Red Scarf Girl ends after Ji Li promises her mother that she will take care of her family and reflects on what has defined her life until that moment, and what defined "Once my life had been defined by my goals: to be the da-dui-zhang, to participate in the exhibition, to be a Red Guard. They seemed unimportant to me now. Now my life was defined by responsibilities. I had promised to take care of my family, and I would renew that promise that promise every day. I could not give up or withdraw, no matter how hard life became."
Red Scarf Girl matters because in it, we get a look at how the Cultural Revolution affected Ji-Li's life by nearly ruining her life. This happened because her grandfather was a wealthy landlord, and according to Chairman Mao, the types of people that were the worst enemies of Communism and the common people. These Five Black Categories included landlords. The fact that Ji-Li's father was a landlord's son just added to the fact that he had disagreed with some of the Communist Party's ideas in 1958, forcing him to resign from the Party. Red Scarf Girl shows the devastating effect the Cultural Revolution had on an entire generation of Chinese youth. The Cultural Revolution tore families apart as family members were detained, or arrested.
Red Scarf Girl connects to the current day because of an inquiry into the possible corruption of Zhou Yongkang, a top official in the Chinese Communist Party. Zhou was one of the Communist Party's nine top bosses during the time of President Hu Jintao. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Government tried to rid itself of those Chairman Mao saw as the nation's enemies. The people that Chairman Mao considered the worst fell into the Five Black Categories: landlords, counterrevolutionaries, rightists, criminals, and rich peasants. Ji Li's father was labeled as a landlord, and by extension, an enemy of the common people.
Red Scarf Girl tells the story of Ji Li Jiang's experiences during the Cultural Revolution from when her father refused to let her audition for the Central Liberation Army Arts Academy to when she promises her mother that she will take care of her brother and sister. In between, her house gets searched twice, her father detained, her family's status reduced because of who her grandfather was as a wealthy landlord.
Red Scarf Girl connects to the Cultural Revolution because Ji Li Jiang wrote about her experiences during the Cultural Revolution. From 1966-1976, many families' houses were searched for things that were considered "Four Olds," things that represented old ideas, old habits, old customs, and old culture. Ji Li, her brother, Ji Yong, her sister, Ji Yun, and her best friend, An Yi watched a crowd of people trying to break the sign at the Great Prosperity Market on p. 21, An Yi tells Ji Li and her siblings " 'Come on, you guys!'... 'They're breaking the sign at the Great Prosperity Market!'" When the four of them got to the Great Prosperity Market, they saw, "A big crowd had gathered in front of the Great Prosperity Market, one of the most successful food stores in the city. ... All eyes were riveted on a dense ring of people in the street. Some young men were cheering excitedly for the people inside the circle, but half the crowd were merely craning their necks and watching." After making their way through the crowd, Ji Li, her siblings, and An Yi saw, "Lying on the dirty ground inside the circle was a huge wooden sign, at least twelve feet long. It was still impressive, although the large golden characters GREAT PROSPERITY MARKET had lost their usual shine ad looked dull and lifeless on the red background. Two muscular young men in undershirts, probably salesmen from the store, were gasping next to it." The young men try throwing the sign at the ground from shoulder height, "The board bounced twice but did not break. "The two men threw the board again. Nothing happened." When throwing the board didn't work, someone said, "'Put one end on the curb. Stamp on it. That's bound to work. ... Amid a clamor of support, the two men moved the board half onto the sidewalk. Then they jumped onto it. 'One ... two ... three ... ' We heard their boots strike the hard wood. But the board did not yield. '... This fourolds is really hard. Hey! Come on! Let's do it together!' the tall fellow shouted at the crowd. ... Ji Yong had moved faster snd was one of a dozen people on it. They stamped, bounced, and jumped with excitement. ... The board refused to break. Even under a thousand pounds, it did not give way." One of the people eventually used an ax to break the sign.
By: Erin, Walker, and Daniel
There are an estimated 70 million stray animals in the U.S.(Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society). Of those, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters every year; of those, 1.5 million are euthanized(ASPCA 2017). According to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, 80% or 2.4 million, are healthy and treatable animals that could have been adopted. This affects the community because homeless animals could carry diseases that could be deadly like rabies. Another issue of stray animals is there are so many of them, that the shelters are turning away animals because they don’t have room for them. When people are asked about where they got their pet, 15 % , say they got them from a shelter(ASPCA 2017).
We are interested in this issue because we feel that all animals deserve a home where they are loved and cared for. We also feel that no animal that lives on the streets should be there because of neglect, abandonment, or cruelty. Others should care because you might have gotten your pet from an animal shelter. Just because an animal doesn’t have a home doesn’t mean that it is not a living creature that deserves a place to call home, to be loved, and to live a good and healthy life.
