produce. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It’s an opportunist way of looking at the society. Using the waste somewhere else to benefit the environment as a whole (minimize waste by using it elsewhere).
Thank you for tuning in to my blog and blog posts! I will be going on hiatus for the summer (probably…) and may return in the fall season. Peace out, readers!
— xoxo I.M.
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