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 What do you do during your free time in weekend when you are boring and you have some works to do and your room`s air is so hot that you can`t do anything? Yes, you go find the place that is cool, enjoyable, and has good condition to actually “DO” your work, such as cafe. If we go to cafe or any other type of place like that, we could usually see people eating there food and doing there work in there, and that is what I exactly do in Panera every weekends and some weekdays that cashier in there named Evan, who is a senior in STAB always says to me go home every time he sees me. IMG_0974                               <Photo Creds to Cindy Yu and Stephanie Lugus>

If we ask people in the world about the American food culture, most of them would definitely say that every Americans mainly eat burgers and hotdogs for food, as it is one of the Classic American foods, and it is famous all over the world. That could be true, but however, as we know, that is all of the American culture. For breakfast, we usually eat very simply, such as cereals, bagels, or waffle. During lunch we usually eat sandwich, taco, hamburger, or chicken salad, and eat plentifully during dinner, mainly meat. Exactly! In this picture, I ordered BBQ Chicken Sandwich in Panera Bread for lunch, as our American eat for lunch. Sandwich has been placed in our culture deeply. We have been enjoyed it traditionally, and also it is extremely popular in United States, because it is convenient to make it and also well-being and healthy.

 IMG_0984 After finishing my meal with my friend Cindy, she brought some of her volleyball buddies that I did not knew them before. In this situation, since I don`t know them I would be very uncomfortable, but however since I`m ‘American,’ whose familiar to ‘first meeting,’ which means we could easily communicate with the people we first met, it was not uncomfortable at all, but very enjoyable. Also, European, who also supports individualism, praised Americans’ cultural characteristics of the ability to talk friendly to unfamiliar people. Thanks to this culture, although it just have been a minute after we first met, we started to have fun and we even take pictures and videos.

IMG_0978Because of this ‘open to person to person’ culture, it is one of the reason that I feel like I’m blessed to live inside of the American Culture. When I went to  Korea over the last summer, since it is my parents’ home country, I tried and wanted to be social with some Korean friends, because I did not had great relationships with Asian kids in United-States, I had hard time making friends. I looked strange to them by approaching based on my American cultural background that talks easily with first-met people and becoming friendly, because they were totally opposite to us. They separated by community, not each individual like United States, which they were bonded each other in their community very tightly that it was very hard to become friendly with them and had to stay quietly and uncomfortably in that group. I am not saying that kind of culture is not a good culture, since both cultures share advantages and disadvantages. However, I like our culture that we could be social easily, although we met each other first time, and communicate each other with out uncomfortablness.

 

*Big thanks to Cindy Yu and Stephanie Lugus for taking the picture of me and also thanks to everyone today; Lexi and Maddie also, for making me have fun today with you guys! It was a pleasure meeting you guys today!!

 

Should America keep revenging toward Iraq or not??

20150827_111523Millions of people in this picture gathered for the anti-war protests about United States invasion of Iraq. When 911 terror occurred, many patriotism and Americans claimed that we have to revenge them thoroughly in order to who how strong and powerful that Great America is. However, people, including who are internationalist like me claimed that we should not invade Middle East region and this is the consequence of America`s wrong foreign policy, which made them angry. In my opinion, I thought that we should apologize about supporting Israel strongly and hold Islam countries back. and by doing this America could be a true greatest country in the world, as one of an American patriot.

 

Picture Citation: 10 Historically Significant Political Protests, livescience.com, http://www.livescience.com/16153-10-significant-political-protests.html

First Day Assignment

One significant quotation from Chapters 1-3 of the Great Gatsby:

“Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction-Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament”-it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No-Gatsby turned out all right at the end.” 

->Description: This quote shows that Nick did not like Gatsby’s life style and luxurious party but after he knew that it was planned for his only one purpose: Daisy, and his idealistic or romantic (I guess…?) living style, he started to differentiate with other characters. Other than that, he sense sensitively the dream that looks impossible to achieve and trying to make his own world, Nick finally thinks Gatsby was all right.

Text-based Discussion Question:  Is the way Gatsby shows his love authentic?