所有關於中國 All About China

TAble of contents

1-Introduction

2-Documentary On Gender Crisis in China by Kintesha

3-New Years dragon sculpture by Kaitlyn

Explanation of the sculpture

Pictures of sculpture

4-The Reluctant Hero about religion by Jaison

5-Poems on Overpopulation by Abbey

"Possession"

"Miles and Miles"

"Overpopulation"

"What is an Elder?"

6- Chinese Cultural Dances by Skye

7- Bibliography

Introduction

When people think of China they tend to think of overpopulation and pollution but they overlook that China is a beautiful, cultural place. The culture religion, Chinese New Year, sexism, and over population is reflected in Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah. Some facts about the beautiful and unique cultures in China is that every year for the Lunar New Years they do a cultural dance called the dragon dance which consist of the colorful dragon. It takes about 10 people to move the dragon. 1.357 billion people live in China compared to the US with 316.5 million people

Our group has a multitude of different products including documentary, about favoritism of the genders; newscast, on the cultural dances; poems, about overpopulation; heros journey, all the religions and even a beautiful sculpture of a Chinese New Year Dragon representing the Chinese New Year dragon. In every product that a group member composed has a different topic. Although each product has its obvious differences they are all similar. All of the topics are relating to the beautiful country China. Our literature circle book was Chinese Cinderella. Although we have concluded that the overall topic of our novel is about how far education can take you, all of our topics are reflected in the book. Overpopulation is represented in the airport, while favoritism is represent in how the Adeline's brothers get to go to college but she had to fight for it. Chinese culture is represented with the Chinese New Year and other parties the main character family attends. Even the religious side of China are shown, by showing how the religions have changed.

Here's a 4 1/2 minute documentary explaining the gender crisis in China.

“Chinese New Year Dragon” Artwork Explanation

By- Kaitlyn Osborne

My artwork, “Chinese New Year Dragon,” represents the symbol of China, and the cultural day, Chinese New Year.

First, I will start by giving the history of why the dragon is so significant. The idea of the dragon comes from the Han Dynasty, where there was different forms of the dragon and evidence of the dragon dance in the ancient text. When the idea of this concept was well known according to this Han Dynasty text as part of a ritual to appeal for rain, clay figures of the dragons were made and many children and adults would perform dragon dance. The colors and length of the dragon depends on what time of the year it is. When it is time to perform in the Chinese New Year celebration the dancers will dress in costumes and carry the dragon, doing the practiced routines.

Next, I will explain the dragon I have made. The I idea of the dragon came from the New Year Dragon Lantern in China. I have made the dragon out of modeling clay and I sculpted it with my hands. Once the dragon was firm I then used a acrylic based paint to paint the body and head of the dragon. I then used a thin black marker to make the scales on the dragon. Afterwards I made a board to put the dragon on to help support it.

Lastly, I will say why I decided to make a dragon. I decided to make a dragon because to China's cultural aspects the Chinese dragon is very important. With it meaning good luck they stand by it and respect it. So going along with why I made it, the dragon is also a big symbol and apart of Chinese New Year one of China's biggest days of the year.

Overall, you can see that with the information provided the dragon is very important to the Chinese culture and the significance of the Chinese New Year Dragon.

