Should I Bother?

Despite the creation of the UN Rights of the Child millions of children remain in severe poverty, as well as child labour. These children go to work to barely make enough to survive. At the workplace, they are forced to work in dangerous conditions and are badly punished for mistakes. Some children also are sold by their parents in exchange for money.
In Uganda, thousands of children are abducted and tortured. Many were left behind as their parents died during the AIDS epidemic and no longer have a proper shelter and sustainable food. However, not many people are aware of the situation or simply choose to ignore it. This disappoints me greatly as here there is many countries who live in wealth and greed. They should be focusing on these countries and providing assistance, especially to the children. Countries could go in and build safe buildings for children that fulfill all their needs, with caretakers. They could also rescue the children that have been abducted.
Things such as volunteering can help the world greatly. Volunteering benefits the cause greatly and can prevent future problems. The volunteers are given the opportunity to see other situations, make a difference, and be part of a success. I really hope the world can change and children will be more protected in the future.

Society’s Responsibilities

In current day the legacies of historical globalization weigh heavily on those who are negatively affected. However, many argue over who should be held responsible. I personally believe that today’s society should only have some responsibility for negative legacies caused from the past. I think this because the people in society didn’t directly cause the problem, but our ancestors or cultural group did. Therefore, we should apologize to the survivors on the behalf of our ancestors or cultural group. 

For example, today in Canada we still continue to apologize to residential school survivors for the horrible things they went through when our ancestors forced them into schools. However, the people apologizing weren’t directly responsible for the pain and suffering they went through, but apologized to the survivors to give them closure and build better relationships. I believe we’ve done enough for the remaining survivors and that we no longer have a responsibility to deal with them. 

Another example would be with the Japanese Internment, which we learned briefly about earlier in the unit. The Japanese Canadians who were previously accused of going against Canada and put in camps were later paid $21,000 each. Therefore, the government spent 378,000,000 on paying back the Japanese Canadians. In my opinion, this is a little extreme. I believe the current government should help rebuild the community and encourage cultural revitalization, but shouldn’t be paying that much. That money is Canada’s tax dollars and wasn’t mutually decided. Overall, the government should aid in rebuilding the community, but shouldn’t be sacrificing ourselves. 

The Rwandan Genocide

‘Hotel Rwanda’, the movie we recently watched in Social 10-1 as part of our Africa unit, taught me a great amount about Africa and the Rwandan Genocide. In the 1990’s over 70,000 African people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide by the Hutu, simply because they were Tutsi. Their homes were invaded, their children were killed, and they were mercilessly shot down by Hutus army. These killings first began when Hutu President Habyabrimana’s plane was shot down, many blaming the Tutsi. Hutu armies, as well as Hutu civilians began killing any Tutsi they could. They especially targeted helpless children, as they believed they were wiping out the next generation of Tutsi. There was extreme outrage, bodies littered the streets, as Hutus would fire shots into the crowds of people seeking refuge. The United Nations avoided intervening, but also brought some trucks in to help Tutsi people escape. However, these trucks were viciously attacked. During this time, many children lost their families, eventually just being grouped in with the rest of orphaned children. The Rwandan Genocide was truly a horrible time that will affect Africa forever.

Imperialism, the act of taking over a place that isn’t your own, was a huge force in the Rwandan Genocide, as it was initially started when Africa became independent from Belgium. Once they were no longer under Belgium’s control tension arose between the Hutu and Tutsi over who would run the newly independent country. Imperialism was also a force in the Hutu attempting to take over the Tutsi as they thought they were superior. The Hutu believed they had the right to violently kill the Tutsi and take control of Rwanda.

Research: Historical Globalization in Japan

The country I chose for my ‘The World In 25 People’ project, Japan, was not exactly a country that was colonized, but a country that did the colonizing. In the 1870’s and 1880’s Japan first started by colonizing the islands around Japan. They overtook the Nanpō, Ryukyu, and Kurile islands, as well as established more control over the home islands. In 1895 Japan then went on to pursue colonizing their first oversea country, Taiwan. However, fifty years later after the defeat of Japan in World War II, Japan lost their colony to China. Meanwhile in 1876 Japan turned to gunboat diplomacy to pressure Korea to sign the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1876. This treaty allowed Japanese citizens to travel to Korea and opened three ports in Korea to the Japanese for trade. In 1910 Korea officially became a part of the Empire of Japan until 1945 during the Surrender of Japan. In 1914, during World War I, Japan declared war against the German Empire and took over the German Empire’s islands in the Pacific Oceans. During the 1930’s these islands served Japan well, as they were a good defence for their home island. However, during military action between 1943 and 1945 these islands were taken by the United States. Japan also had colonial power over Manchuria, which was previously under Russian influence until the Japanese win in the Russo-Japanese war. The Japanese-aligned puppet state of Manchukuo was created. The economy of Machukuo rapidly grew as their steel production exceeded Japan’s in the late 1930’s. Manchukuo was also used as a base to invade China. Before Japan could pursue this a border dispute broke out between them and the Mongolian’s People’s Republic, leading to the Battle of Khalkhin Gol. During this battle Soviet Army and Mongolian forces defeated the Japanese army. The 1.5 million Japanese people living there were sent back to Japan after World War II. Japan was able to gain control over many countries, but failed to hold military power against other countries.

