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After watching the documentary Field Trip to the DMZ

Patriotism gives a positive vibe to me, and stands beside other words that I like–such as glory, honor, and pride. Upon just hearing them I can feel this warmth. Even unity has a nice, wholesome ring to it. But say “reunification,” and I wouldn’t feel anything. In fact, I would not want to hear it again.

Of course, people try to give an explanation to that. As part of the new generation of South Koreans, I don’t have the sisterly connection to the people of the North. People have family living there, and they might as well be on the opposite side of the world.

Am I supposed to feel some ancestral connection regardless? Am I a heartless person for thinking that people who want reunification just because they want to see their families might be a little ignorant, if not selfish, because of the political upheaval it would require, the probable necessity of force, and the burdens it may press upon the struggling South Korean government and economy?

Does reunification sound more probable than the North Korean government turning over a new leaf and starting to actually provide its citizen’s rights and needs?

Why do they ask for reunification anyway? Why can’t they wish for North Korea to open up to the world and let people move back and forth?

What kind of warmth do they feel from the word “reunification” that I don’t react in any way to?

Of course all I would be doing is asking questions. I’m not even proud of being a Korean, and I have minimal connections to Korean culture. I feel bad for the way North Koreans are being abandoned by their government, I hope there is some way to change that, but I feel no reason to want reunification.

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The architecture, the dance, the painting may still feel remote to the average civilian. However, modernism-style furniture is a clear indicator of how this culture can exist in our everyday lives. This chair, like the building, follows the style of simplicity, with solid bright colors and geometric structure. This chair is much less detailed than the elaborately carved 18th-century chairs, perhaps promoting a more wholistic and simple view of life and one's environment.

The architecture, the dance, the painting may still feel remote to the average civilian. However, modernism-style furniture is a clear indicator of how this culture can exist in our everyday lives. This chair, like the building, follows the style of simplicity, with solid bright colors and geometric structure. This chair is much less detailed than the elaborately carved 18th-century chairs, perhaps promoting a more wholistic and simple view of life and one's environment.

A few snippets of modernism:

A huge chunk of modern art is Pop Art, the use of bright colors and solid shapes in everyday life. Like many others, this piece is an eclectic collection of patterns and shades and have greatly contrasting elements. The picture overall isn't complicated, but is a breaking-down of everyday things into a shape-oriented perspective.

A huge chunk of modern art is Pop Art, the use of bright colors and solid shapes in everyday life. Like many others, this piece is an eclectic collection of patterns and shades and have greatly contrasting elements. The picture overall isn't complicated, but is a breaking-down of everyday things into a shape-oriented perspective.

 

Modern architecture also incorporates the use of simple shapes in real life. This building is designed to look like a sphere, and its silver metal color accentuates the simplicity of modern style.

Modern architecture also incorporates the use of simple shapes in real life. This building is designed to look like a sphere, and its silver metal color accentuates the simplicity of modern style.

 

Modern dance emphasizes free expression. As indicated in this scene, the dancers all have individual poses that create an overall feeling instead of following a rigid choreography. Another interesting trait is that modern dancers tend to dance barefoot, and do not wear uniform costumes. All these efforts symbolize the breaking away from the structured rules of dance into a more relaxed, free style.

Modern dance emphasizes free expression. As indicated in this scene, the dancers all have individual poses that create an overall feeling instead of following a rigid choreography. Another interesting trait is that modern dancers tend to dance barefoot, and do not wear uniform costumes. All these efforts symbolize the breaking away from the structured rules of dance into a more relaxed, free style.

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We label teenage movies as “chick flicks” due to their bubbly, carefree tone and escapist fun.  Teen movies use stereotypes and exaggerate lives of emotional adolescents to entertain their key audience, teenage girls acclimated to Western culture, and to direct them towards maturity by mocking the frivolous aspects of adolescence.

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Wendy in Peter Pan looks out the window with yearning eyes.  She represents the transition from a child to an adult when she realizes in Neverland, where Peter lives, that she doesn’t want to stay a child forever.  She wants to be a great older sister, a nurturing mother, and a responsible individual.

