Comedians with immigration backgrounds.

Do you think other immigrants can recognise the challenges the two talk about being an immigrant or part of an immigrant family? Why? Why not?

Can we learn something about being an immigrant watching these shows? Explain.

Hasan and Trevor are comedians from different immigration backgrounds, Hasan was born in America while Trevor was born in south Africa. In some of their countless stand-up shows, Hasan talks about how it is to be a part of an immigrant family and Trevor talks about racism in America. Therefore, will this blog post focus on how I think immigrants would react or even relate to the challenges they talk about, and if we can learn anything from these shows.

In Hasan’s stand-up show, he mainly talk about the challenges in growing up with Indian parents. He tells us about how immigrants, especially parents, puts pressure on each other on the terms of grades and high education. He tells us about how it was hard to get a close relationship with his father because of the culture they brought with them from India. I think that other immigrants closely relates to these statements, even I can relate to the last one. It is hard to form a close relationship when they want you to, for example, focus on your grades or that they focus too much on their jobs. So, I feel that we can learn to appreciate much from their shows.

In Trevor’s show, however, he talks about new experiences and racism. He talks about how he first got to taste tacos with his best buddy, and the confusion that brought with it. Not long after he transitions into the topic: racism. He mentions his experiences and how he react to comments, and how to deal with them nicely. If there is something to take from it, it is that there is always a way to manage situations better. There is something he said that I want to bring with me; “You cannot control how others act, but you can control how you react.” .

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The letters of Eddie and Langston.

In the letters between Eddie and Langston, they are referring to an incident where two police officers opened fire on a black man. The officers apprehended the victim with a gun and panicked.

The message in the letters they wrote to each other is to stay careful. There is still racial issues in America, and they will not be gone in a while. Meanwhile, they want to fight, to stay alive and to not fear. They give each other courage and hope for a future, but also wishes they were younger to relive the happy days.

The impression I get from the letters is that the American society is disunified. There is still much to work on, and they got to start a dialogue between police officers and people of colour. It will stay a problem until one of the sides decides to do anything about it. I hope they decide soon, because many lives are at stake here.

The Kite Runner: Fiction or reality?

Escaping from one’s life is not easy, not even escaping, but fleeing while fearing for oneself and the closest to you. This blog post is going deal with some parts of the story called the kite runner. A story that shows how happiness can turn to sorrow, and back to happiness again.

When the war began, the main character Amir and his father Baba gathered up the most important items in their possession and began the process of fleeing. Baba and Amir went through a rough process when they fled Afghanistan. Not only did they had to endure the process, but they also had to experience a vital cultural change the moment they crossed borders.

Leaving Afghanistan meant finding a way out of the country. Hence, why they turned to smuggling. There was no right way to reach the united states with the use of diplomacy, but there was the illegal way of travelling across borders without official documents. They suffered through countless of days made up of fear and silence. They also experienced an attempt on rape, this made Amir recall Hassan getting raped by Assef.  “My mind flashed to that winter day six years ago. Me, peering around the corner in the alley. Kamal and Wali holding Hassan down. Assef’s buttock muscles clenching and unclenching, his hips thrusting back and forth. Some hero I had been, fretting about the kite” (pg. 107).

The culture change included an economy adjustment, Baba and Amir lived luxurious lives within their society. “Everyone agreed that my father, my Baba, had built the most beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district” (pg. 4). This is a quote where they lived a happy life without worries. To where Baba is stripped of his luxurious life and is back to the start, but Baba still works hard to give Amir the life he deserves. Six days a week, Baba pulled twelve-hour shifts pumping gas, running the register, changing oil, and washing windshields” (pg. 130).

Baba and Amir were not alone on the journey to the united nations, Rahim, an old friend of Baba went as well. He went through the same struggles as Baba faced, only he did not have a child to take care of.

