Archive | March, 2012

Ch 32 key questions

29 Mar
  1. In Latin America there were and continue to be many political, economic, and social problems.  After going through a period of many ruler changes, Mexico finally became a democracy under Obregon. ARPA, a political party that combined fascism, nationalism, and socialism became dominant in Peru. Brazil was ruled by an authoritarian president. Argentina was a battle ground for the poor Peronists and their military-supported governments. Cuba became communist. Guatemala struggled to rid itself of US influence (The United Fruit company). Mexico was the most successful. The most successful approach to politcial issues were those closest to the West’s models.  Economic issues resulted because of the Great Depression.  Before the Depression the U.S especially and some European countries imported goods and invested in Latin America.  Latin America had no real internal economy so they were completely dependent upon the world economy.  Once they were no longer having money from other countries they were at a great loss and the standards of living decreased significantly.
  2. The United States had on and off hands on the Latin American countries.  After WWI the U.S. emerged as the most  powerful external force  in Latin America.  The Latin American countries heavily relied on the U.S. for their economic stability. However once the Great Depression hit the U.S.was no longer able to provide this once before strong support of Latin America, and had a period of little contact with them The United States invaded Cuba and Puerto Rico, and controlled Guatemala through the Untied Fruit Company. Direct intervention was practiced for the most part. After 1933, President Roosevelt introduced the “Good Neighbor Policy” which promised to deal with Latin American more fairly and to stop direct intervention. However, this failed and the US eventually succumbed to supporting democratic/anticommunist governments, and direct intervention.
  3. Increasingly militarily oriented regimes began to take over rule in Latin America, not only because they could but because they believed that they were best suited/educated. The soldiers began to see themselves as above the selfish interests of political parties and as the true representatives of the nation. With technical training and organizational skills, military officers by the 1920s and 1930s believed that they were best equipped to solve their nation’s problems, even if it meant sacrificing the democratic process and imposing martial law. Their governments were supposed to stand above the competing demands of various sectors and establish economic stability.  In many ways the military governments were succesul, but no one living under their rule is happy because they were considered too harsh.

Drowned man questions

28 Mar

1. At first, the children simply play with the body, because they think it will be fun. The women don’t realize how special he is until they wash away the filth from his body, and then they see how beautiful ‘Esteban’ is. The men don’t understand why they feel that way because they haven’t seen his face, but when the women remove the sheet, they, too, are in awe.

2. The drowned man is bigger than every accommodation that they have in their village. No clothes fit him, he will not fit in beds, and he wouldn’t fit through doors, could he walk.

3. The drowned man becomes, to the people of the village, a symbol of everything wonderful that they’ll never know.

4. The villagers’ spirits become altogether more lively. They are going to alter the boringness of their town in order to make it a place more fit for someone like Esteban. They are going to paint their houses, widen the doors and floors, and they’re going to plant flowers in the rocks.

5. The story is, altogether, something a child would truly understand. Thus the subtitle “A Tale For Children” fits well because children better understand the acceptance and adoration.

6. I think so, yes, because even though a giant washed up on their beach, they act like it is completely normal.

7. The story shows that when people are imaginative and can believe in things that they normally wouldn’t, they are able to become universally more imaginative.

8. In regards to the power of myth, Marquez is saying that you should put a little bit of stock in myths because you never know when they can turn out true”

Marquez’ Nobel Prize Speech

In his speech, Marquez address the colonialism of Europe and the Latin American culture and how the countries have been affected by foreign policy. His speech helps raise the awareness of the sufferings Latin America, in history, had. He states that countries need to stop viewing Latin America as an inferior and it should be given a second chance at its fate, solitude.

Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Speech
Faulkner states that everyone who is in the Cold Wa period is worried about being killed. He says that writers need to start educating the people how to endure and prevail and love life for the positivity. I agree because if we all live in fear we won’t appreciate what we have been given and that’s that is the only way we can move forward in life and grow internally.


27 Mar

3/26- test

3/27- no I don’t believe in magic. Because there is no scientific backing that I am aware of for magic.

3/28- Yes I do have a really big imagination. For example, today I imagined that Troy had both swag and smarts.