Wendy in Peter Pan looks out the window with yearning eyes. She represents the transition from a child to an adult when she realizes in Neverland, where Peter lives, that she doesn’t want to stay a child forever. She wants to be a great older sister, a nurturing mother, and a responsible individual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In The Hot Chick, Jessica Spencer’s lines are very sentimental. After learning that lots of people don’t like her at the school because she’s spoiled and mean, and that her boyfriend genuinely loves her for who she is, she realizes that she’s been a fool all along.

 

 

 

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In Greek mythology, Aphrodite came to Mount Olympus where the gods lived, when she was about 18.  She’s the most beautiful goddess, and with her awareness of this, often taunted others.  In this picture, with her confident and striking pose, she knows that men desire her and flaunts her body.

In Greek mythology, Aphrodite came to Mount Olympus where the gods lived, when she was about 18. She’s the most beautiful goddess, and with her awareness of this, often taunted others. In this picture, with her confident and striking pose, she knows that men desire her and flaunts her body.

 

Also, Zeus was infamous for his infinite extramarital love affairs with women he found physically appealing.  In one case, as shown here, he came down as a swan to seduce and rape Leda, a young woman who conceded to his lust.

Also, Zeus was infamous for his infinite extramarital love affairs with women he found physically appealing. In one case, as shown here, he came down as a swan to seduce and rape Leda, a young woman who conceded to his lust.

 

 

 

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In John Tucker Must Die, instead of introducing himself further with proper manners, Justin takes the brownies to Kate’s mom and tries to seduce her because she is “so hot,” regardless of their age difference and the inappropriateness of a potential relationship.

 

 

 

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The famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet symbolizes their secret fulfillment of their forbidden love.  They embrace very passionately here, but only because it’s night and Juliet’s alone do the couple kiss unabashedly.

The famous balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet symbolizes their secret fulfillment of their forbidden love. They embrace very passionately here, but only because it’s night and Juliet’s alone do the couple kiss unabashedly.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Mean Girls, Regina George the queen-bee of high school is shown kissing another guy apart from her boyfriend, Aaron.  This betrayal reflects how teen movies emphasize our impulsive nature, our indulgence in fantasy without realizing consequences.

In Mean Girls, Regina George the queen-bee of high school is shown kissing another guy apart from her boyfriend, Aaron. This betrayal reflects how teen movies emphasize our impulsive nature, our indulgence in fantasy without realizing consequences.

9:10-9:45: In this clip from Mean Girls, Cady Heron, the newcomer in high school, sabotages the Plastics (teen royalty) at first as a deal with her art friends, but later to become the queen bee herself.  Parents are unsuspecting and don’t know what’s going on until later. 

 

 

 

 

 

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In The Vain Crow, a crow tries to cover himself up with peacock feathers so that he could hide his own black ones.  His arrogant posture—with his head towards the sky—shows how in the story he scorns other crows for their “ugliness” and tries to fit in with the peacocks.  However, the picture ridicules the pretentiousness of the crow by juxtaposing it with a real peacock, which he will never be.  Overall, it shows us that we should accept ourselves.

In The Vain Crow, a crow tries to cover himself up with peacock feathers so that he could hide his own black ones. His arrogant posture—with his head towards the sky—shows how in the story he scorns other crows for their “ugliness” and tries to fit in with the peacocks. However, the picture ridicules the pretentiousness of the crow by juxtaposing it with a real peacock, which he will never be. Overall, it shows us that we should accept ourselves.

 

Website about Maxine Hong Kingston: In the sixth sentence of the third bullet point underneath The Woman Warrior: General, Maxine Hong Kingston discovers who she is by exploring her family’s Chinese ethnicity.  She conveys her process of learning about her background and grasping who she is: in The Woman Warrior, she jumps from legend to present, and to different point of views.

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Regina George from Mean Girls is being “celebrated” as the Queen Bee of the school, like a real royal family or God would be worshipped by the common people. She is elevated above everyone else and is the stereotypical blonde, pretty “ideal” that all girls want to follow.

