“Fences”

Today I watched a movie called Fences with my English class. The movie is about an African-American family. The main characters are: an alcoholic, an old-fashioned father, a housewife, and their sons – one who wants to be a football player, and one who has a job related to music. The father is a stubborn character who wants his son to learn how to “survive” rather than play football.

This movie takes place after the segregation and discrimination against colored people was abolished, and when white and colored people became one nation. Time Changes by Rose Maxton tells us that the pain and the wounds in our hearts are healed as the time changes. Since tomorrow is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I feel the need to recognize this tragedy in our history. I am glad that in my generation I can go to school and socialize with colored people. Because there were many abolitionists who worked hard for us to be equal, I can live in this great generation.

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Here for the Right Reasons

It’s a well-known fact that the general population dislikes Mondays. I, on the other hand, can’t wait for Mondays. Why? Because it’s Bachelor season!

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Yes, I am a fan of reality TV. Whether it be the dramatic Keeping Up with the Kardashians or a suspenseful finale of a dating show, you can find me on my couch, tuning in. I don’t understand why these shows (or the people on them) get so much hate. Reality TV is just as entertaining as other shows, yet few people say how much they enjoy them in fear of being ridiculed.

These shows aren’t enjoyed by a few, in fact, they’re quite popular. The Bachelor is on its 21st season, while its spin-off, The Bachelorette, is on season 12. Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been on the air for a decade. The Real Housewives has nearly ten spinoff shows. If there are this many seasons, spinoffs, and turns, then these shows aren’t pointless.

Most dislike the genre because the scenes are “fake.” However, what other shows have staged scenes? Oh yeah, all of them. Of course, not every day can be full of one dramatic moment after the other. Producers prompt the people to make certain activities seem more theatrical. Also, interviews can be used out of context or cropped to change the meaning of what the cast member is trying to convey. This shouldn’t discredit a show, because all shows have to have some theater in them or else they’re just plain life.

I understand why some people don’t like reality TV. It’s loud, dramatic, and extravagant. Some depict unrealistic lives or unrealistic people. However, these shows at their simplest are entertaining. And I, for one, love every single sensational, stirring minute.

Meryl Makes Waves at Golden Globes

Last Sunday, January the 8th, the Golden Globes award show was broadcasted to millions of people. Hundreds of paparazzi, celebrities, and their handlers showed up for this event. While the main point of the show is to award actors, directors, and other people involved in making movies, Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech stole the show.

When Streep went up to the stage to collect her Cecil B. Demille award, her acceptance speech calling out President-elect Donald Trump got everyone’s attention. Streep voiced her disappointment and outrage in our soon-to-be president. “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter,” Streep said. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”

During Streep’s speech, the cameras panned to the other actors sitting in the audience, wearing looks of admiration, sadness, and agreement on their face. The New York Times and countless other media outlets reported on the speech, and Trump commented on it via Twitter.

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But really, all his tweet does is give more credibility to Streep’s criticism. Should the eventual leader of the free world be spending his time calling out all criticisms against him via Twitter, or calling one of the most famous actresses in the world “overrated” for voicing her opinion? Should he be denying actions that he did, in fact, commit?

Where am I from? Where do I belong?

I am an international student who has learned the ways of three different cultures. The country where I born doesn’t match my passport. My ancestors came from China, but World War II tore them away from their homeland and brought them to the island of Taiwan. The culture there changed as time went on, and Chinese and Taiwanese people have grown more and more different. Some may say that the Taiwanese and Chinese cultures have no difference, but that isn’t true to me.

When I was little I was taught two languages and was told that I was Taiwanese, and then in school I spoke English. And everyone in my family holds a Canadian passport.

People often ask me if I know where I am from, and I normally tell them that I am Taiwanese but hold a Canadian passport. The truth is that I have no idea where I am from or where I belong, or which country I should love and call home.

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