Rahim tells Amir “there is a way to be good again” (pg. 177), Amir was still showing signs of regret and sorrow for his past mistakes. There is always a way to be forgiven, even if its because of human rights abuse. It matters, not because of forgiveness, but because in this example Amir needs to move forward and not break down. We have never shown complete reconciliation for past mistakes and past human rights abuses, nor will we in the future. That is the way of life, but none the less, we should try to find it in our hearts to forgive and move on. Nobody gets better by the never-ending thought of revenge and grief. To be able to forgive is a powerful trait to possess. With forgiveness there is a bright future waiting.

There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft… When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to her husband, his children’s right to their father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth… There is no act more wretched than stealing.” This quote makes me personally conflicted, both yes and no. The reason why it is true, is because Assef stole Hassan’s right to decide over his own body. At the same time rapists can steal their victims right to speak, the right to marry someone you love, the education, the right of life. The right to everything and nothing. Although, you can not view it in such manners, you can return what is stolen. Rape can never be undone, no matter the circumstances.

Assef has no morals, he has stolen his whole life. As said earlier, there is only one sin, and Assef stole Hassan’s future. Not only his future, but he removed him of his basic human rights. Including rights to choose over one’s self body.

The media is unbalanced, there is an overweight of negative news where the positive information gets washed away in a sea of pessimistic. What Assef says about Afghanistan is one of many examples of what hate crime looks like. “Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, no this Flat-Nose here. His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood. … Afghanistan for Pashtuns, I say” (pg. 38).  Why the media was mentioned earlier was because we see this attitude often in the media. However, it is not only seen in the media, but you can also find this kind of behavior in our own world-history.

Not even a century ago Hitler demonstrated his power to the world. With a dangerous ideology he tore through Europe and killed anyone who did not fit his ideals, especially the Jews. Assef wants to eradicate any threat or anyone outside the Pashtun ethnic group. This is similar in ways that would scare any sane human mind.

As Europeans we would frown upon families who has servants. It is not in our culture to obtain people to do your own chores and make food. For Baba was having Ali as his servant natural, just as for most Europeans thinks it is normal to eat with silverware. It is a norm in Afghanistan which is hard to break. Most servants never learn to write or read and live in poor conditions. Ali and Hassan were lucky enough to eat Baba’s and Amir’s leftovers and to have their own shelter. Baba says to Amir: “I grew up with Ali. My father took him in, loved him like his own son. Forty years Ali’s been with my family” (pg. 84). It runs deep into their traditions, you can recognize his love for Ali who has been there for him since he was a boy. Yet, we have a responsibility to break these norms. They give some humans the right to determine what other humans should do and it is not right. How to do so is to express their human rights globally and provide support when they need help. It is a battle which needs to start in Afghanistan and other similar countries, and we can all help by standing up for the unfortunate.

What is one of the worst health hazards in the world?

Health should never be used as a bargain, it is a basic human right. Even the UN has acknowledged the importance of good health and well-being. You can find it high on their priorities as it is listed as the 3rd sustainable development goal. They want to save the humans who dies of AIDS, reduce neonatal mortality, hinder deaths in traffic accidents as well as access to quality medicine and health-care services. These are just a few of the end goals they have in mind, and they are already on their way.

The challenges which lies ahead is how to persuade the companies, which owns the medicines and has the resources, to help. No matter what we might feel is morally right, then we still live in a world ruled by economics. Even if the BOSS of the company wants to help, then they had to consider the needs of the company itself. However, if we find a way to motivate and challenge the companies in a way that will make the companies benefit from it, then we might look at something completely different. There are many possibilities in the world and it is only a matter of time before the solution is found.

Children under the age of 15 are the most fragile part of our population, which also means we have a responsibility to take care of them. Nonetheless, you can find reports stating that more than 90% of todays children breathe toxic air, but not only that. According to WHO, world health organization, died 600’000 children under the age of 15 from acute lower respiratory infection caused by polluted air in 2016.