Regina George from Mean Girls is being “celebrated” as the Queen Bee of the school, like a real royal family or God would be worshipped by the common people. She is elevated above everyone else and is the stereotypical blonde, pretty “ideal” that all girls want to follow.

 

2:44-3:30: This classification shows how prominent cliques are in a teenager’s life. It is important to belong somewhere, and it is so inflexible that just a slight difference will make the group lose its “identity”. The archetype of self identity is stereotyped into the frivolous perspective of a teenager. 

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In the picture of Snow White, she is being saved by a Prince with whom she will live happy ever after.  Good triumphs over Evil

In the picture of Snow White, she is being saved by a Prince with whom she will live happy ever after. Good triumphs over Evil

In this picture of Cinderella, her fairy godmother makes her dreams come true; in both situations, the main characters gain happiness without needing to make too much of an effort.  It’s the kind of story that makes you put your hand on your heart and sigh, it’s the kind of story that you can only dream about.

In this picture of Cinderella, her fairy godmother makes her dreams come true; in both situations, the main characters gain happiness without needing to make too much of an effort. It’s the kind of story that makes you put your hand on your heart and sigh, it’s the kind of story that you can only dream about.

 

 

 

 

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Sydney White is a damsel in distress and her Prince Charming comes just in time to save her with a kiss. This depicts a coincidence that could only happen in a fairytale and that teenagers stereotypically dream about.

Sydney White is a damsel in distress and her Prince Charming comes just in time to save her with a kiss. This depicts a coincidence that could only happen in a fairytale and that teenagers stereotypically dream about.

 

In the clip from The Hot Chick, the girls talk about love in a dream-like way, with giggles and brief, wistful pauses. This stereotypes the unrealistic way in which teenagers perceive love and how they cannot connect it to real life due to their high emotional instability. 

 

 

 

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 Website about Macbeth: Macbeth and his wife are hiding behind happy-faced masks, which are white and innocent. These faces would tell nothing of the blood that surrounds the two and their scheming expressions. In the story, Lady Macbeth goes through intense emotional struggles even though no one is blaming him before she finally kills herself.

 

 

 

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In this picture from Mean Girls, Cady is hugging a girl who had been defending Regina George’s backstabbing Cady, instead of helping her get closer to him. Usually, a hug is given for positive purposes, to symbolize good feelings. But it is clear that this hug is an act of façade because Cady’s real face, which the other girl can’t see, shows no sign of forgiveness.

In this picture from Mean Girls, Cady is hugging a girl who had been defending Regina George’s backstabbing Cady, instead of helping her get closer to him. Usually, a hug is given for positive purposes, to symbolize good feelings. But it is clear that this hug is an act of façade because Cady’s real face, which the other girl can’t see, shows no sign of forgiveness.

 

This picture shows what Cady really wants to do to Regina—start attacking her for the horrible thing she did to Cady—but what Cady doesn’t do because in the stereotypical girl world, she must maintain a façade and try attack Regina secretly.

This picture shows what Cady really wants to do to Regina—start attacking her for the horrible thing she did to Cady—but what Cady doesn’t do because in the stereotypical girl world, she must maintain a façade and try attack Regina secretly.

 Prompt 1:

  The original archetypes stand out with their age, as they stem from classic literature, mythology, and art that have stayed with us since the ancient times; they outline adolescence facts that point to self struggles, conflicts in teenagers’ environments, and rebellion. On the other hand, today’s teen movies take these themes and overuse them in corny ways. The stereotypes are more specific to the teenage world and focused on showing how the archetype themes negatively portray adolescent life. It is no wonder teen movies are marketed as “chick flicks” or “rom coms”; companies pander them to the main target audience of teenage girls accustomed to American pop culture. The male elderly would least relate with the contents of these movies, as the huge generation and gender gap renders them unable to empathize with the problems and feelings that the characters experience. The images function in two levels—to entertain the audience and to teach them lessons about growing up.

