Reading response 1
In the novel, we cover several chapters which explain the concepts of research and she gives her opinion on how to do such research with an emphasis on personal opinion. In a step by step approach she explains where to go and what to do in terms of creating a thoughtful research paper. This paper is approached in a collegiate stye with very little intention to be at the top of one’s knowledge base, but to have a base level to explain one’s self. Of course, the research paper should have a debatable point and to find these cause you have to use your confirmation bias to fill in all gaps which means not only explaining why but why the why nots don’t exist. She acknowledges where possible sources of information come from and how to extract correct information to best suite your paper and overall makes an arguments for working harder and not smarter.
I found this overall paper very archaic and an underlying of cause of why we are a failing college learning system today. We pretend to be experts in a topic to the point where we assume authority over a subject and grab whatever we can to prove a point that is already commonly accepted or is a figments of ones own uneducated imagination. the biggest strike for me was the idea that we should be writing research papers in the first place. Her own writing style proves such ideas. She didn’t establish her own ethos and makes it a perfect read for Parsons students. We all pretend to be experts in a subject and then preach something blindly with an empty mind. The main examples that comes to mind is sutsainblity. As parsons students we focus so much on sustainalbity and being a progressive school and yet when questioned about it, have little to no complex thoughts on it beyond the branded words: reduce, reuse, and recycle. unfortanelty, we cannot recycle their personalities and the only way to fix that is with education. Research papers are not the way to go. Research is the way to go. Research papers are for the elite and if everyone chimes in about the Air mass ratios of solar energy production in Bangladesh, we dilute the people who know what they are talking about it and make it ridiculously hard to sort through credible sources when trying to do another research paper. Which is why libraries should exists as a first source: For a project in a general writing course, start in the library” 1, because only people who are experts spend years writing books as compared to web articles which takes a matter of days to write. Anyone can dedicate a day to a research paper, not everyone can dedicate enough time to a research journal or book. In the end, libraries are the only source of credibility. So then why is this book incredible, because I needed a response for my reading research paper.
1- Yurtoğlu, Nadir. “Http://www.historystudies.net/dergi//birinci-dunya-savasinda-bir-asayis-sorunu-sebinkarahisar-ermeni-isyani20181092a4a8f.pdf.” History Studies International Journal of History10, no. 7 (2018): 241-64. doi:10.9737/hist.2018.658.
Reading response 2
There is a discussion on and distinction between the idea of privacy and intimacy. Specifically in the city, there is a large line between the two. In more knit societies and small towns, the concept of intimacy is the same as privacy. In small towns, everyone knows everyone and is a more public place. The idea of intimacy in small towns is very much knowing someone on a deeper level than what the entire town knows about you already and must be kept very private. Ergo, the two are necessarily the same. In the novel, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane jacob talks about a distinction between the two in the sense that know one knows each other and we keep other private lives out on the sidewalk. Our intimate lives are kept in our rooms and privacy is something you can find anywhere ergo making privacy synonymous with anonymity.
To some extent I find this true, but by sheer number, I find that NYC is an actively social place. I cannot go without walking to one place without waving Hi to someone I just heard deep and embarrassing tea about or having a fake conversation about how tired I am today, even though I feel fine and am just trying to accommodate to the fact, that they feel lazy and are unable to swallow emotions the same way I do. The sheer number of people make New York the networking kind of place it is today. It is a hive of random people, and the small village system exists in the city, but in either niche areas of your own radius or of your line of work. We all know each other and because we are in such a dense area, we all see each other, but in terms of physical intimate areas, it is a malleable space that shifts between where people are in that second. The idea of privacy shifts then to an idea of wherever people are and in small towns remains a constant in a large and yet consistent place. Another idea that contradicts this theory is the idea she presents herself ergo bendig herself over her own ass: “We all will accept a certain degree of social contact with strangers, but if that contact begins to encroach upon our private lives, it is unacceptable to us.”1 There is a weird outliers affect where people of random mental insanities approach you and completely break your sense of personal privacy. They overstep that sense of privacy and get in your intimate spaces crossing into the idea of small town approachability when all we do as new yorkers just want to get through to our next job. For the sake of privacy, we will step over your nasty unwashed body if we have to.
“Figure 2f From: Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic Revision of Rochefort Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: E7720. Https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e7720.” doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f.
Reading response 3:
The author covers an installation/museum piece that credits the lives of immigrants and the language barrier. In the instillation, it is a colloquial setting of everyday things. The main difference or for better language, distinction is the fact that the place is from someone of immigrant status, and in these minute difference, people are able to experience first hand the struggles that immigrants face that are easily overseen for bigger issues or overseen, because we as americans don’t have to experience that extra level of difficulty from a past life with past baggage. It also is a good check of privilege and by placing the museum in an actual tenant, people are immersed in a forced reality which makes the meaning so much more powerful as compared to the white walls of a museum encroaching on the decorated walls of a constructed environment. It is real. It is tangible, and in the end, it is touching to the viewer.
As I have recently learned, I am an ABC from ABC parents who had FOB parents who immigrated in such a meaningful way. My grandma immigrated here illegally, by being smuggle over by the government. She was the first female senator of Taiwan and in that time, there was large political unrest and was forced to leave the country where she was smuggled to america which bring me to my grandfather who came here legally. His story mirrors that of the museum. He came here with 5 dollars in his pocket and within 5 years became the head of oil industry. He was prospering for an asian american in the 1940’s. They met in the 50’s and gave birth to my father who was officially labeled an ABC. My grandma earned her citizenship status and they lived in the bronx raising a boy and a girl in the dark city. They’ve been robbed, discriminated, beaten, traumatized and made it through it. These scars have made them strong, but also fearful and years later my dad had me and was afraid to encroach his asian heritage onto me. We didn’t learn chinese, we didn’t have asian neighbors, and my sister and I attended private elementary school and then public middle and high school when our brains were finally programmed white which is why when I tell people I am asian, they are surprised. It is a fear rooted back to the 1940’s. This is why I think it is such a cool exhibit, because everyone is aware of racism and everyone can attend a museum and few will read the signs, but it bringing them to the birth of fear, “The environment here puts everyone a little off-balance, in a way that really opens discussion. It provides a wonderful opportunity for us to look at all these issues together.” 1
1- Abraham, Ruth J. “Kitchen Conversations: Democracy in Action at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.” The Public Historian. March 13, 2019. Accessed March 12, 2018. https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1525/tph.2007.29.1.59.pdf.