GRAN TORINO

Gran Torino is a movie about the life of an old man who experiences a multicultural society, and the cons and pros about it. The first problem that Walt experiences with living in a multicultural society, is that there are conflicts between different cultures. When Walt helps Sue from some trouble between her culture and the black culture, he gets educated in how the Hmong. Walt’s neighbours are in the Hmong culture, and they face a problem with the choice of being in a gang with others Hmong’s. When they didn’t want to be in a gang, it causes a lot of problems for the family, but Walt helped them. The boy named Thao tried to steal Walt’s Gran Torino car. For punishment Thao had to help Walt with different chores for several days. With that time together Walt figured out that Thao and his family just wants to live in America to get a job and live safe.

 

Sue (Thao’s older sister) was the one who spoke to Walt the most, and he got the nickname Wally. She includes Walt into her family to get food and respect from them. Her family wants to pay their gratitude to Walt for helping Thao, and by doing that they change Walt’s vision on the Hmong culture. Walt was in the Vietnam war, and because of that he didn’t like Asian featured people. By the end of the movie Walt risks his on life to save Thao from problems, so Thao, Sue and their family can live in peace.

 

Thao and Sue face some challenges and pressures to deal with when they live as second-generation immigrants. One of the biggest challenges must be being prejudice as killers in America because Vietnamese were in a war with American people. Sue experience a harassment when she meets people from a different culture. They tell her how smart she probably is and those typical Asian prejudices. Thao experiences pressure from his cousins’ gang, because they want him to enter the gang. The problem is that Thao wants to have a life without problems and criminalities. The gang forces Thao to try and steal Walt’s Gran Torino, and he didn’t succeed so and had to face a lot of challenges that Walt made him do as a consequence.

 

The experiences Walt has had, made him more open to Asian featured people. He got the opportunity to make friends from a different culture, and I believe by watching this movie you would stop to prejudice people from a different culture.

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Puerto Rico

Both Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico, but most of the people in Puerto Rico are not proficient in English. In 1990 fewer than 20 percent of Puerto Ricans spoke English fluent, according to the 1990 U.S. Census. Since 1898 it has been a central for the Puerto Ricans with education and culture when it comes to language. Around 1930 they got Spanish as the basic school language, English becoming a second language studied by all. Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, primarily in Spain and Latin America. (welcome.topuertorico, 2019)

The literature I want to have are from Tato Laviera, the poem AmeRícan (Houston: Arte Público Press, 1999). This poem is about how Spanish people became American. The love of being one community who speaks the same language, but the Spanish people are proud of their ethnic roots. The poem talks about how all of the cultures mixes to one huge community, and everyone are proud to call themselves Americans. I believe the message the author is trying to get across, is that it’s a positive thing to be in a mixed culture and everyone should live with people no matter what culture it is. The main theme in this poem must be the positivity of being in a nonracist community. The way he presents the poem are with rhythm and uses the word “AmeRícan”. (poetryfoundation, 2014)

A recent news is that Trump just okayed 900$ million in disaster relief of Puerto Rica, dropping his border wall demand. Trump had long resisted signing off on disaster funding for Puerto Ric and other stated, recently cmlaiming he would only approve the bill if it included 4.5$ billion in border wall money. On Thursday he agreed to give Puerto Rico disaster, without any border funding. Puerto Rico has for long struggled since the hurricane Maria’s 2017 devastation, and later with Trump failing to renew additional food stamp aid for the island. (the week , 2019)

Bibliography

poetryfoundation. (2014). Hentet fra American: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/58197/american

the week . (2019, may 23). Hentet fra trump just okayed $900 million in disaster relief to Puerto Rico, dropping his border wall: https://theweek.com/speedreads/843267/trump-just-okayed-900-million-disaster-relief-puerto-rico-dropping-border-wall-demand

welcome.topuertorico. (2019). Hentet fra beyond language: http://welcome.topuertorico.org/culture/language.shtml

 

Abandoned malls

55932430_420754525325267_60560963018948608_nThe malls are open Monday to Saturday, 10-20/18. There are many stores in the malls, and less people to see. Still, they have the stores open, uses lightnings, power and time to keep doing this. Internet shopping is something that are becoming more regular. The reason for this is because we find items on the internet that are more interesting then the items you find in the stores. Instead of using the malls that we have here today, we order things online and ship them to our house. Ordering online are so much easier for us, because we do not physically have to go out at buy something.

Ordering online, including shipping is a consequence for the world. With all the cars, boats and plains transporting things, it lets out so much CO2. It destroys the earth that we are living on. With the big focus on the environment we have today, no one seems to think that buying items online is a cause for global warming. It may not seem as a big problem, but every single thing we stop doing that harms the environment can actually make world a better place.