Prompt 2:

  From our observations after watching countless teen movies, we came to conclude that they recycle and reuse stereotypes for two purposes—to entertain the audience, the majority being teenage girls, and to teach them a lesson at the same time.

  Teen movies draw ideas from a variety of archetypes because of their highly emotional, chaotic, and dramatic nature. They show what teenagers are attracted to, including fluffy fairytale endings, and also are familiar with, such as angst-driven catfights. These stereotypes are exaggerated because teen movies tend to mock them, but they are further presented in a relatable way for most teens. For example, “chick flicks” like Mean Girls and The Hot Chick inflate the scale of sabotage and subversion among girls, but simultaneously highlight the essence of high school drama. Through these overdrawn caricatures of adolescence, teenagers may come to realize how ridiculous and petty their priorities have been all along. The coming-of-age theme is equally parodied in maudlin, sentimental ways. The protagonist matures with an amazing epiphany, filled with sappy lines of an “attitude of gratitude,” after facing rocky relationships and taking things for granted. Teen movies mock this cliché to avoid becoming a blatantly patronizing, “we’ll-teach-you-a-lesson” Disney show for young children.

  Overused issues that these movies bring up, such as pregnancy, alcohol use, and bullying, bring more attention to them and allow teenagers to reflect on them more. They demonstrate that we are not alone in our problems, and many others our age also go through the ones that we struggle to overcome obstacles. At the same time, they provide an outlet of pure escapist entertainment: while there are clashes between cliques and questionable “romance,” life’s woes are quickly settled and resolved.
People want to escape from the harsh realities of life in general. We observed that a teen movie is a distorted mirror that the audience can look into and can still find reality in.

  After completing our project, we were amazed by how much depth we could find from the lighthearted teen movies that we occasionally treat ourselves with. However, with the ambition to enlighten our class with as much of what we discovered as possible, we were not able to manage our presentation time efficiently. A run-through on Mr. Jones’s computer could have also prevented some of our technical difficulties. But overall, we were able to effectively communicate the meaning behind the happy-go-lucky teen movies.

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Wordle Vocabulary:

 Lust

Coming~of~Age

Rebellion

 Sabotage

Queen~Bee

 Idealistic

Belong

Identity

 Facade

 Fairytale

Search~for~Identity

Mocking

Chick~Flick

Teen~Movies

 Chaos

Balance

Process~of~Learning

 Emotional~Instability

Self~struggle

Arrogant

 Cornayyy

Marketing

Entertainment

 Catfight

Overused

 Adolescence

Rocky~Relationships

Sappy

“So~Hot”

Peer~Pressure

Indulgence

Impulsive

Happily~Ever~After

Prince~Charming

Girl~Politics

Taunt~and~Flaunt

Temptation

Challenge~Authority

Subversion

Lesson

 

If you would like to see our original powerpoint, please click here!

 

 

 

Replying to Mr. Jones’s blogpost about the New York Times article…

1. What authors or genres of writing are cited as influencing McCarthy’s writing style?

McCarthy’s writing style seem to draw from elaborate authors such as Faulkner and a mix of sophisticated Elizabethan english and real-world dialogue.

2. How does McCarthy treat human characters in his story as opposed to landscape and animals like horses?

McCarthy does not reflect as much thrill and glory in his human characters as he does when describing the landscape and horses in his story.

“In his sleep he could hear the horses stepping among the rocks and he could hear them drink from the shallow pools in the dark where the rocks lay smooth and rectilinear as the stones of ancient ruins and the water from their muzzles dripped and rang like water dripping in a well and in his sleep he dreamt of horses and the horses in his dream moved gravely among the tilted stones like horses come upon an antique site where some ordering of the world had failed and if anything had been written on the stones the weathers had taken it away again and the horses were wary and moved with great circumspection carrying in their blood as they did the recollection of this and other places where horses once had been and would be again. Finally what he saw in his dream was that the order in the horse’s heart was more durable for it was written in a place where no rain could erase it.”

This descriptive excerpt demonstrates a vibrant and poignant  illustration of nature. The author is clearly fascinated by the mystery of horses, and elevates them with traits that transcend the nature of humans (such as the poetic addition of “a place where no rain could erase it” when describing the “durable order in the horse’s heart”).