North Carolina faces a big issue dealing with homeless animals. In the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, they have the highest euthanasia rate in the state. On average, 98% percent of dogs who were brought into that shelter were euthanized, and an average of 100% of cats were euthanized (WRAL 2016). Overall, the issue mostly affects the shelters. This is so because the mass amount of homeless animals are being brought in. While those animals are being brought in, the shelters don’t have enough space. Those shelters have to either euthanize some animals in the shelter, or release some animals. This issue has been going on for a while now, but the issue has significantly worsened in the past few years.
There are many causes of animal homelessness. One of them is overpopulation. On average, a dog/cat gives birth to 1-5 puppies/kittens. Along with that, they usually give birth about 2 times per year. Also, most of those offspring are not adopted, and the owners don't know what to do with them. The effects, however, are disastrous. The pets that are being born are helping to overpopulation. If they aren't adopted, they become unwanted, and they get dumped. Also, there becomes too many pets to adopt, leading to the animals in the street. If this issue is not taken care of, there are many possible outcomes. One of them is that homeless animals would become more common. Another is that the issue would keep progressively worsen, and the issue would become bigger overall. Also, since the issue would become even worse, it would require more effort to combat the situation.
Even though this issue sounds big and bad, there are others that are already helping. Most of those shelters are helping in many ways. One of those ways is that they are raising awareness about this issue. Along with that, they are raising money to increase the quality and size of the shelters, so that they can hold more animals and won't have to euthanize or release the animals. Also, the shelters are spaying and neutering the animals to cut down overpopulation.
It sounds like there is already enough people helping, but there is still a need for help in the community. This is so because overpopulation is still a big issue. Also, the sight of homeless animals is becoming even more common. The main reason that overpopulation is still a big issue is because many pet owners are refusing to spay and neuter, or make the animal unable to give birth, their pets. The reason that they don't do this is because they want be able to sell the puppies, and they want money.
Our goal for our project is to lessen the financial burden on a shelter for 2-3 days. We could achieve this by having a multifaceted fundraiser for the shelter. Our first step would be to establish a raffle at lunch, this would stimulate people to buy raffle tickets which would pay for the prizes. The second step would be to have a cat and dog food drive, there would be bins all over the school and there would be a total for the amount of dog and cat food that each homeroom donated. The 3rd step is to put up flyers advertising 3 things the raffle, the food drive, and adopting animals. The fourth step is to have the school news air pieces about the raffle, food drive, and adopting animals. The fifth step is to donate the food and money to the shelter.
The plan for our goal is not flawless, and we could encounter some problems. We could be denied the cafeteria access for the raffle. The second problem related to the raffle is that people would not buy the tickets, but there is a solution to that will fix this. The solution is to add incentive by having the class period who sells the most tickets, gets doughnuts. Also the class that donates the most animal food gets pizza. The goal of this project is to lessen the financial burden on a shelter for a few days.
“Hope Animal Rescue Durham, North Carolina.” Hope Animal Rescue Durham, North Carolina. 2017. http://www.hopeanimals.org/
I am someone who is very kind, loyal, generous, and friendly. My brother would say I'm annoying. My friends would say I can overthink simple things in favor of more complicated ones.
On Monday, a report on discipline was published showing a decline for the county in overall infractions. However the number of suspensions rose slightly to 5,029 last year. When you break the number of suspensions down by race, the numbers become troubling. This is an issue because when you look at the suspensions for African-Americans, who make up about a quarter of the total students, and received 63% of the 5,029 suspensions last year. Out of the 5,029 suspensions, 16% were given to white kids, 15% to Hispanics, and 62% to blacks. By contrast, the percent of the total students are 47% white, 17% Hispanic and 23% black. One way to fix this is to be harsher on repeat offenders. This interested me because I didn't know that black students made up so much of the suspension rate.
Last week, 4 republicans introduced House Bill 249, making a new felony: economic terrorism. This is defined on WRAL as “committing a crime with the intent to intimidate people or influence public policy and that crime impedes the normal course of a business or a government agency, resulting in the loss of at least $1,000.” These crimes under HB 249 involve trespassing or blocking streets. If this bill becomes law, then we would end up with more people in prison because the Moral Monday protesters get arrested for trespassing at the Legislative Building when they try to get policy changed. If HB249 becomes law, those people could be sued for up to $50,000 in damages and spend up to two years in jail. All for trying to get the laws changed. I don't want to see this happen. What would I do? I would contact the district congressional representatives and explain my position and try to persuade them to vote against HB 249.
Immigrants faced many difficulties because they were in a new place with possibly a new language, new laws, very little money or belongings, and some had difficulty getting a job. Chinese immigrants in the 18 and 1900s faced discrimination working on the Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese had many jobs on the railroad, including setting the explosives to help make the tunnel to lay the railroad tracks through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The new language was a major challenge for the people coming from minority English speaking countries because they had to learn a new language, when some of them might not have had that time. Most immigrants came with almost no money because they had left with limited time and space to pack their stuff. Sometimes, if you have a degree in your home country, the country that you moved to might not recognize your degree, making it harder to get a better job.