The other day my friends and I came up with ways to bond together through sharing music, videos, and games with each other and our friends. Now I thought, how do I bring my community together? Or the entire nation? Okay, the entire nation is a bit of a stretch. But it does bring up an important point: how connected are we? You might say, “Well, with phones with us 24/7 and our data plans, we’re always connected.” I beg to differ though. For instance, you might have 1000 Facebook friends, but perhaps they are people you just met once or people you needed to talk to such as in college or at work. I also remember once how my teacher asked if the students knew their neighbors, and I think most people, including the teacher and me, didn’t have a close bond with their neighbors. The point he was trying to make was that the Mayans or some other, ancient culture in the Americas had a good relationship with their neighbors in the villages and how life had changed over time.
Then I realized, we may know people who live blocks, cities, or even states or countries away from us, but a lot of us don’t even know our next door neighbors.
Let’s revisit the 90’s, where we’ll encounter some of the greatest horror films/shows. Continue reading
I know this is super late but then again ALS is still here so let’s chat! Recently, I saw a video about a man who had ALS but kept the will to live through his love for writing. I wished I had seen this video when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was still popular but it really touched my heart how someone was close to death and practically in a vegetative state but still found some value in life. I believe that we should all find someone we truly enjoy in life, through bad or good times. Although I never did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I know that the challenge raises awareness by posting your video on the Internet and by nominating 3 people and those 3 people have 24 hours to do it. The purpose of drenching yourself in a cold shower is to make yourself feel numb for a few seconds, while people with ALS feel numb all the time. Lastly, you’re supposed to donate $100 if you don’t do the challenge or $10 if you do. I heard complaints that the challenge wastes water (we’re in a drought!) and celebrities just use it to seek attention.
A couple of days ago I watched a video about a small community that had a bunch of kids come together and form their own soccer team and became famous. As I thought more and more about the video, I realized how sports played a huge role in our social lives. I mean, the fact that a myriad of kids came together to play a sport and go with it after years of playing shows that sports have a very powerful effect on people.
So after thinking about the significance of sports, I started researching about the importance of sports. Here’s the link I found: http://www.budgettraveladventures.com/traveltips/5-ways-sports-and-travel-unite-passion-and-culture-around-the-world/
I found some very interesting things about sports, such as the fact that during the period when General Franco ruled in Fascist Spain, Catalans were only allowed to show their flag in the football stadium or else they could be imprisoned or even tortured. Sports even changed history, as African-Americans Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson helped break social barriers in sports. Sports also help us admire other people and their lifestyles. Nowadays, Blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos play together on the same field. In a way a field, court, or a stadium is like an embassy and the players are the ambassadors. Something else important is that sports helps to spread ideas and goods around with people traveling to not only watch the game, but eat local foods, meet fans from foreign places, and learn the history and social life of the new land. Lastly, sports are a great way and maybe even a fundamental way to get to make friends the different peoples across the world. Continue reading
What do I mean by decline of Vietnamese roots within Vietnamese-Americans? Well, what I mean is how quickly so many Vietnamese-Americans are losing their ways, which means that it is no longer proper to call them Vietnamese people anymore, just Americans. Now I’ve been thinking about writing a post like this for a while, because I’m noticing it happen way too much, like every time I go into a Vietnamese restaurant, I get annoyed by the parents who keep talking English to their child. A recent discussion with my friend about Greek mythology and classicism led to me thinking about how it was revived during the periods of the Renaissance and Neoclassicism. Those cultures fell apart, but was eventually brought back. We are closing in towards abandonment of Vietnamese culture in the Americas, and I can tell you why with two reasons.
Seriously, there is nothing that ticks me off the more than this. I mean, the blame of our generation of Vietnamese-Americans not understanding Vietnamese should be put on the parents. I hear the parents of those children blurt out pitiful excuses such as saying that they are afraid the child will have a hard time comprehending the English language. Geez, my first language was Vietnamese. Then, I have parents saying that they don’t have the time or expenses to be enrolling their child in Vietnamese classes. At Vietnamese classes, you learn how to write and read, history, geography, etc. So even if the child is unable to read or write in Vietnamese, they should at least be able to talk because the parents are Vietnamese, which means that should be the language that the parents are talking to them with supposedly, right? But no. Parents would rather talk to the child with an English language that is so hard to hear, some would rather not hear at all. And please, don’t tell me that since one of the spouses is of a different race means that the child doesn’t have to learn Vietnamese. I have a friend that is even more fluent than I am, and he’s only half-Vietnamese. Continue reading