3. What type of dialogue does the article state McCarthy uses?

The article praises how “realistic dialogue, for which his ear is deadly accurate” adorns the work of McCarthy. In other words, he successfully weaved his dialogue so that it sounds unpolished, natural, and believably happening in the rural areas of America today.

4. What is notable about his diction (word choice)?

Although his word choice is not exceptionally hard, it is sophisticated in the way that it is extremely descriptive and specific.

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In response to the film “Growing Up Online“…

Q #1: In what ways would you need to change your routine in order to disconnect yourself from all media (i.e. no TV, no Internet, etc.) What problems would you encounter if you unplugged for one day? One week? One month?

If I had to give myself a media-free day, I would have to either go straight to my room and sleep or frolick outside after school, communicate with my friends telepathically, and make a greater effort to talk to myself so that I wouldn’t get so insanely bored. I’ve actually been “unplugged” for a few days when I went to Disneyworld with my family in the winter. I guess that works when you’re in a place that is aimed to disconnect you from reality itself.

But I wouldn’t be able to stand being away from the computer for more than week.

First of all, I would have no idea what’s happening around the world. What happened to the Gaza conflict? Did my friend Lauren finally start putting on makeup? And second, I would only be able to talk to those who are in the close physical vicinity. All my friends on the other side of the world would be MIA and I would feel horribly uninvolved in their lives. It’s all about the information that would be lost without being connected to media every so often.

Q #2: How many hours per week do you estimate you spend on Facebook or similar personal networking sites? What are the benefits and disadvantages of using these sites?

 I spend about 3~4 hours every day on Facebook. Even when I’m doing other things, I have it on so that I could check what’s going on. These sites are useful when you want to communicate and be part of the lives of friends around the world. Even though you’re not with them, it feels like you’re actively maintaining a friendship. These sites may be helping us save the time we need to spend talking on the phone or having intimate get-togethers with every single person we want to keep in touch with. However, the very open and available nature of these networking sites is also dangerous. There is no privacy, period. On facebook, other people can see the video that you post on your best friend’s wall–other people meaning those you don’t even know. Every day, I notifications that tell me that random people are wanting to “be my friend” after seeing some of my pictures online. When the idea hits you, the famous “Facebook Stalkers” can get very creepy. It’s not their fault, obviously. The availability of information just makes everyone curious about what kinds of conversation someone might be having with others, what’s going on in their love lives, etc.

Q #3: To what extent are you aware of viral marketing, the use of “advertorials” (presenting advertisements as editorial content), or direct marketing on Facebook and other social networking sites?

 I don’t really pay attention…except for the one advertising Mr. Hatridge’s hagwon because I had to go there for debate practice haha. I don’t think online advertisements are a good idea, especially since the first thought I have when I see one is how this company/product must suck to even have to promote on the internet.

Q #4: Personal response based on your individual viewing of “Growing Up Online”.

I think the internet gives us the power of identity–the anonymous nature that one can assume online is, as well as a danger, also a tool. You can do things without feeling  judged, you can be at different places at once. This experimental nature of the internet would let us try different things until we can really find a character that we believe is who we are. The internet seems to be accepting, open, and eager to see what you can do.

I actually liked the idea of schools adapting to the “online” nature of today’s generation. I think this is an inevitable evolution of society that will only cause conflicts when the old generation tries to grip onto the traditions it had lived with and force it on us.

For every goal that everyone wants to achieve, there are many paths that lead up to it. The typically “Korean” method of academic success is hagwon, or cram school, that holds your hand throughout your educational journey. The universally unethical methods for getting something you want can be listed off memory any time–lying, cheating, stealing.

