Friday, February 6, 2015

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Tuesday Assignment

You have one of two articles:  How Time Flies or Cultural Profiles

Read and annotate the article to identify the following:

1.  Main Ideas & Ahas
2.  Connections to Chapter One
3.  Questions to Consider

Thursday Assignment

e-Reflection #1: Culture

You have shared your reflection already with me.
The parameters are in the journal itself along with the rubric.
You may write your reflection or insert an audio.


  1. Stephanie 3A
    A specific image in the novel that I found very powerful is located on page 15. This particular page depicts the image of beastly looking octopus tentacles that were wrangling around huge buildings. I found this image to be very powerful because I believe it relates to the idea that not all things are what they seem. I say this because when I first viewed the image, I must admit that automatically I became subject to the one- minded perception; only allowing myself to view the tentacles as scary abnormalities that could be considered a beastly thing or an evil. However, this is exactly what is wrong with the thought. I didn’t bother thinking about what the image might not be, or what it could symbolize. I simply stuck with the first thing that came to mind, thus limiting any other channels of knowledge revolving around the meaning of the image. In the context of this story I believe that the author meant to symbolize a sense of oppression or challenges faced by the characters of the town (who are leaving), with the use of the tentacles. Generally I believe that the symbol of tentacles represent entanglement and the author demonstrates this by revealing the fear that the townspeople had concerning these suppressive tentacles and their eagerness to get away.
    I believe that Tan’s book speaks of culture in a very universal or collective manner. I mostly say this because of the first obvious piece of evidence given by the author on pages 3-4; where multiple images of people are displayed in a grid like manner. Each picture contained a totally different individual that appeared to be from a wide range of cultures/walks of life. I believe that this portion of the book specifically acknowledged the many different cultures that are contained in the world. Also after having the brief discussion we had after reading the novel, I actually began to rethink the initial thoughts I had that revolved around immigration into Ellis Island. I began to understand that probably the author was not trying to directly demonstrate immigration into American culture. But however, to me it felt as if many different cultures were actually being represented and the struggle to freedom. I felt that this depiction of culture connected to our personal group studies of cultures in TOK and how we managed to identify the differences in culture(s) and how it affects our ways of life.

    1. Chamira 3A

      When I first saw the tail on page 15, I thought it was a dragon's tail and that it represented death. After page 15, the protagonist's wife and daughter wasn't seen in the book, unless the protagonist was thinking about them when looking at a picture of them. I agree with you that Tan's novel, being a graphic novel, does express divergent perspectives. Since the book doesn't have any words, readers or viewers have to interpret the book. Afterwards, readers and viewers compare and share what they believe is happening in the book. Through that process, people have to be open-mined in their thinking. I also thought it was interesting about the protagonist immigrating to another country, that is not America. At first I thought he moved over there because of job opportunites, but it's cool to hear how you interpret part of the plot.


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