Archive for July, 2010

前进,前进,前进,进!

Posted in California, Musing, United States with tags on July 24, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I feel like my stay in America is simply a steady march forward towards my next visit to China. I cannot wait. I miss that country so much. I feel so much more comfortable over there than I do in America. I can, as long as I do not immediately endanger anybody else, pretty much do whatever I want in China. Here, I cannot so much as walk down the street holding a can of soda without getting stopped by the police to see if I am breaking the open container law. Ugh. Land of the free?

In other news, I STILL have not gone through and edited my Yunnan photos, which I regret not doing sooner. I am worried that I will forget the details of the trip, and that the photos I took will not sufficiently bring back the subtleties of the memories I have of it. I guess there is no choice but to trust in my photographic skill, and luckily, that of my pop, who went ahead and brought his 5DmkII to add to the mix. I will try to work on them after my finals are over, which should be by this coming Wednesday.

Love to all of you.

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144A Policy Paper

Posted in California, United States with tags , , , , on July 24, 2010 by foundmeinchina

One of the classes I am taking during my summer in the U.S. is a Political Science class focusing on International Conflict. The class teaches different political theories/perspectives, such as Realism, Liberalism, Critical Theory, World Systems Theory, Constructivism, Feminism, and others, and applies them to the Kosovo conflict. In addition, we had to select a current world conflict and write a research paper, Op-Ed, and Policy paper. I selected the US/China debate over China’s renminbi exchange rate.

Here is the Policy Paper–the assignment was to summarize the research we had done on our conflict in about a page, then outline three possible policies to take in regards to the conflict. They had to be from three different political theory perspectives, and we had to provide a cost/benefit analysis, as well as projections of the possible outcomes of our policy. All in 3 pages double-spaced. That last requirement proved to be the biggest challenge.

Grade Received: Not yet known.

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144A Int’l Conflict Op-Ed

Posted in California, United States with tags , , , , on July 15, 2010 by foundmeinchina

One of the classes I am taking during my summer in the U.S. is a Political Science class focusing on International Conflict. The class teaches different political theories/perspectives, such as Realism, Liberalism, Critical Theory, World Systems Theory, Constructivism, Feminism, and others, and applies them to the Kosovo conflict. In addition, we had to select a current world conflict and write a research paper, Op-Ed, and Policy paper. I selected the US/China debate over China’s renminbi exchange rate.

Here is the Op-Ed–Though well-written, according to my professor I did not focus enough on one main point, instead jumping back and forth between the difference both countries’ perceptions of one another, the Chinese ownership of foreign debt, and the current international monetary policy of both countries. Oh well. I had fun writing it.

Grade Received: B+

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144A International Conflict Research Paper

Posted in California, United States with tags , , , , on July 8, 2010 by foundmeinchina

One of the classes I am taking during my summer in the U.S. is a Political Science class focusing on International Conflict. The class teaches different political theories/perspectives, such as Realism, Liberalism, Critical Theory, World Systems Theory, Constructivism, Feminism, and others, and applies them to the Kosovo conflict. In addition, we had to select a current world conflict and write a research paper, Op-Ed, and Policy paper. I selected the US/China debate over China’s renminbi exchange rate.

Here is the Research Paper–it’s a long read at ten pages double-spaced, but I think it’s pretty interesting. I definitely learned a lot.

Grade Received: A-

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