Of course, trying to gain an unfair advantage is unjustified. But really, how accurate are these observations, and how much of this is the fault of students? The article about US students admits that its data may be flawed, since the accuracy of it depends on the honesty of those asked. Ironic…wasn’t this article written to criticize the students’ lack of integrity… ? Another thing; while the statistics may be shocking at first glance, the public would be much too gullible if it drinks it in accordingly. Maybe the Christian schools have a more rigid standard of justice, regarding harshly the acts that may be accepted by a non-Christian school. Maybe the Christina school students are just being honest, while a lot of students at non-Christian schools lie that they have not lied, cheated, or stolen.

Now let’s weigh the means and ends in context to society. Is the fact that there are more cheaters, stealers, and hagwoners the fault of a posterity of rotten values? Or is it the impossible standards of society that drive the youth to desperation, oftentimes thoughtlessly overlooking their own morals because of the result-oriented nature of the current community?

Or maybe this impulse is a dark side that everyone has and few people are strong enough to overcome. And…even if it started out as the fault of societal values, one really has no excuse for the wrong choices he makes.

I’m guessing that success would come either way, whether you play it dirty or not. Only you would know, unless you got caught. And that in itself is a paradox; you can never hide anything from yourself. You are your best friend, your keeper of secrets, but also your worse enemy who can look into your bare soul and penetrate all the dark things you have inside. You are naked in front of yourself, and you know everything that you are guilty of doing, saying, or thinking.

and in the end, when you’re almost done with life, everything you did will come to haunt you.

if only people could think that far in life.

in response to Mr Jones’ blogpost about Young and Restless China… 

2. Why do you think the Chinese government has nicknamed the young people coming home from abroad “returning turtles”? [How do you think their work or educational experiences abroad have affected their ambitions in China? Why do you think these young people have returned to China?]

 

In recent years, the Chinese youth started to follow a life routine that could have never been expected from the formerly hermit kingdom. Young minds spread to the rest of the world, such as by receiving education in the United States, only to return to their motherland to settle in with a career. This is a dominant trend in many other developing countries; citizens would develop the ambitions of a western culture, but return to their homes because they can find better opportunities to succeed there. This is an especially new step for China, which was previously ruled by the communist economy in which everyone had equal pay and work, and therefore had no incentive to innovate or work any harder than others. Now, Chinese youths return to their country with a motivation to pursue their own individual welfares. This path seems to imitate that of turtles, which swim outward to the big sea once they are hatched but return to the shore to lay their eggs.

 

6. Lu Dong likens Chinese ambition to a poor kid going into a candy store and grabbing too much candy because he has been hungry for so long. Is this an apt analogy for China? Propose another analogy to describe Chinese ambition.

 

The analogy of Chinese ambition to “a poor child grabbing too much candy at the candy store because he has been hungry for so long,” appropriately observes the new burst of economic pursuits in context to China’s poor, underdeveloped economy in the past. Before this Diaspora, citizens were uniformly trapped in a poor standard of life. But now that they have been exposed to enough western values to see the opportunities that China has opened, they cannot seem to get enough of this novel change. The “grabbing too much candy” would refer to the uprooting of traditional Chinese values and the “simple way of life” for the one-road pursuit of wealth. The Chinese ambition could also be paralleled to the end of a cross-country race, after which I drink way too much water because I have been deprived of it while running.

 

8. Who do you think is the happiest of the young people profiled in this documentary and why?

 

I feel that those who were able to apply the westernizing mindset of the economy to their personal principles, while maintaining a portion of Chinese simplicity, are the happiest. Although she is not doing as well as the others in the documentary, the migrant worker seems to benefit most from the changing society. The economic development may heighten the standard of life for many, but does little to guarantee an increase in happiness. It may actually cut down on one’s moral principles and meaning in life, as testified by Lu Dong. We do know that the internet café runners are successful, but they do not indicate any satisfaction further than monetary gains and one of the partners even worried about the use of bribery in the “corrupt waters” of business. The migrant worker, on the other hand, took the western opportunity of working independently from her family and yet did not complain about her low pay. She utilized the western value of individuality and self-interest not in the field of money, but in love; she was able to break away from the Chinese tradition of arranged marriage and pursued a relationship on her own. By finding a balance between the old Chinese culture and new cultural upheaval, she was able to achieve a “happier life.”