Group 4 Project Reflection

Throughout the past two days, I was given the opportunity to utilise my skills from chemistry to complete a variety of challenges that were simplified versions of real-life world problems. I was paired up with three other students, all from different science fields. Not only was I able to test my ability to connect and transfer my knowledge of chemistry to accomplish those challenges, I was able to learn how to work collaboratively and communicate with my peers. By tackling challenges such as “Deliver Me”, “Windy Weather” and “It’s About Time”, I was able to test my limit by thinking creatively to think outside the box under time pressure and meet the strict requirement. By working with students from a range of science fields, I was also able to gain new knowledge from other group 4 projects that I am not taking.

Cooking for a Cause (CFC): Planning FFF: Nov 23 2017

The last meeting before the annual CDNIS Family Fun Fair (FFF), the CFC team made paper snowflakes as decorations for the CFC fundraising and awareness booth because the theme for the 2017-2018 FFF is “winter wonderland”.

              

Everyone made several snowflakes with a range of shapes, sizes, and colors. In my opinion, we could’ve asked some of the refugees to contribute to our booth decoration, so it’s like they are contributing to the cause. However, I’m still very happy that all the members of CFC were so passionate about making these snowflakes and how everyone helped each other out when they were struggling to understand how to fold/cut the snowflakes.

 

Language

“The vagueness and ambiguity of language always limit the production of knowledge”.

I believe that depending on the AOKs, the vagueness, and ambiguity of language may not always limit the production of knowledge. For instance, in the arts, poets or literary writers tend to make their text ambiguous and make the readers use their imaginations to solve the intended message. This concept allows the readers to interpret the writing through their own understanding of the text, allowing each person to have their own perspectives and thoughts, instead of limiting it to one type of knowledge. Therefore, through the range of perspectives, it will produce and generate new knowledge.

On the other hand, some AOKs may require clear and precise language, as the vagueness does limit the production of knowledge. For example, scientists will need to provide a detailed lab report for an experiment in order to conduct the experiment again or pass it on to other scientists. If the language was vague or had poor word choices, it would affect the understanding of the report and could cause misinterpretations, depending on how the person perceived the text.

Overall, I agree with the claim stated above, however, it does not always limit the production of knowledge. Instead, it can be beneficial and allow readers to produce their own knowledge through the use of their own thoughts and imaginations.

Cooking for a Cause (CFC): Cookout #1: Nov 18 2017

 (I’m in the back with the pink plaid shirt)

This was the first cook-out of the 2017-2018 school year for me and in my opinion, it was a really good start of the year for me. As the co-president of the club “Cooking for a Cause” (CFC), I’m always concerned about the safety of the members of the club, especially in the kitchen without any prior training in cooking and the enjoyment of the cook-outs. I believe that we should always choose the CAS that we are really passionate about, so we are willing to spend time on it without even feeling like it’s a requirement for us. Additionally, I’m always concerned about the enjoyment of the refugees. After being in CFC for 3 years, I’m still constantly worrying whether or not the refugees will enjoy our food and be filling afterward. Therefore, in this cook-out, we decided to do something different by cooking them with a “brunch” themed meal with the classic English breakfast ingredients (sausages, scrambled eggs, baked beans, and tomatoes) with an additional twist of pancakes instead of toasts.

Since we usually make curries or pasta because that’s what they often eat, this was out of both mine and the clubs comfort zone. This required us to experiment on our own time to make sure that we know how to make all the breakfast components and the foods are appealing to the eye.

After the cookout, I was very proud of the team because everyone was contributing the entire time and everyone was constantly helping their peers whenever they see someone struggling. Also, all the refugees and the staffs at Christian Action really enjoyed the food and was giving us feedback on what we did well and what we could improve.

Kailas Youth Bouldering Competition 2017

On November 5th, 2017, I attended my third and last Kailas Youth Bouldering Competition and placed fourth in my category. Because the competition was only for 6 to 16-year-olds, I won’t be able to attend next year.

                        

Although I didn’t do very well and was quite upset with the results, I was glad that I competed. It was a nice way for me to start the bouldering season and prepare for the bouldering cups and championships later on in the season. Because of my finger injury in March, I took a three months break from bouldering and this was my first competition since my injury. Therefore, I was very nervous to compete. Additionally, I was still injured at the time, hence I was afraid to perform to my full ability. Ultimately, the injuries really pulled me back and affected my confidence in climbing. Nonetheless, this was a learning experience for me and I now understand that I have a lot more work to do. However, I still need to take some time off for my body to heal. Hopefully, next year, I will be able to help out at the competition as a staff or volunteer and maybe set some routes for the competitors.

SUPER Spartan Race: Nov 4 2017

                        

On November 4th, 2017, my friend (Louis) and I joined the “Spartan Super Race” in Hong Kong, just after finishing the “Spartan Sprint Race” on April 22nd, 2017. This 13km obstacle race was both physically and mentally challenging. There were times that I wanted to give up, however, through the help of my friend and constantly telling myself after months of muscular and cardio endurance training, I could do this. I could finish it. And I did.

The race didn’t start off very well because we were lost for 20 mins and couldn’t find our way back to the track. However, a few runners came back and made sure we were back on track.

                        

Although I thought I already went out of my comfort zone in Spartan Sprint, I went even further and beyond what I expected in the Spartan Super. One of them was swimming under the wall in mud instead of water. The pool of mud was filled with unknown substances and it was too deep for me to step to the ground. After going under, I was ready to run as fast as I could to get away from the pool of mud.

