Monthly Archives: February 2017

Socials Précis

Source: Samuel Adams: Son of Liberty, Father of Revolution by Benjamin Irvin

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Author Irvin provides with both a factual and insightful recount of one of the enigmatic Founding Fathers and figures of the American Revolution, and his involvement, as a New Englander, with the Siege of Louisbourg, one of the most critical roles in the strained relationship between Britain and France. Irvin provides insight into historic recounts and detailed dates and terms, giving us an relatively accurate reflection on one of the Founding Fathers.

In-Depth: Post #3

Ah, the rush of in-depth.

These past three weeks, Franny, Katrina and I have been chipping away at the dance choreography (progress video to be uploaded after next practice session!)

Progress Report:

Since the last post, I have met with my mentor, Sunny, as well Franny and/or Katrina to practice the dance weekly, learning it almost to the point of completion. We’ve had very good progress so far, with minimal roadblocks. The only major one that can be pointed out is the fact that we’ve had to make some noticeable adjustments to the dance choreography, because there are only three people in our group, and seventeen in the original KPOP group. Thanks to Sunny, we have been able to fill in most of the gaps, using our own moves as well as most of the original dance to be able to complete the choreography. It’s very easy to get carried away in terms of liberties with the choreography (after all, it’s not like anyone in the audience has a Ph. D. in KPOP dance), but Sunny reminds us to keep the original choreography as a skeleton, and mold the parts we need to around it. Using this video as a guide, which I have found to be very helpful in noticing, learning, and implementing the tiniest details of the dance, we have near-completed the choreography. By modifying the dance to meet the circumstances of the group, we have actually been able to learn it faster, making our practice session more efficient and yield a higher success rate.

Mentor Update:

For the past two sessions, our practices tend to go something like this: listen to our song, outline goals for progress, learn any new parts, review parts, run through dance several times, complete a ‘random play’ dance, and run through dance several more times. Wait, what do I mean by ‘random play’ dance? This obscure term refers a popular Korean trend (especially in the entertainment and music industry, examples here and here), which may seem extremely odd and overly exaggerated to an outsider, but is a very common activity that is participated in on Korean variety shows, where the hosts of a show play music at random sections and the participants dance to the corresponding choreography. It sounds and looks kind of ridiculous to someone who isn’t Korean or doesn’t invest themselves into that sort of thing, but I feel like I have stumbled upon a common interest between my mentor and me because of this. Dancing has always been a passion of mine, but I didn’t know how much enjoyment I could get from dancing to these random, flashy KPOP songs with my mentor. The actual dances themselves, being only 20-second snippets from several pieces, were not difficult, but rather the act of having to make a half-second switch from one dance to another made it challenging. I found myself in awe of Sunny’s ability to make these quick changes, and made me respect her even more (cheesy as it might sound).

Communication between us has improved a lot too. Since I find it very difficult to open up in social situations, reverting to my hermit crab-like tendencies is usually the easiest thing to do when faced with a new challenge or meeting a new authority figure. However, through mutual understanding and the ability to respect each other on an equal level, this sense of anxiousness has gone away and I find it very easy to ask her for her opinions, discuss things with her, and converse with her. Before, I felt like I was questioning her authority by asking her to repeat something, as if she didn’t teach it right the first time. Now, however, I am comfortable enough to ask to her explain things again, or to demonstrate a certain move for us


Since Katrina had not been able to join us for a session (due to a water polo tournament), there are some important things we need to fill her in on. Luckily, she has been able to learn the dance on her own, but the parts that we have had to fill in need to be taught. Hopefully we will be able to meet for a session soon. I am very lucky to be in a team where I can rely on all my team members to learn their own parts, because it means that the time we have together is used efficiently and not wasted by having to go step by step on basic moves. By the next blog post, I hope to have the first version of footage ready to post for people to see.

Another goal I have been working towards is working on my solo performance for In-Depth night itself. Popular Korean dance studio, ‘1MILLION’, has a YouTube cover of a popular Korean hip hop song called ‘Half Moon’, which I have been looking at and learning for quite a while. Although I know without a doubt this will be challenging conceptually, physically, and mentally as I have never danced to anything this difficult before, I’m up for the challenge, and am very excited at the prospect of learning this.

Until next time, let’s all hope for some progress and success to come our way!

An Exploration of Resurgence: The Destruction of a People and its Rise to the Surface

In the short time period we’ve been in this class, we have already begun to learn about the indecencies and errors of our past as humans, especially in Canada. We know what cultural genocide is, and we know its branches. We are beginning to understand the reasoning behind the courses of action, and its effects on different cultures. Over the course of this past week, we’ve done a reading about residential schools, the sixties scoop, and cultural genocide in Canada, and how it affected the masses of Aboriginals, changing the course of their existence. We have learned about reconciliation, what it is, and how people are striving to achieve the positive change and rehabilitation between two nations that reconciliation hopes to bring. We have learned about the past, and about the present, but we haven’t learned what happens between those stages, which begs the questions: Why is cultural eradication so negatively effective? How do some cultures bounce back from such extreme actions? By all means, Canada has a peaceful connotation, one of freedom, one of religious and cultural freedom.

This course has led us to explore the darker sides of human history, devoid of happy unions, or new exploration of a completely new land. For this topic in particular, there are several important things to touch on, several of which I hope to explore in this post. Some of these include themes of revenge, quiet submission, and rebuttal. For the purposes of this post, here are some of the goals I had while writing:

  • Notice trends, patterns, and outliers in cultural genocide in other regions, not just Canada
  • Observe why some cultures can bounce back and why others can’t
  • Explore different forms of cultural eradication and the different effects they have