Thursday, May 26, 2005

sonny tan

andy BEIllIN: u just calll out my name
andy BEIllIN: and u kno whereever i am
andy BEIllIN: i'll come runnin
andy BEIllIN: to see u again
andy BEIllIN: ooh baby dont u kno
andy BEIllIN: winter spring summer or falll
andy BEIllIN: all u got to do is call
iCH adWi c kEdi: shut up bitch
iCH adWi c kEdi: just lift ur skirt
andy BEIllIN: wtf
andy BEIllIN: hah
iCH adWi c kEdi: iono im being a wife beater
iCH adWi c kEdi: har har har
iCH adWi c kEdi: to make the situation not romantic
andy BEIllIN: im going to repoirt you to sonny!
iCH adWi c kEdi: that security guard in PMS?
andy BEIllIN: yea
andy BEIllIN: lol
iCH adWi c kEdi: holy crap i forgot his name
iCH adWi c kEdi: ur crazy
iCH adWi c kEdi: u got a genius memory
andy BEIllIN: sonny tan man
andy BEIllIN: how can u forget
iCH adWi c kEdi: hahha
iCH adWi c kEdi: with the mustache
iCH adWi c kEdi: and the glasses
iCH adWi c kEdi: and one time he shaved his mustache
iCH adWi c kEdi: crazzy
iCH adWi c kEdi: dman i cant believe u still remember
iCH adWi c kEdi: sonny tan sonny tan!
andy BEIllIN: hahaha
iCH adWi c kEdi: haha i totally forgot
iCH adWi c kEdi: but his name clicked
andy BEIllIN: he'lll always have a place in your heart
iCH adWi c kEdi: what did i say bitch
andy BEIllIN: lift up my sirt?
iCH adWi c kEdi: yes ur sirt
andy BEIllIN: im gona jack off in your sandwich
iCH adWi c kEdi: oh yes baby
iCH adWi c kEdi: gimme some of that mayo lite

sonny tan!!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Volunteer 9

Today, I was practically the only volunteer there which gave me an opportunity to talk to more kids. I decided to do 2 hours today, so I can see how the other class is doing. With plain observation, i could see more multi-racial interaction in this class. The kids were more split by gender rather than race. All the girls sat in one side, and all the boys the other. All of the students talked to each other(those of the same sex) and seemed like pretty good friends regardless of race.

side note: I foudn out that the first class was going on a field trip next thursday to lion king!! for only 20 buxx!! so lucky, I wanted to see it.

well we just had people read their point of view stories so I wasn't able to talk to the kids much. THe story was interesting tho, it was about a Japanese man helping Jews write visas to avoid the Nazis.

The second period was more eventful. I talked to Justin again about Dave Chapelle. I guess thats what we have in common. It seems that Chappelle is crazy now or sumthing and went to the mental hospital. We then talked about what he would be doing in the summer. He said hes gonna stay in Davis and do nothing. good boy! and from before, he was gonna go back to Korea in December.

The kids didn't really need help this time. So I went over to the kid that always finishes way ahead of everyone. Kevin, also Korean, and also came from Korea 3-4 months ago was a very talkative boy. He seems to get along with everyone and fit in well because he is not afraid to speak up. His mother is a researcher and got a one year job in Davis, that is why he is here.

I asked him how school was like in Korea, because I was surprised he knew English and spoke English so well despite the fact that he only came here a couple of montsh ago. He said it was like a prison, where You have to study day and night. 18 hours on the weekend he said. He said the pressure was so intense that 2 of his friends committed suicide. SUICIDE! i was shocked to hear that, and shocked to hear it from such a calm voice. It seemed like suicide happened a lot because of hte intense pressure of education in Korea. It reflects the topic of education in the perspective of Asian families we had talked about in class. In Korea, education is pretty much life or death. Job or no job. I couldn't believe how much more the kids have to go through. Kevin said he had to take 5 languages includig Korean. He said that he would rather stay here in America, and I could see why. Korean education is insane!! there is way too much pressure.