Children are known to breathe quicker and more rapidly than full-grown adults, this makes them vulnerable to the toxic air. The polluted air goes into the child’s body, firstly damaging the lungs, then it affects the neural development in the body as well as the motor and mental developments. As you probably know, this is not healthy for the body. That is why the UN wants to decrease the pollution levels in the world today.

Scientists all around the globe are working with this, researching how to minimize pollution as well as the death toll. There are organizations which supports private homes which chose to switch to clean cooking and technology, but there are not many which do.

The world, but especially China and other heavily industrialized countries are having more deaths caused by polluted air than others. The biggest issue these countries face is health related. It has come to the point where the citizens are wearing face masks not to be exposed to the risk induced air. This has been going on for several years, and it should not be tolerated. The hazard we place the children in are not worth the product the pollution is caused of. Nothing is worth more than our future, the children.

 

Sources:

http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/29-10-2018-more-than-90-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-children-breathe-toxic-air-every-day

http://www.who.int/

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/health/

International day within a Norwegian school system.

On Wednesday, 31st of October the world celebrated International day. Our school decided to use this day to introduce us to different cultures and some of our own student’s backgrounds.

This became 4 hours made up of powerful and inspiring speeches, an eyeopener of some sorts. They told us how their journey through countless days, the days they had to flee their own countries, afraid of war and its consequences. They told us about situations we can not even begin imagining happening here, we are lucky. Lucky to have been born in a hostile free environment, an environment where we have free-speech and laws against discrimination.

I have seen the difference a war can make, how it tears down structures. Both social and material alike. There is no winner in war, only losers and losses. No matter how much you “win”, it is not winning. Not as long as one body falls to the ground by one of the conflicts’ doing.

War craves blood, and it has no satiety. To end a war, one must be compassionate and humble. You need to be able to understand while also make demands.

The situations I heard about made me feel lucky and happy about what country I live in. To know that war will not happen or that our democracy will not turn to dictatorship. However, it makes me want to fight for them, it makes me want to stand up and fight for their rights! It is important to inform others about the wrongs of the world. The 31st of October has truly been a day of awakening, knowledge is power. Knowledge of the world’s problems will solve the savage wars all around the globe. Knowledge is the answer.

Hunger is increasing, hunger does not belong in this world.

This is the reality of our world, hunger is a huge problem which is on the rise. According to concern worldwide and Welthungerhilfe Yemen has the highest hunger percentage in the world. I will clarify why Yemen has this problem and how it would be solved.

Yemen is located on the southwestern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, sharing a border with Oman and Saudi Arabia. The republic of Yemen has a population of 29 million inhabitants, mostly women and children. Yemen does not give equal rights to women and there are severely breaches in protocol. Yemen imports 80% of their food, this means the prices are already sky-high. The underclass of Yemen is struggling to attain food, and so does the middle class. Because of the war the prices of food increased since it got harder to transport the merchandise.

Since Saudi Arabia is making blockades and bombs Yemen, the question is who is really getting in the harm’s way? It is not the Houthis, which is a group of rebels, but it is the innocent citizens of Yemen. They are rapidly losing jobs and can not care for their families anymore. There is no safety in the villages, nor the supplies for a human’s basic needs.

We need to end the conflict, especially the military’s part in it. There is a need for outer intervention to put a stop to this. They need to shift their focus from power to the people and help them survive. Without a people, what is a country? Nothing will function without a people to manage it; and 2.7 million children are undernourished. The youngest of every population, rich or poor: are the future. That is the truth and the reigning powers in this dispute should take a step back and think. If not, this will not end happily.

 

Sources:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/is-yemen-intentional-starvation-the-future-of-war

Girls’ rising isn’t rising, it has risen before us.

This is a film the male proportion of the world should watch, not only because they are a huge part of the problem. Rather because they could help us solve it. Girls’ rising is a film title directed by Richard E. Robbins, and it was produced in the hopes of awareness and to help those in need. The film includes nine authentic stories from nine different girls from each corner of the world. However, the actors you see might not be the real girls. Some of them had to be replaced for the sake of their own safety.