 

Japan was never colonized by any western imperial powers, but kept themselves isolated from world trade until the 1850’s, as the United States of America, led by Commodore Matthew Perry forced them to open their doors. This opened Japan’s eyes to see that in order to become a world power they must become more modern. It learned from western imperial powers and gained many new ideas, technology, and trends. However, historical Japanese traditions and practices are still followed today. Ninety-nine percent of the population’s first language is also Japanese. Japan is one of a few countries that have adapted to western ways while still keeping their history and culture alive. In 1997 Japan also recognized the 25,000 Ainu people living today, who are indigenous to Japan. They also created the Ainu Culture Law, which opposed the Ainu Protection Act, an act that opposed Ainu people. This act caused many Ainu people to assimilate, which was a dramatic loss in culture for the indigenous peoples of Japan. The Ainu language now currently has less than 100 speakers, which is both a result of assimilation and due to the fact they had no system of writing. The Yamato people, also indigenous, are the most dominant aboriginal group in Japan today. Although the indigenous groups in Japan have lost a dramatic amount of culture and history they are slowly working towards bringing back their ways of life.

 

Japan is quite different from the countries we have studied, as Japan mainly colonized other countries and were not colonized by European countries, despite the United States of America forcing open their doors for trade. Japan is also different because majority of the time they weren’t able to keep the land they had colonized as they lacked the military advancement the western countries had developed. Japan has also remained rich in culture and has not been changed by imperialism and western imperial forces, compared to our own country. Today, Japan has one of the highest skilled workforces and is among the most educated countries in the world. It also has a more advanced and modern military, which holds self-defence and peacekeeping roles. Japan’s future is uncertain due to North Korea’s unpredictable path but is currently working with other countries to keep the peace. In modern day, Japan has become a leading country and a good military force.

Impacts of Digital Technology

As citizens in a first world country I believe we are unaware of how privileged we are to have easy access to the Internet. In Social, we recently learned about e-waste, which is discarded electronics. They are typically shipped to less-wealthy countries to be torn apart for the metals. We specifically learned about Coltan miners. Coltan is a metal used in almost every electronic. People in third world countries risk their lives and suffer to retrieve these metals from the devices. Almost every step of collecting these metals is completely unsafe. There is also a disturbing amount of child-labour in these countries, as these workers are being paid nearly nothing and still need to support their families. I hope that people can look deeper into this and spread the information about it with the world.

1C – Responding to Einstein

In Social 10-1 we have begun talking about techno-isolation. Techno-isolation is the idea that people are becoming more socially separated because of technology. I agree with this. The quote, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”, once said by Albert Einstein is something we went over in Social. However, I don’t believe that we, as humans, have reached this point. I believe technology is really great and can change the world for the better, but we have to make sure we use everything in moderation. Using too much could lead to our downfall.

Collective Identity Symbol

In our Social 10-1 class we merged symbols to represent ourselves and our collective identities. The five symbols I merged was Queen, Canada, dogs, ukuleles and The Office. The Queen logo is the biggest, since it is a huge part of my life. Secondly, the Canadian maple leaf. I am proud to be Canadian. Then, there is a picture of my dog, Paxton, to represent the fact that I love all dogs. Next, there is a ukulele because I have been playing ukulele for three years. Lastly, I put The Office logo because it is my favourite show and I’ve rematched the whole series many times. All of this forms a record cover, which represents my love for vinyl and music.

The World in 25 People: I Am Japan

For this project, I chose to research Japan. I chose Japan because it is home to the Japanese consumer electronics and video game company, Nintendo. Despite doing a whole Social Studies unit on it a few years ago, I nearly know nothing about Japan. I’m interested to learn about this country, as they have quite a different lifestyle than us in North America. I’d like to learn how Japan differs from us. I would also like to know how it differs from China, as many people mix up their traditions, stereotypes, etc..