The book I am reading is "The Sympathizer", and so far the main character and some of his acquaintances went back to Vietnam, and were taken as prisoners and are in a prison camp. Then, the commissioner and the commander decide to take the main character ( whose name hasn't been said in the whole book) as a test subject, as he won't confess to seeing something, which won't reeducate him ( they are trying to make him think differently than the way he is thinking now because it is dangerous information,)in the book it says "This patient's mind is contaminated. It needs a thorough washing" (pg.344). They then keep on him awake (for an extremely long period of time (which makes him go mad), till he breaks and tells them that he wanted his father dead, so ordered people to kill him. Then, he figures out that the commissioner was one of his long-time friends; Man. The book ends with Man buying/ bribing the guards so the main character and the people he came in with could escape, then they get on a boat and travel to America.
This book matters because it is about the Vietnam War, and the experiences of it. We know what would happen if you were a double agent and got caught, and how most Vietnam citizen got out of the country "A crowd of 2000 people were waiting by the tennis court for one plane" (pg.41). Without this book we might redo was happening with the war. The important message in the book is that there is always two sides of anything . This is important because we (today) need to know that there are two sides of storys, and wars. An example would be the perspectives of something like the North Dakota Pipeline, since you have one side with the Native Americans, and the other side with the government. There are always two ( or more) sides of something.
In the previous blog I was talking about the current book that I am reading "The Sympathizer" . This blog, I will be talking about how that book and what's going on in Afghanistan are similar to one another. My book is talking about the Vietnam War, and how many innocent people are trying to escape and go to a safer country. This is exactly what is happening in Afghanistan, because many people in Afghanistan are trying to escape the war, and are trying to go to a safer country. In addition to this, in my book the main character is a double agent, gathering information from the United States and sending it to Vietnam, which reminds me of the people coming in from Afghanistan who aren't looking for a better life, but to gather info and cause terror in the US (or anywhere else). Another reason why they are similar is because in both cases, the United States was there to help out and to fight in the crisis. This historical conflict that I am reading about relates to our present society because in both, we (USA) are taking in refugees and we have bad people from that certain place who are terrorizing places.
The book I am reading is the Sympathizer. It is about the Vietnam War, and how an officer and his comrades are trying to get out of Vietnam and go to America. They are trying to go to America because the US are bombing and attacking Vietnam. Vietnam has little money to use on the war, so the officer is bribing others to let him and his selected others fly to America. These events in the books compare to the real life events because America was attacking Vietnam and was bombing Vietnam in both the book and in real history. I know this because in the book, it talks about how the main character needs to escape Vietnam because the USA is attacking, bombing, and deploying troops to kill Vietnamese citizens ("Everybody's head swiveled in the direction of the explosion, which was followed by another and another, to the northwest. It's the airport, Bon said. Five-Hundred-pound bombs..."). Some historical evidence I found was an article I read by New York Times ( "Heavy bombing by B-52 aircraft or shelling made many areas unhabitable in North and South Vietnam... an estimated 2 million Vietnamese died, while 3 million were wounded."). According to "HISTORY" the people of Vietnam were scared because of all of the bombing and American soldiers that were stationed in Vietnam. While in the book, the main character was also scared and also became a refugee just like most people during the war. Something else that I realized that was in both my book and in history, was that there was an increased physical and psychological deterioration in American soldiers. In Sympathizer, there are drunk American soldiers that the officer meets, and in my article(s) it talks about alcohol and drug use of American soldiers going up.
Kids. Cancer. Two words that should never go together, but with almost 700 kids affected by cancer everyday, that is the harsh reality. Childhood cancer patients don't get a chance to act and play like normal kids. Everyday, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, are sent to hospitals for treatment, and have stay in places where they can’t act like kids. They stay in boring, mostly white rooms and have nothing to occupy their minds during painful and stressful procedures. Making it so that these kids have the best life while they can is really important because 12% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. We want these kids to remember having fun and playing, not sitting in a boring room all day long. These children didn’t do anything to deserve being sick and they shouldn’t be punished by sitting around all day in hospitals with little to do. Childhood cancer patients in hospitals don’t get to act like kids.
I am interested in helping with this issue because I have seen the effects of cancer in my own life, and I am a strong believer that kids shouldn't be forced to grow up too fast. These cancer patients have to handle tough situations from a young age, which is a lot of pressure to put on the backs of children. This is an issue that we should care about because there is no way to prevent childhood cancer. It could happen to anyone and may even affect people that you know. 16000 kids are diagnosed each year in the US alone. This means that several thousand children are just sitting around, spending up to years in hospitals. Childhood cancer patients in hospitals don't get the chance to have a normal childhood and that needs to be fixed.