The Reluctant Hero

By: Jaison Jules

Waking up to the sounds or sergeants yelling to get up was not how Lee pictured life as a soldier. Lee was could always be a little rude & disrespectful, but he thought the sergeant was just too much. He always yelled if someone did the smallest thing. Every day was just terrible. But he was kind of used to it. In Lee's teenage years his parents sent to military school three times. Now, at the age of 24, he is a member of the Chinese military. The generals and everyone above him always made Lee's life worse. Because they knew how he acted as a teen. They made sure to make his life miserable. Every day, they made him worse than everyone else. He often asked himself why he ever joined the military. He was wondering why he never just went to college. Then he remembered that it's probably because he got bad grades in high school. His average GPA was 2.7, which was only a C+. Lee never really had any true friends that could stick up for him. Which is probably why he had to do stupid things to hang out with the “Cool kids”. There was only one friend he ever had but he was no longer in his life anymore. Not after what Lee did. The next day, Lee woke up in a very bad mood having to deal with everyone. He felt that if someone talked to him he would flip out. “Hey. Lee!”, Lee looks around curiously to find out who's yelling his name. Then, it hit him. He recognized the voice right away. It was general Lin. As Lin walks towards him, Lee gets a sharp feeling in his stomach. Lin mentions that he's yelled at no one in two days and is quite surprised. Lin tells Lee to drop and give him 100. “No”, Says Lee. “Excuse me?” General Lin’s voice gets stern. Lee knew that if he didn’t do it he would be in really big trouble. With no other options on his mind Lee runs away as fast as he can. Lee ran and ran, he would stop running. His stomach in cramps, Lee felt like his stomach was being ripped apart, but that didn't stop him. Lee found himself lost in what seemed like a forest. He was asking himself just how far he ran and how long. He noticed that it was night-time and decided to stop and sleep for the rest of the night. The next morning he saw a huge mountain and saw a little house at the peak. He asked himself, “Why is there a house on top of this mountain?” Lee wanted to find out who was living in that house but only one thing was holding him back, and that was his fear of heights. Lee eventually gave up and started walking back. He then slipped and pushed a button mysteriously covered in snow and ice. The mountain splits just a little but and an elevator door opens. Shocked, Lee walks over to the elevator without hesitation and it says, ‘THE PEAK’. Now Lee is getting really nervous. His hand shaking and sweating, he nervously pushes the button that takes him to the peak of the mountain. He goes into the house slowly, only to find a man sitting in a chair rocking back and forth. “I've been waiting for you” The man said. “What?” Lee says shivering at what the man said. “Sit down, Lee” said the man. “How do you know my name?” Lee asks with suspicion. “There no time!” The old man says. “Now I've heard that you've lost touch with your religion. Is that true?” “What it to you old man?! I don't even know you” says Lee. Sigh. “Let me show you a little something. Follow me.” As the old man gets up, Lee follows behind him as told. “Do you know who that is?” The old man asked curiously. “I do. It’s Buddha, but why do you care?” Lee asked. “Do you know what Buddha stands for and what he believes in Lee?” Of course Lee knew what Buddhism was, he grew up in a very strict Buddhist household. “Yes I know what it is. I grew up in a Buddhist household. “I see. Now, sit back down. I shall explain to you everything I know as a Buddhist myself.” Hours past as Lee listened to the old man talk. Lee was starting to get bored until the old man said something that really caught his attention.” Lee, you are now going to be responsible for changing your life around and becoming a Buddhist. Will go on a long journey that will test your skills and knowledge about being a Buddhist. You will also be going around and teaching people about Buddha and what he stands for. Lee was sitting there cringing with disbelief and was a little worried about what the old man was saying. “What? Why me? What are you even talking about?” Lee’s mind was filled with so many questions. “You will soon learn everything young one. Now go! You must now leave and complete this task.” Lee was still in disbelief, he didn’t know how he would do this. Lee just responded with an okay and left. But as he was leaving the old man quickly yelled out “Wait!” Lee quickly turned around to see what the man wanted, he thought that he was done here but apparently not. “I forgot to introduce you to someone. Crystal! Could you come here quick please? There’s someone i’d like you to meet.” “Yes?” came a voice from another room. A woman standing at five-foot eleven came out. Lee could tell this woman was in her twenties. “Um, Who’s this?” Crystal asked with an attitude. Clearing his throat, the old man said “This is Lee. He will be setting out on a Journey and you will be going with him.” “What?!” Lee and Crystal said at the same time. Before Lee got to say anything she interrupted and said, “Why do i have to go along?! This has nothing to do with me! I don’t even know this man!” Lee knew that she was obviously raged about this. “Because I said so” The old man said. “But Grandfather I-” , “That Is enough!!” The old man yelled, Obviously enraged by the fact that she is disobeying him. So the old geezer is this woman’s grandfather huh? Lee thought to himself. “You will do as i say do I make myself clear?” Without any hesitation she says yes knowing not to make the same mistake again. ‘Now, You two, go and embark on your journey.” Saying their goodbyes they left started their journey. Leaving the mountain they arrived in a place full of trees and plants. It looked as if they were in a forest. Lee never liked being out in the wild because he didn’t care much for insects, and he got scared because he thought that animals were going to attack him. But he relaxed, because he didn’t want the girl to think of him as a wimp or anything. He also remember that the old man told him that all life is precious no matter how big, small, cute or ugly. “So…..” Lee didn’t know what to say but he didn’t want to just walk in silence. “Listen, I only came along because my grandfather told me to. That’s it” Crystal said. Lee not knowing what to say just walked in silence for a little while. It felt as if they were walking for miles, Lee’s legs were tired and he felt droopy. He realized that he hasn’t eaten for a couple of days and he was getting weaker and weaker by the hour. Out of the blue, Crystal started apologizing about sounding mean and rude. “It’s alright. Don’t worry about it.” Lee said. “Okay, thank you.” Crystal said. Walking, the two stumped into a giant animal. Lee nor Crystal were not able to identify it. It has large claws, razor sharp teeth, a thick hairy tail, small eyes, and its body was covered in fur. Lee and Crystal tried to take another route and not have to confront this animal. While they were walking away Lee stepped on a twig that cracked really loud. Hearing the sound the beats-like being quickly turned around the saw the two standing there frozen looking up at it. Lee and crystal both knew that they could not kill this beast, but it was either eat or be eaten. Luckily Lee had his army knife from when he was in the military. Crystal also had a machete that was strapped to her waist. Lee took his knife out quickly, the beast noticed and ran fast at Lee. Crystal, not knowing what to do pulled out her machete and swung it at the beast. Lee, who tried to cut the beast got cut by its large claws. Crystal in horror sliced open the beast and killed it off. Lee’s wounds weren’t that bad but he still needed to get patched up. Luckily, Crystal had some first-aid supplies and wrapped some stuff around Lee’s arm. “Thank you. You saved my life.” Lee said happy to be alive. “Wait, Isn't it wrong for us to eat meat?” Lee asks curiously. “In some cases yes. For example, if I eat meat even if I didn't kill the animal that would still consider me liable for the animal’s death.” Lee never really had a religion because he was always uncomfortable with the whole thing. Now, he is proud to say that he’s a Buddhist. The two finally reached a big city after eating the big meal they just had. Lee had learned more about Buddhism from his new friend Crystal. They entered the city and went around and started asking people about what their religion is. Many said Buddhism, some said Taoism, and the rest were split between Confucianism and Christianity. After talking to people about the religion of Buddhism they felt that a lot of people changed their opinions about their religion and they decided to be faithful to Buddha and found that their lives are better and they have better opinions about themselves and everything living. They eventually went back to the old man in the mountains. The old man was very proud of them both especially Lee. Lee, not knowing where to go or what to do now he felt like his life would just be the same. He would have to join the army again since he had nowhere to go. He said that that Lee could stay there with his granddaughter and him. Lee was overwhelmed with joy. This would be the first time in his life he felt accepted by others.