Spotlight

The movie Spotlight is about a group of journalists from The Boston Globe, who are researching a problem who has been in Boston for many decades. Sexually abuse on children by priests.  The journalist wants to bring this issue to the public, but there is a conflict. There are about 90 priests in just Boston, and even more victims. Almost everyone in Boston are Catholics, so they need to have a lot of information about this case. There are so many people that need to be convinced that this is going on, and the whole film are about how the journalists are solving this case, and when they are going to publish this. That is what I think is the main conflict in the movie.spotlight

Something I have never thought of is how the journalists are working. I thought it was a normal 7-4 job, but they are working on this case all the time. They must be so careful on what information they are using, because it could be so wrong and possibly destroy someone’s life. And seeing how emotionally committed all the journalists got in the case in the movie, is something I have not thought about. It must be so difficult to separate your own life and work when you get so emotionally committed to a case. Working as a journalist with difficult cases is something I have so much respect for, because you must have a strong mental health to have a work like that. That is something the movie Spotlight showed me.

The kite runner- book or film?

Many books you read nowadays are made movies to. Sometimes the movie is as good as expected, and something you will think that the book is so much better. A reason for that is because in the books you get the ability to know detailed what people are thinking or feeling. That makes the reader more known to the persons in the stories, and more interested to know what happens. The kite runner has been made as a movie and a film. Even though it is the same incidents it is described and showed a little bit different, so people think. Is it always like this with movies?

I have read the book of “The kite runner”, and I have also watched the movie many times. When I read the book, I got so connected with the main character Amir. In the book he explained what he was thinking, feeling and why he was doing the things he was doing. When I watched the movie, it was kind of confusing because the beginning of the movie was a bit different from the book. I feel that because the director of the film wanted to get so much of the book right in the film, it all happened so fast and you didn’t get to connect with the people. Connecting with the characters are an important thing for me to really like something. In the movie they got a lot of the themes from the book, but i missed the parts where Amir was thinking about his mother, and when people told him about his mother. i think that if it was in the movie, then we could have connected with Amir so much better.

 

The director of the movie succeeded in a good way, because he got all of the important scenes into the movie and he found characters that looked like the description in the book. The one thing I would prefer to be in the movie, is to get to know the characters a bit more in the movie. Overall the book and the film had a lot in common, but I would rather prefer the book. I think that books are better then the films, because I get to connect with the characters and create a relationship with them in some sort of way.

Kite Runner- the characters

The character in this book is very different, but they all have a connection. You have the rich family, the servants who are their own family, and some friends of the rich family. Everyone of them have different aspects on everything. Baba is a rich father, and a successful businessman. No one believed he could do so good in business, he just wanted to show them wrong, and now he is one of the richest in his country.kite runner

He has a sweet boy named Amir. He likes to read and finds his ability to write his own stories. He always feels the pressure from his father to be more athletic, more like a son that he wants. Amir thinks that he is a burden to his father and wants to make him happy, because he thinks his father blame him for killing his princess (Amir’s mother). Amir’s mother died giving birth. Baba wants everyone to know him as a strong man, but he is struggling because his boy Amir is a little more feminine then he wants him to be. Rahim Khan is Baba’s business friend, and he is nice to Amir. He is understanding about Amir’s passion and gave him a leather notebook for Amir’s birthday and he really likes his stories as well. I feel that Rahim are the father Amir never had. For me, Baba is very cold and determined, Amir is very gentle and sweet and Rahim is more welcoming and kind.

Ali is Baba’s childhood friend, and they got raised together because Ali’s parents died. He lives in Baba’s backyard with his son Hassan. Hassan and Amir grew up together, got fed from the same breast when they were younger. They always do things together. I feel Hassan is being kind of bullied by Amir, because he does not know how to read or anything. Hassan wants to learn, but Amir teach him wrong because he does not want him to make him smarter. Hassan and Ali do everything to make Baba and Amir happy, because they get to live there.  I feel bad for Hassan, because he can not make a better life for himself, and he treat everyone so good and they treat him like he is nothing. I think he got that from his father Ali, because Ali has just adjusted to being treated like an animal.

Democracy

Democracy is something that people usually do not have. There are countries were they were on the way to get democracy, but are still struggling. Freedom, the right to speak and the right for people to know what is really going on with their government is something that is still a problem in several countries. The government we have may not be as good as we thin, because they could be hiding a dark secret. That is probably one of the reasons the journalists are being killed. In 2018 there were over 30 journalists being killed, because they were trying to get the news about what is really going on in this world.

The story I really wanted to talk about, is the story of Musa Abdul Kareem. He was a man living in Libya. Musa liked to help people, especially the poor ones. He was always giving back to the community, even raised money to help the poor. He was kidnapped and killed. No one believed that he died, and everyone was horrified by his death. My thought on this is that the ones that has control over the country would do anything when someone is getting to close to the truth about what is really going on. I think it is not fair to kill someone because they want people to know about what is really going on in their country. I think we need the journalists so we can know the truth about what is going on in this world.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/dec/05/journalists-murdered-khashoggi-kuciak-panama-papers