This issue mostly affects children diagnosed with cancer. According to American Childhood Cancer Organization, cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children in America. Even though cancer is the most common cause of death by disease, 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will make it past the 5 year mark. Though this may look good, this means that once they pass five years old, their chances of survival is greatly decreased. ⅔ of all children who survive the disease, suffer from at least one chronic illness or long term effect such as heart damage, second cancers, lung damage, infertility, cognitive impairment, growth deficits, hearing loss, and much more. They also have to be closely monitored for the rest of their life. This issue of children with cancer not getting to live a very normal life has been a problem since childhood cancer has been around.
This is a problem in our community because these children cannot do anything about having cancer. They have to stay in the hospital for a long period of time in order to get the treatment they need such as Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a type a treatment that most childhood cancer patients take to try to get rid of the tumor, but it is very expensive for family members to pay for. In addition, we have very few childhood cancer centers in our community who don't receive much funding. The funding they do collect goes directly to tackling childhood cancer. Without this, children won't have the proper treatments and will have less items to entertain themselves.
Others in our community have helped with this issue by creating websites/fundraisers and encouraging people to donate. Alexander’s Toy Trunk, inc. is a nonprofit that provides new toys, books, and games to hospitalized children. Starting from just a cardboard box, and one boy bringing a few simple toys every week, this organization has grown tremendously. Thanks to them, it's brought much excitement and profit to hospitals throughout the area. There are now more advancements in the environment for the children, as well as an increase in pleasure from the patients. Although Alexander's Toy Trunk has benefited the issue greatly, there is still a need for help in our community.
We still need to contribute because toys and candy aren't the only things that children need. Children need to be loved and cared for. It is important that they have a chance to live their lives just as we do, making sure that cancer will not separate them from anyone. Alexander's Toy Trunk, is not the only organization that is trying to solve this problem, many others are creating new charities and fundraisers as well. Striving for More, inc. is even planning on creating medical dolls to provide comfort and help the children communicate where they are in pain. In order to make a change, we need to work together to raise awareness, and give these children a happy, healthy, and overall better life.
For our project we are collecting items and monetary donations to give to duke hospital childhood cancer center. We are doing these collections in all grade levels and we hope to gather things to make the kids at duke happier and help raise awareness about childhood cancer This chart shows the steps that we will take in order to achieve this goal.
Making fundraisers/websites aren't the only way we could help. We are collecting donations for the hospitals and the children getting treatment there. Donations give money to the hospitals so they can continue giving toys and necessary items to the patients. We are also gathering toys and books so they can enjoy their stay at that hospital. All children deserve to have a happy and non-stressful childhood no matter what they can going through. By donating, we as students are giving back and helping those in need.
Our goal for hospital service is to bring in more profit/donations as well as raising awareness. We thought this was an important subject to provide service to and help because not many people understand what these children are going through. We plan on contributing specifically asked for supplies such as medical kits, scrapbooks, movies, gift cards and games. We also want to make people recognize that cancer is something that has a huge impact on lives. Not only do we want to make a positive change in the patients lives, but we want others to feel moved by our accomplishments. In order to know we have met this goal, we will have reached our expected point of $1500 & needed donations, as well as given children with cancer a happier, and overall better life.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: “Childhood cancer Infographics.”curesearch.org. 3-30-17 <https://curesearch.org/Infographics>
My personality according to other people is nice, social, and humorous. My family would say that I am extremely stubborn and I'm the type of person who always need to have the last word in an argument. As a child, I was very adventurous and would listen to everyone.
In Henderson County, A family lost their dog after it was euthanized in a shelter. The dog got out of the house and was loose until animal control picked the dog up. In total, the owner has 72 hours to get their dog, but the shelter closed for the full 72 hours. The cause of this was that the dog was euthanized and the owner was not told until a day later. There were also other instances of this in Winston Salem, Forsyth County, and Cleveland County. All cases were because the dogs could not be identified. To help with this issue we should keep collars on and microchip our pets. If we do this, less family pets will be mistaken as strays. You never know when this will happen to your beloved pet(s) so always have a way to identify it.
In NC, many people are homeless. A lot of them are veterans and had served our country, this relates to our community because many of them (In Fayetteville) are living on the streets. I am personally interested in this because my cousin a few years back was having trouble with money and finding a home. Also this affects all of us because we aren't being paid enough and many more are going to live on the streets. This is what happened to most veterans on the streets (the government didn't pay them enough). We can prevent this by donating money and food to the homeless shelters and we can also volunteer there too. Adding on to this, we can create our own charity program and we can buy or knit blankets, hats, gloves, etc.
Immigrants faced many hardships after they arrived in the US, here are some hardships that they have faced.
Education- Many adults/teens that are immigrants speak different languages and finding a good education is harder for them. Colleges accept people who did well in school, but they don't know how well the immigrants did in their old schools, so lees are accepted and less have better educations.
Work/Money- Due to bad education or poor linguistic speech, many immigrants work for less money than the average amount, so they don't have a lot money and many are in poverty