Another challenge I faced was carrying the bucket of rocks, sand, and dried mud. As you can see in my facial expression, I wasn’t very pleased with it. We walked close to 1km with the bucket and we weren’t allowed to carry it over our shoulders or head. Hence, there was a lot of pressure on our arms and back. As a person who was recently recovered from a finger injury and still has a wrist injury, it was pretty physically challenging for me. However, I repeatedly told myself that I could do it and the weight was nothing compared to holding my own weight when bouldering (rock climbing). I also told myself that after walking the 1 km trail with the bucket of rocks, I will feel very light and run very easily. Therefore, I walked as fast as I could, trying not to stop, and finished the trail.

Two hours later, we finally finished the race. I came second in my age group (15-19 years old), which I was very happy and surprised about, despite the challenges we faced (lost, mud, cuts, bruises and cramps). It was an amazing experience and I will gladly do either race again in the future (Spartan Sprint and Super).

 

Cooking for a Cause (CFC): Talks to the Gr. 5s: Oct 25 2017

On Wednesday, 18th October 2017, CFC was invited to join with two other refugee support clubs (“RESPECT” and “Free to Run”) to present the current realities of refugees living in Hong Kong and how our club tries to help the HK refugees community through the area of food to the grade 5 students.

It was such an amazing experience for me because I’ve never done something like this; presenting to a large group of people about a club that no one has really heard about for the past three years. I had the pleasure to teach the gr. 5 students (with my friend and co-president of CFC, Kenne) about a current world issue through my passion, food. I was really shocked that all the students were so enthusiastic and interested in learning more about our club, especially when it is not often to learn about refugees through the aspect of cooking. Therefore, through this experience, I really hope the gr. 5 students will be able to continue CFC and hopefully, CFC can continue to grow.

TOK in Chinese

After learning about euphemisms in Chinese, I now understand why it is used so often in the Chinese culture. Many people choose to use or avoid certain words to hide a harsh reality or make an unacceptable situation sound more acceptable. This is also seen in the western culture, for example, instead of saying someone is “dead”, people may say they “passed away” or they are “gone”. These phrases are also seen in Chinese, such as 過世, which means passed away. Additionally, the use of euphemism also gives the other person respect, depending on the situation. Therefore, euphemism is somewhat important in the way we speak in our daily lives.

Another topic that we covered in Chinese TOK is metaphors and similes. Metaphors and similes in Chinese are also very similar to the ones in English. In Chinese, similes also compare two things with ‘like’ or ‘as’, which in Chinese is “像”. For example, a simile that we talked about is “小丑的紅鼻子就一個電燈泡。” This means that “the clown’s nose is like a lightbulb.” This is fairly straightforward and easy to comprehend. However, when it is changed into a metaphor, it could be confusing and different people may interpret it differently. For example, “小丑患了傷風,他的電燈泡漏水了” in translation means “the clown caught a cold, his lightbulb is leaking.” This metaphor often gets readers confused when the two parts are read separately. For example, if there wasn’t the first part, which is “the clown caught a cold”, readers may wonder why is his lightbulb leaking and how does it relate to the clown? Therefore, metaphors are fairly popular in Chinese culture and their text, however, it could get confusing and may not be able to get the meaning right away. 

The last topic that we covered were positive and negative connotations. Positive and negative connotations are often seen in the English language. An example is the “terrorist” vs. “freedom fighter”. Obviously, in this case, “freedom fighter” is the positive connotation, while “terrorist” is the negative connotation. People rather hear or use the phrase “freedom fighter” because it sounds like the “fighter” is fighting for positive impacts in their society, while a “terrorist” just creates fear, death, and chaos. Positive and negative connotations are also often seen in Chinese culture. An example is “活潑” and “頑皮”。“活潑” means active and “頑皮” means naughty. Both words can describe a person when they are happy and moving around quickly, however, one is defined as a more ‘cheerful’ manner ( “活潑” ). Therefore, how people describe something can end up being both negative or positive. Hence, word choice is a very important role that each individual will have to handle in their daily lives.

 

Emotions

Pick unexpected roles (selecting unusual examples) for emotion in the acquisition of knowledge, explain them and why you thought they were interesting.

An example that I think plays a huge role in the acquisition of knowledge is the arts. When we look at a painting, we often agree on whether we like the painting or not, before interpreting the artist’s message behind the artwork. Since not everyone is going to like the same artwork, we call it a personal ‘preference’ or ‘taste’. People may like a certain artwork based on the colors or the visual imagery. For example, one may like the color blue more than the other person. Hence, the person who likes blue may like a painting containing bluer in it better than the other person. Therefore, art is subjective to everyone because everyone has a unique preference on what they like or don’t like.

Are there any things that we can know only through emotion?

In my opinion, there isn’t anything that we can only know through emotion because a person will also incorporate their intuition and reasoning to conclude a situation. For example, someone may say that they are marrying their significant other because he/she loves him/her, however, the person may also give some thought on how the significant other will benefit her in her future life, such as their career, financial stability, personality, etc. However, some may agree to marry their significant other because they feel like they can be the most like themselves or comfortable with their significant other. Therefore, there is nothing that we can only know through emotions because we will always incorporate WOK to gather information to conclude a situation or fix a problem.

 

Reason

Simply post any of the interesting questions (linked to reason) that came up in class discussion.

  • Can you really identify a good and bad reasoning and valid and invalid arguments without personal bias and/or beliefs towards the subject?
  • What is the role of reason in the creation and recognition of patterns in nature and in social life?
  • Does all knowledge require some kind of rational basis?