I am finally able to start my independent seminar! This first post is more of an explanation and outline of what I will be doing, rather than me beginning research. This semester I will be studying around 3-5 different events from the year 1968 and doing in depth research into them and seeing how they affect the present. I have decided to focus on events in the US rather than around the world, since it is what interests me the most.
The idea for this came this summer when I was browsing through USA Today’s website and found this page about the year. It shows the different aspects of the year grouped into categories.
Very few people know this, but the year 1968 was very significant in US history. There were many important events including social movements such as Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Feminism. At the same time, we were in the peak of the Vietnam War, and tensions with the Soviet Union were very high to name a couple more. This is the list I have so far, though I will most likely narrow it down more later in the semester and it is potentially subject to some change.
- Assassination of MLK & The protests following shortly after.
- The signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968
- Anti-War protests around the country
- Assassination of Robert Kennedy
- The opening of the Democratic National Convention (DNC)
- Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting racism during the national anthem during the 1968 Olympics
Image: Zaktansky, John. 1968. CNHI.
My inspiration for this independent study came from my last year’s classes. In the first semester of Hiroshima to 911, I dived into the Communism unit by examining development Communism in several countries and completing a thorough research paper on the Communist system in Nicaragua. When our class engaged in a harkness discussion on our findings, I was fascinated by the varying expressions of Communist ideology in different countries. In the second semester, I explored the North Korea Nuclear Crisis and the Israel-Palestine Conflict by analyzing each side’s narratives. From watching a documentary accounting The Mass Games in North Korea, comparing a timeline of the nuclear crisis produced by North Korea and the U.S., to understanding the discrepancy of historical narratives in the book Side by Side, I had the opportunity to deliberately assess both sides’ reasoning in depth and draft potential compromises to mediate the conflict through my work on Model Diplomacy. It was through the analysis of merits to claims suggested by both sides that I realized the importance of having an “open mind” when it comes to learning history. Continue reading
This past summer, I flew back and forth between China and the US a lot, which meant I had to book plane tickets a number of times. During this process, I used a Chinese travel website called Ctrip, which my family has always liked and trusted. It is also the largest online travel agency in China. However, this time my experience was not so pleasant. The price for the tickets that I was looking at kept going up every time I returned from looking up similar tickets on other websites, which could be interpreted as normal since that price might go up as the date approached. The part that took me by surprise though was when I tried to log in using a different account and look at the same tickets on the same date, I found that the prices differed. I don’t recall the exact price gap but I just remember that it was enough for me to be upset and intrigued by it at the same time. After a brief search online, I found that there were already news reports accusing this company of manipulating their customers through the use of “big data.” This discovery deeply interested me. I could not help but started to wonder about questions like “How exactly are they using the data they collect to achieve their goal? How are other Internet companies like Netflix and Google using their data? What are the ethical implications of this? What impact does this have on our society as a whole?” Continue reading
Video Games have been a staple of my personal interest for as long as I can remember. At the age of five I clearly remember playing on my friend’s older brother’s PlayStation 2, and I instantly fell in love.
As of recently I have had a growing interest in how video games are made, and I am looking to pursue that interest in college. Thankfully the DigiPen Institute of Technology offers online high school classes. So this week I dove into the world of video game design, a world that I hopefully grow to love. Continue reading
In the past week, I studied Differential Equations through an MIT Online Open Course, which can be found here:
In this blog, I will introduce Differential Equations as well as some of the methods of solving or visualizing them. I will start from the place where most students left out since Calculus II to make it more comprehensible.
Differential Equations, also known as DE, means “an equation involving derivatives of a function of functions” (dictionary.com). Differential Equations have a broad application in subjects like Physics, Engineering, and Biology, which will be discussed in depth in my future blogs. The first several blogs, however, will be focusing on the math behind differential equations including how to solve and visualize the formulas.
One simple example of DE is , in which x is the independent variable and y is the dependent variable. Notice that taking integral is not a way to find a general solution of y; instead, we must employ a method called “Separation of Variables”. Continue reading
Everyone loves the beach. Whether it’s the Jersey shore, beautiful Caribbean beaches, or even the white cliffs of dover. Well, whether you may know it or not, these beautiful ecosystems are in danger. The threat, however, is not something that can be seen from your chair in the sand, it can be seen when you venture out into the alien-like world of the reefs of the ocean. Continue reading
Running a business has truly been a test of patience. Being told no all day every day is exhausting, there is no way around that. It feels as if there is only a descent. As someone who was expecting some ups and downs, it was a harsh reality to realize that, for most of my process, it has been a straight descent. Continue reading
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While thinking about Traditional Chinese Medicine or Eastern medicine in general, many people would picture the acupuncture needles sticking out on the skin surface and a room with mysterious smell of herbal medicine. Many would even argue that Eastern medicine has no basis in science, and the proclaimed effects of herbal medicine or acupuncture are merely placebo effects. While thinking about Eastern medicine, however, many would perhaps picture an operating room occupied by high-tech equipments and surrounded by doctors holding scalpels. Continue reading