3/29- I live by the core principles of GI Joe, the real American hero. I have never seen The tv show, and thus am not sure what these are, but they must be great because he is a real hero.

3/30- mr. Sands always says write 4-5 sentences but everyone writes 2 sentences at most. Except for maybe sichao.

Ch 31 Key Questions

21 Mar
  1. The end of World War II greatly affected the political map of the Pacific Rim states. The Republic of Korea was divided between a Russian zone of occupation in the north and an American zone of occupation in the South. Taiwan was restored to China. The United States regained the Philippines but pledged to grant independence quickly, retaining some key military bases. European powers restored controls over their holdings in Vietnam, Malaya, and Indonesia. Japan was occupied by American forces bent on introducing major changes that would prevent a recurrence of military aggression. Japan’s military was disbanded, and it was given a new constitution. Japan’s political , economic, and military structures were all restructured. In fact, Japan’s government was soon monopolized by the Liberal Democratic Party.
  2. There were causes that accounted for the common theme of growth in the Pacific Rim. The Pacific Rim states all stressed group loyalties against excessive individualism or protest and in support of hard work. Confucian morality often was used, implicitly or explicitly, as part of this effort. They also shared reliance on government planning and direction amid limitations on dissent and instability. In addition, these states maintained a strong neo-Confucian emphasis on the importance of conservative politics and a strong state.  This common ideology led to common patterns. All of the above reasons account for the common theme of growth in the Pacific Rim.


19 Mar

3/19- Over the break I didnt go anywhere outside of the DFW area. I went to two chess tournaments, and met Hikaru Nakamura, the number one chess player in the world. In addition, I did my history project, and just chilled, I had a sleepover and hung out with friends.

3/20- GI Joe is my hero because he is the real American hero, according to his ad. And ads never lie, so he must be a true hero. In addition James jackson is my hero because according to dillon he is a hero, and that must make him a true hero. In addition, though with great effort, he managed to separate the yellow and white sheet. As it took him a long time, this must have been very difficult, and therefore he is a hero for completing this monumental task.

3/21- quiz

3/22- i going to protest through noncompliance by not writing a journal…. But I just wrote a journal by writing that, so I failed in my protest.

Chapter 30 study guide

9 Mar
  1. New youth movements, women’s groups, and particularly organizations of workers arose. Family policy fluctuated, stressing the importance of the individual at times and stressing the importance of the family unit at others. There was a rapid spread of education, along it the educational and propaganda activities sponsored by various adult groups. The new educational system was also bent on reshaping popular culture away from older peasant traditions, especially religion, and towards beliefs in communist political analysis and science. Access to new information, new modes of inquiry, and new values promoted controversy
  2. The Soviet Union became a full industrial society between the 1920s and the 1950s. State control of nearly all economic sectors was one key element. It didn’t develop the kind of consumer society that came to characterize the west. This was the major difference –people in the Soviet Union had to wait in long lines to obtain desired goods, which were often in poor quality. This was a stark contrast to American consumerism, which drove the economy. In America, due to more trade and less government control, there was more competition which let to competitive prices and better goods. Whereas in Russia there was no one to compete against, so companies could get away with producing low quality goods
  3. In the 1980s, the economy of the Soviet Union started to deteriorate. This was for several reasons. First, the environment was severely damaged due to forced industrialization. Next, a new leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, rose, but he opened the Soviet Union to the outside world for trade. Reform, amid continued economic stagnation, provoked agitation among minority nationalities from 1988 onwards. Many groups broke off to form their own country. These conflicts still continued until recently, with the unrest in the Balkans. Finally in 1991, the Soviet Union was replaced by a lose union of the successor republics. The Russian Federation arose from this. This was the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union, once a world power.


5 Mar

3/5- I should probably start on my project…. I think it’s due next monday

painting 1- the first one could be Joseph Stalin trying to act cool
Painting 2- the second tries to portray the disarray in the Coldwar. Nothing was clear, everything was cloaked in secrecy. Therefore the painting making no sense makes sense.

3/7- art is a way to express oneself. This can be done in many ways, including but not limited too physical creation and music. Art can be used to let out anger, make a statement, make money, or share one’s feelings. Many times art is about making things that are appealing to the eyes.