Archive for October, 2010

Research Reflections Blog #4

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

In the past few days I have been doing research yet again upon the topic of “The lost boys of Sudan.” I have come across a multitude of shocking facts about what is occurring there. Other than the information I have discovered I have realized some easy tips to help me with me researching. Some of these include putting a + sign between each word when looking for a quote, title of an article, ETC. This helped with my searching by only looking the specific words that I have entered. It makes the search engine only look for those words combined in a row instead of just searching for those words. This has greatly helped me after losing a quote that I had to correct for an essay I was working on. Other things I have noticed is that after seeing this once I have seen it much more often, is that websites just put the author below the text with the date which helps you see if the information is relevant.

God Grew Tired Of Us #4

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

I was impressed by the steady progress that John has made in the U.S so far. John seemed to have been culture shocked. However, he eventually began to understand the culture and customs in the United States as he takes on new jobs, buys a car, and he gets involved into the community I fell like John has had a better start than most people do right out of college. John says, “Which America, bright or dark, is the truer one? Will America be governed by its principles of loving and helping one another, or by its moments of suspicion and cynicism” (230). I like John’s skepticism because it shows that he is curious about his new country and he wants to be involved as an American.

John was working at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He asked a woman very politely to remove her vehicle, and she responded with a hate-filled remark. “’Who are you?’ she shouted. ‘Go back to your f**king country! This is America, and you cannot tell me what to do!’” (228). This comment made me realize how selfish and self-centered Americans can be. John also makes another statement stood out to me in the same regard. I found this statement to describe America greatly. Something that I noticed while reading the reactions of John to the American life was that everything in America is magical to foreigners. John is full of wonder when he comes to this country because of the wonderful things America has to offer. I believe that Americans take for granted too much and need to realize how much better we have it than other countries in the world.

After reading this memoir, John Dau has helped me learn some great life lessons, the biggest lessons that I have learned is that nothing is impossible, that is, only when you set your mind to it. John overcame more hardships and obstacles in his life than I have faced with my family issues. Even when he felt that he was on death row, he pushed towards his goals. The manner that John acted was amazing. Now when ever I am in a rough situation, I know to keep working towards my dreams. Nothing can stop me if I persistently try. 

 

God grew Tired Of Us #2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

I was extremely surprised by the way the refugs in Kakuma responded to the Kenyans’ comments.   When the Kenyans robbed the refugs, the refugs were the same way to the Kenyans. For example, one of John Dau’s friends tried to sell a rooster in town. When the Kenyan police saw him, they took the rooster and told him that it was illegal to sell the national symbol of Kenya.  The sad thing is that Sudanese refuges couldn’t do a thing about the problem with the Kenyan’s.  Despite the ridicule, they  kept their same attitude. “My group made sure to keep its Dinka ways. Like every other group, we maintained the nightly tradition of synagogue.” (151).  John Dau never lost his faith no matter what happened.

I feel that I could not relate to much but I noticed he said something that caught my attention: “The camp had not electricity, no latrines, no running water, none of the things that make life easier for the thousands of refugees who began scattering across the site.”(128). This caught my attention because these are all things that we live with out these things but in a new country, and in the desert.  Until the UN dug the well, they had no usable water that they could get when needed.  They still had to wait for the UN to bring them water in the cars.  This is so hard for me to grasp.  I am not sure how life would be without any of these.  I realize that as an American, I am spoiled to have running water and electricity but it still astonishes me that people live with it them all over the world.

John’s reaction to the simple appliances in the apartment really made laugh.  “They took us around the apartment, flipping light switches to demonstrate how to turn on lamps, opening the oven and twisting knobs to show us how to cook without fire, and taking us into the bathroom to twist the knobs in the shower.  Water from overhead- delightful!”  (191). The sad thing is that millions of people have never seen technology. We, as Americans, live in a free country and have so many privileges are very blessed.  We have strong homes and unlimited information and I am blessed with such great living conditions.

Research Reflections Blog Posts 1

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

Well surprisingly, when I went to go try and search my topic on Galileo it gave me the response, “No Search Results Found.”  This confused me greatly because it is supposedly a major research database.  I was greatly unsatisfied because I found nothing after trying to re word my search twice then found reputable sources off Google.com.

During my research, I found a page on my topic.  I did as the modejules suggested, searching the author’s name, and it came back as a well-respected news journalist that used many other seemingly reputable web sources.  Then I used Evernote to save the page (hoping that it will work for once with me) and kept searching.

I personally think that we are given too much time in class to research our topic.  I am used to classes that give such a small amount of time to get our work done.  Therefore, I honestly have extra time during the class which I either read or finish other class work which I love.  I believe that it might just be my topic’s popularity that makes the research so easy to complete but I appreciate it.

God Grew Tired Of Us Response 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

 

  The struggles faced at the beginning of my readings of our section shocked me. I feel lucky to live in a country that has so much to offer and doesn’t let people live in such terrible circumstances. Yet I can relate to that when I was younger I got lost on a camping trip for two days near a small stream and such… I had food where as the boys didn’t until they came across the swamp. I was relieved when they left.

  I thought that when the boys came across the UN camp that there would be a turn for the worse. Usually you hear of violence in the camps but it seemed to be rather calm in the camp. Often you hear of how the camps there are riots and people try to kill the people who help them. The boys seems so grateful and welcoming to the offered necessities.

  When the boys were learning to read, write and etc… They were very confused at first due to their age and mind development. It is a problem with the brain that the older it grows that the slower it retains knowledge. The boys by the end of their lessons will have to try much harder than us (in America). The fact is common in Africa that students learn at a much slower rate and retail less.

God Grew Tired of us Response 1

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2010 by J.C. Maran 7

In my reading I found great topics that I wish to talk about. There is the matter of the diet mentioned in the book, the build of the people  and the sexism I discovered.

I believe that in this book the diet of the people is very different from American’s diet. One of the major differences I noticed was that they seem to refuse to eat the meat of the cow where as they will drink the milk. I think that is these people were such  major cow herders that at some point they must have eaten the meat of the animal. It is different in America because we often will try to eat any animal that we find pleasing even if some are illegal people will break the laws of the land just to eat it.

In the book it details the people in the tribe as tall and well built people. It also mentions that they were hardworking wrestlers. Yet in one of the photos shown in the book it said that one man was one of their tribe’s best wrestlers but it showed him being a man who was as skinny as all get out.. I did not understand how their wrestlers were so small in stature which is the opposite to American wrestlers.

The last topic I wish to mention is the sexism expressed via the book  in their civilization. It mentions that if a man is murdered that killer must give about 100 cattle to the wife or husband but if it is a woman killed the killer must give about half as much. It is also a sexist society in that a man can have multiple wives and that they can around 16 children. In a quote the book says “Then the men choose a woman to accompany them.” This is spoken in terms that a man would choose a woman to take with them on the cattle herding as if they had to choice.