Differences

Source: https://www.facebook.com/bbc/videos/1320340191334613/

Source: https://youtu.be/1MJrRvpjB1I

Questions:

  1. Did you expect the children to have these responses?
  2. Is prejudice inherent or learnt?
  3. How important is it to accept people’s differences? How important is it to be similar to other people?
  4. How can you make people less discriminatory?
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Read: http://www.darpanmagazine.com/news/national/pikes-plastic-plight-alberta-man-frees-fish-cinched-in-two-by-bottle-wrapper/

The plastic was a sports drink wrapper that had nearly cinched the pike in two in the middle of its body.

Joanna Skrajny said it shows what kind of an effect something as simple as a plastic wrapper can have on nature.
“It seems to be getting more and more common. There are cases where nesting birds have so much plastic in their stomachs that they are unable to eat,” she said.
Questions:
  1. What happened to the fish?
  2. What can be done to prevent this from happening?

Preserving dying martial arts

Source: https://youtu.be/xXJIVJSBYBM

Source: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsZinc/videos/746701262197209/

Questions:

  1. Is it necessary to continue / preserve these (martial arts) traditions? Why (not)?
  2. Can people be encouraged to practise these martial arts?
  3. What other ways are possible to preserve these arts?

In India, air so dirty your head hurts | TodayOnline

Read: http://www.todayonline.com/world/india-air-so-dirty-your-head-hurts

A toxic cloud has descended on India’s capital, delaying flights and trains and causing coughs, headaches and even highway pileups, prompting Indian officials on Wednesday (Nov 8) to take the unprecedented step of closing 4,000 schools for nearly a week.

Delhi has notoriously noxious air but even by the standards of this city, this week’s pollution has been alarming, reaching levels nearly 30 times what the World Health Organization considers safe.

How some glue and a rusty bike helped a Nepalese girl escape child marriage | The Guardian

Read: https://www.theguardian.com/working-in-development/2017/nov/09/nepal-the-girl-who-started-a-business-instead-of-becoming-a-child-bride

 

Questions:

  1. What do you consider a good age to get married at?
  2. Who are likely to marry early? Why?
  3. Who are likely to marry late? Why?
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of marrying early / late?
  5. Does marrying early have more advantages or disadvantages for girls? What about for boys?

Shenzhen village plays host to Hakka descendants – including Jamaican/African Americans | South China Morning Post

Source: https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/10155800196534820/

Read: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2118971/shenzhen-village-plays-host-hakka-descendents-including-jamaican/african

Although finding her Chinese grandfather was Madison’s primary goal, coming to Luo Shui He connects her with relatives from around the world.

“What my mother experienced was, if you get too far away, you don’t know how to get back. My mother didn’t grow up as part of the Lowe family; my grandfather looked for her for the entire 15 years he was in Jamaica until he returned to China, but he couldn’t find her. I think it’s important that all our family members have the opportunity to come back every once in a while. Come back and know that you’re connected, you’re grounded, you’re not floating alone in the world. You’re not lost.”

She says China cannot ignore this growing multi-ethnic diaspora, which challenges the definition of being Chinese. “You cannot tell me that I am not Chinese and you cannot tell me that I’m not Hakka, because I am,” she says.

“So what do you do, China?” she asks. “You need to welcome us. Welcome us as we come home because we are also products of Chinese culture, civilisation, principles, and we have an allegiance to our Chinese ancestry, our heritage. That’s why I want people to come here, to Luo Shui He.”

Questions:

  1. How do you define Chinese / Vietnamese / American etc.?
  2. Imagine this: Your grandparents were from Vietnam but migrated to Australia. You do not speak Vietnamese but English, and enjoy Australian pursuits. How do you define yourself?
  3. In a fast changing world where inter-cultural marriages are on the rise, is it necessary to investigate one’s roots? How closely should customs be followed?
  4. Do intercultural marriages have a positive or negative effect on the world?

What It’s Like to Live in the World’s Most Polluted City | National Geographic

Source: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160425-new-delhi-most-polluted-city-matthieu-paley/

Format:

  1. Show the images in the article.
  2. Discuss why there is so much pollution. Whose responsibility is it to solve this issue?
  3. Read the article and answer the questions. What It_s Like to Live in the World_s Most Polluted City

End of Death Robot

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuYTfKMveLk)

Read: https://www.cnet.com/news/last-moment-robot-end-of-life-detected/

Chen, an artist, designer, and engineer who just graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Digital + Media, built the machine as one of a series of functional robots capable of reenacting human social behaviors. But just how much can a machine impart comfort and security?

Therapeutic robots have been used with other populations as well, including autistic children. But the idea of what is, in essence, a robot hospice worker, pushes the conceptual boundaries of human-machine interaction to places some people might not be ready to go. Which is precisely what Chen wants to do.

“The device is meant to raise questions,” he says. “The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of a human life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection. In this installation, human presence is replaced with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacy without humanity.”

(Katz, 2012)

Questions:

  1. What do you think is the “right” way to die?
  2. Would you like to be accompanied by a robot as you die? What about your mobile phone?
  3. People subcontract out many manual jobs – for example, there are domestic servants to do housework, nannies to look after babies, tutors to teach children. Have human beings become disconnected from each other that even death becomes a detached affair?

How This Town Produces No Trash

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eym10GGidQU)

Read: http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2072602/japans-zero-waste-town-so-good-recycling-it-attracting-foreign (Asian slant)

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/12/let-this-japanese-town-show-you-how-zero-waste-is-done/419706/ (American slant)

It may seem like an overkill, but the small Japanese town, with a population of just over 1,700, is on a mission to become the country’s first ‘zero-waste’ community by 2020. And, they’re almost there. According to the video, Kamikatsu already recycles about 80 percent of its trash, with the last 20 percent going into a landfill. That progress is 12 years in the making. In 2003, Kamikatsu declared its zero-waste ambition after the town gave up the practice of dumping trash into an open fire for fear of endangering both the environment and the population.

There are no garbage trucks, so each resident has to wash, sort, and bring their trash to the recycling center—which residents admit took some time getting used to. A worker oversees the sorting process at the center, making sure trash goes into the right bins. Some used items are taken to businesses to be resold or repurposed into clothing, toys, and accessories.

(Poon, 2015)

Questions:

  1. Is it important to recycle or reduce waste? Why, or why not?
  2. Would this recycling system work in your hometown? Why, or why not?
  3. In order for it to work, what must be done?
  4. What are the effects of videos like this?
  5. What are the effects of more people watching videos like this?
  6. What are the effects of more people going to Kamikatsu?