China: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS
By: Preston Matossian

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Preston Matossian

Period: 2

Nation of your choice: China

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): China is a very interesting country. I was able to travel to China when I was very young and it gave me a larger curiosity for the world outside the United States. China is highly density country as well as a highly intelligent country. The main reason why I wanted to research China is because I am curious about the country and because China has very different cultural customs then we do. I think it would be interesting to explore the different customs and problems of China's nation.  

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I do not know much about China's cultural. I do know that it is located in central Asia and that it is one of the most populated countries in the world. China is a very intelligent country but at the same time it is also has one of the worst pollution of any country in the world. I know that China is a very religious nation and it is home to many unique religions.    

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): I want to discover some of the social problems that are holding China such as the fact that it is a Communist Country. I think I will discover that China is a very intelligent country but it has many social problems.  

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in your life or the global community): China supplies many of the resources for our world today. It is one of the top leaders in intelligence and industry. It has a very unique cultural compared to the rest of the world and it has influenced many other countries in the world.

New York Times Topics: China

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Preston Matossian

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "China Tells Schools to Suppress Western Ideas, With One Big Exception"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): The New York Times

Essay Author: Dan Levin

Date of Publication: Feb 9, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: China believes that their school should suppress Western Ideas because they are dangerous to their Chinese universities and high schools.  

Quote: "They are out there, hiding in library stacks, whispering in lecture halls, armed with dangerous textbooks and subversive pop quizzes: foreign enemies plotting a stealthy academic invasion of Chinese universities".


Comment: China has a very strange outlook on Western ideas in their schools. The leaders of China believe that, "young teachers and students are key targets of infiltration by enemy forces". I thinks it's important for China to implicate Western Ideas into their studies. Rather than rejecting Western Ideas and thinking of them as apart of "enemy forces", I think it's important to have them been in some aspects of their teachings.   Just because they are teaching on "Chinese soil" does not mean they should completely ignore Western Ideas. I think China is mistaken because it overlooks the importance of other ideas.     

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Preston Matossian

Period: 2

Title of article (in quotation marks): "China Sharpens It's Censorship Blade"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Tony Garcia

Date of Publication: Jan 23, 2015

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The author does not agree on China's restrictions and their heavy monitoring of Internet

Quote: The author feels that, "Returning to China from abroad during schools vacations increasingly feels like stepping into an alternate universe. Internet tools that my peers across the world use to stay connected are replaced by their heavily monitored Chinese versions".  


Comment: The author's ideas on China's internet restrictions are extremely useful because they shed insight in the difficult problem of China's overkill internet restrictions. Although I agree with the author up to a point, I cannot accept his overkill conclusion that all internet restrictions are bad.   

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Foreign Tourists Can Be Rude, Too, Chinese Newspaper Reminds Readers"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Austin Ramzy

Date of Publication: February 17, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?) The text is written by an American author who believes foreign tourists can be rude. He is especially targeting American tourists that China finds uncivilized. He wrote it to give his opinion on what he thinks about China's outlooks on foreign tourism.    

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text focuses on foreign tourists being rude. Especially in China, where they have considered creating a blacklist fro travelers who cause disruptions.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The text seems to be singling out American tourists and their rudeness in China but it is also addressing tourism as a whole. There also seems to be some sarcasm in the examples the author gave of America tourists "rude" behavior. Some of the examples include: photographs of a boy who spilled popcorn, foreigners camping atop the Great Wall, and two people taking up a park bench meant for four.  

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) It was unclear to me what stylistic devices the writer used but I did see some examples of sarcasm in his writings.   

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?) The text is written

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Lincoln Continental is Reborn, Inspired by Its American Roots and Chinese Tastes"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Bill Vlasic

Date of Publication: March 30, 2015

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE (Focus on who. Who wrote the text? Who was it written for? Why did the writer write it?)  Bill Vlasic article focuses on individuals who are interesting in the car industry. The text is written by a American writer who is writing to display Lincoln's efforts to rebuild their industry.    

2. CONTENT AND THEME (Focus on the what. What is the text about? What is the author’s message?) The text focuses mainly on Lincoln's efforts to rebuild their industry. The author's message conveys that he wants Lincoln to make a comeback in the car industry. He believes that making the Lincoln popular in China will help with the rebirth of the car.

3. TONE AND MOOD (Focus on the how. What is the writer’s tone? How does the text make the reader feel? What kind of diction is used to create a certain tone/mood?) The writer's tone is quite positive throughout the article. He believes the Lincoln will be able to make a comeback with the help of China. The text makes the reader feel positive that Lincoln will make a comeback in the car industry. He uses a positive diction to create a happy tone and mood.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES (What stylistic devices does the writer use? To what effect? Common devices: irony, sarcasm, rhetorical questions, figurative speech, analogy, metaphor, etc.) He uses an analogy in which he compares the rebirth of the Lincoln to the resurrection of Jesus.   

5. STRUCTURE (What kind of text is it? What structural conventions are used?)  

Letter to...

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Mr. Preston Matossian

1420 Meadow Drive

Ukiah, CA 95482



March 22, 2015



Dear Mrs. Verna Yu:

My name is Preston Matossian and I am a fifteen year old student at Cardinal Newman high school. I recently read your article, “Giving Up on Hong Kong”. I found it to be a very interesting article that covered many important points that I believe should be discussed. I want to address my opinions with you about your fascinating article on Hong Kong.

By reading your article “Giving Up on Hong Kong” I was able to understand the difficulties of living in Hong Kong, and the reason why many Hong Kong citizens want to leave the country. With Hong Kong’s soaring property prices, inequality and increasingly muzzled press, it is easy to see that there is little ordinary citizens can do about these problems. I appreciate that you are addressing these problems and voicing your opinion on them. The examples you gave about the reasons to emigrate were very strong. For example, when the Chinese government opened fire on student protesters during a pro-democracy movement and the lack of rights for Hong Kong citizens.

By reading your article I am able to thoroughly understand why thousands of Hong Kong citizens have emigrated out of Hong Kong. I found it very compelling that one of the main reasons why you want to emigrate is because of the dread of your children growing up in a society where freedom of press, speech, and assembly are extremely lacking. I find it very interesting that you chose to stay in Hong Kong even though you were experiencing many hardships there. I was curious to know how things are going in Hong Kong for you. Are you glad you stayed in Hong Kong? Or would you rather emigrate to another country?

Thank you for your wonderful work and time and I hope all is well in Hong Kong!

Sincerely,


Preston Matossian

Comment Stream

2 years ago
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Reading your tackk, I thought it was neat how you personally visited China and you still continued to learn about it. One thing I was drawn to was the Internet restrictions. The question I concluded after reading that article was why did China go to the extent of restricting Internet? Also, what set off the government that made them want to restrict Internet use? Another topic that I found interesting was the China's negative outlook on teaching western ideas. I was curious about why China is so against this. Overall, this tackk gave me a better understanding of what is going on in China and a personal interest in visiting there.

2 years ago
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This reminds me of how my sister went to china I love it, it is amazing looks great it really just is amazing I have read it so many times that I lost count. This page has changed my life I just want to thank you for this and you are a great person.

2 years ago
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😲 😂 😋

2 years ago
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Your tackk was put together very well. What do you think the motive for the Chinese suppression of Western Ideas was?

2 years ago
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How are China's schools different than the schools in America? Are the schools better in China?