Possession

By Abbey Lengle

Obsess

Impress

Unless

Posses

I obsess to impress

but I can't unless I posses you.

Miles and Miles

By Abbey Lengle

The joy set in before the disbelief,

The grief, the tears.

My dream was crushed.

My dreams to have two beautiful children.

Overpopulation they said.

Not having enough male population.

Having too many young

To little elderly.

We are being limited,

Our children given away.

I was told my beautiful baby girl

Will be given to a loving woman

In America.

Miles and miles away.

At least she will not be pushed around by others

Just trying to get a cup of fresh water.

Miles and miles away.

Overpopulation

By Abbey Lengle

Only male babies.

Very brief meetings after birth.

Everyone must help to stop overpopulation.

Results are emotional mothers.

Permits are required for more than one child.

Overpopulated 1.357 billion people.

Population is aging rapidly, there is not enough children to support the elderly.

Unclean water.

Love is cut short.

Almost everywhere is starting to see the beginning of overpopulation.

Today it is different. There is no more "one-child policy".

Improvement of health are an effect of lowering the population.

Over the last 50 years China has improved living standards by keeping growth rates down.

None of China has enough funds to support their elders.

What is an elder?

By Abbey Lengle

We were taught to respect

respect our elders, our parents, our teachers.

But what makes you an elder, parent or teacher.

Is it there old age, or their all knowing wisdom.

In China before the one child policy

Many died at age 40 from multiple health problems.

Was it wrong for the government to step in and say

when your family was a ful family?

Many wanted two children but were cut short with only one.

There was a way to get two children.

either a permit or the one daughter policy or adoption.

You could have a permit to have two children or

in rural areas if you have a daughter first you can have another child.

Or if you don't qualify for these two options

your baby would be shipped off to another country

to another family.

Who knows if you will see them again

or if you will ever meet them.

One problem with the one child policy,

there is not enough children for the rapidly growing elderly.

China can't fund all these people

That are now living past 65.

This is an informative video about the 3 main dances that are choreography and preformed in China on Chinese New Years!

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