He told me how he stayed up 4 days to study for a test, then come home, sleep 2 hours and study for a test the following day. I can see why some can't handle the pressure. I felt uneasy after I left class, thinking about the kids who commit suicide. If education was THAT important in their home countries, it is not surprising that Asian Americans value education so much. Also, being able to study that much on a daily basis provides immigrant children a good foundation for education here. They have already been through the worst, i think many excel in America because of the extra effort that they are able to put in. Even if they seemingly study excessively, it must be easier than if they were in Korea.

Volunteer 8

We didn't do much today, we just went to check out the stage setup for the play.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Volunteer 7

We watched a movie today again. It was something about Pecos Bill and tall tales. Very interesting. So we didn't do much of anything else today. I'm feeling pretty good about helping the kids. I've really learned from this experience, like how to communicate with kids and help them out.

I learned from Young today that a hair cut in Korea is 5 bux!! i dont noe if thats in korean money or US. eh well

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Volunteer 6

hey guys

Well, today was a work day, and it was grammar again. I wasn't sure how to explain how to change verb tenses from present to past, because there aren't scertain rules for a lot of words. they just are. Instead of just talking to the Asian kids, I helped those in need. There was a European kid i think he was german and he had a lot of trouble with is worksheet. He did not know a lot of the words off the top of his head. But we worked through it and he finished at the end.

I noticed that two of hte korean boys always finish their work very quickly, Justin and Kevin. It almost seems as if they don't need to be there. kevin always busts out his tetris in his electro dictionary. and justin alway sits there or puts his head down and rests. I guess for some immigrant kids it comes easy. The south American kid is very proactive and talkative and also finishes his work pretty early too. It seems as if he wants to lead the class all of the time.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Volunteer Journal #5

Well today, I didn't get to help much, except with Young and his essay. It seems that I haven't seen the Asian girls speak in class much yet. The guys do make noticeable effort in class though. But I think it might be because I'm only there twice a week. We watched Clash of the Titans, and Jake was talking about it because he saw it before. Haha when the teacher asked him what creatures were there, he said Godzilla. It was a Greek Gods movie. But that creature did look like godzilla.

Another volunteer thought I was a middle schooler.. sigh...

Monday, May 02, 2005

Volunteer Journal #4

I've noticed that there are certain kids who are very outspoken, and those who barely speak. The 2 South American students, Sergio and Louise are the loudest of the class. Out of the Korean boys, Kevin speaks out as well, but he has no noticeable accent and he speaks fluidly. Justin and Jake make effort to answer questions from time to time, but either stumble on words or is very quiet. Young doesn't speak at all. I have never heard the Korean girls speak up. There is an African girl that participates but speaks softly and has a heavy accent. There are 2 European boys who don't speak much also due to a heavy accent.

This shows that immigrated children are reluctant to speak up because they are uneasy about how they sound or what they say. I hope that this program will help them with this problem.

Today, we listened to this hilarious rap about the Greek gods. it was hilarious. The guy sounded like a middle aged man and he was trying to rap. hahah funny how they try to reach kids by rapping. too bad i cant find it online.

Volunteer Journal #3/#4

Well I forgot to post last time, so here it is. Becuase of STAR testing, the classes for this week was shorter so I did 2 classes on Friday. Both of the classes read stories. First class was Amistad Rising, and the second class was Echo and Narcissus. It was funny because when the teacher asked the class why Narcissus did not like Echo, one of the kids blurted, "cus hes gay!" haha crazy kids.

I didn't have a chance to talk to the first class..

In the Second class, I found out that my assumption was correct. All the Asian students in the class were from Korea. I wonder what caused this. I asked Young about where he came from, and he, like Justin just came from Korea 3 months ago... 3 months ago was February. And his father works at UCD as well. I guess a lot of these kids are from families of the immigrants of scholarly or high professional status.

I saw that Young had this fuzzy pencil bag. He got it from his Grandma. It was by this company "NICI" that i never heard of. This is an instance of transnational networking heh.