After watching the film, the popular catchphrase made more sense. If you have not seen the film, then the catchphrase I am talking about is “one girl with courage is a revolution”. Before I watched Girls’ rising, it was strange to read. One girl? What can one girl do when a whole world will not come together and make a pact of peace and concord? Even so, the film proved my mind wrong. It is possible, a girl can change and challenge the limits of our society. It has opened my eyes to so much more than how girls should be emerged into education by the fact that everything is possible if you want it to change. On the other hand, if one girl with courage is a revolution, what does courage mean? Does it imply that the girls are superheroes and have unbelievable strength or does it mean that they are strong individuals with the passion to change their lives? Maybe it does not imply any of the descriptions I have listed, or maybe it implies to them all… you can decide for yourself after reading this.

Courage is by definition: to be able to go against something you fear, but in my opinion, it also has something to do with your soul. If you can be able to put yourself as the latter and stand up for the less fortune, then you are filled with courage. It is something basic, maybe even primal. It does not necessarily mean that you need to stand up to someone or something you are afraid of. It is like the fight or flee response, you do not know your reaction before the situation occurs. It has never been easy to know, and it will never be, it is a part of who we are as humans. Each of these girls are filled to the brim with courage, and with courage there comes hope. Hope for a better world, and they made their world better.

 

 

Humans are complex and complicated, we are made up by atoms, but we still have feelings. Even if girls’ rising is not pure journalism or fiction, does not mean it does not convey the feelings and the meaning behind the scenes. Every action and every word uttered in the movie is the truth many young women from developing nations are facing. I lost myself to their stories, not because they were tragical or sad. I was rather pulled in by the fierceness and courage they represented. Some of these women dared to show their faces and names to the public. Even though they know they may get negative consequences later, they pull through. Not all of them had the same effect on me. Mariama for example, she was a radio host who helped callers to solve their problems. Her story was not epic, she believed in herself and in the help she gave others. She was different from the others in some way I can not describe, but she changed my view of young working women. While watching some of the stories I could not connect as well as others, but it is foremost hard to look at them all and not think they are victims of multiple horrendous acts of human beings.

Suma is a girl from Nepal. Her tale embraces the hardship of being indentured at an early age, her struggles to be sold between different masters and her journey to freedom. Suma was nine years old when she was first sold. Her parents had a low income, they could not support Suma with their wages. By selling their child, they would earn money enough to survive. Suma however were treated cruelly by her masters, which made singing a safe retreat. A teacher convinced her master to let her educate Suma. Now she is free of all slavelabour and is currently a peer counselor to help girls overcome traumas like she once experienced. This might be the story which made me feel the most involved and gave me the best impression. The fact that her parents sold her for money is hard to envision. To visualize how it would have been for me is absurd, on the verge of preposterous. I just can not visualize it. Her story brings sadness as well as cheerfulness, sadness as the story goes through her dark past, but cheerfulness as she passes on to her educational future. She is a role model for young girls who suffer, but also to the girls who does not. She gives us hope for a bright future.

These are nine girls, all over the globe, who have started revolutions. Some big, some small. It does not matter how small it was, it started with a girl’s act of courage after being enslaved, forced and/or being under poverty. These are not modest violations of law, neither national or international. These nine girls have shown us and opened up to us more than we could ever ask of a person. After all they have been through, they still do not see themselves as victims. I can see why, they were the lucky ones. The victims are still out there. The women who are raped, enslaved, forced or persuaded to do any kind of actions the master of the household wants, are these victims. The women we have seen have been saved, not from the memories, but from the actions. They are fighting the battle from the outside and are now trying to save those in need. Along with the fact of myself being the “victim” of an autoimmune disease makes me relate in a curious way. I can relate with the fact that I do not see myself as a victim, rather a fighter. I fight against my body every day in every shape or form I can, and I am winning. These nine girls are on their way to victory as well. They are strong and independent women who possess courage, that is all that matters.

I, who have seen this movie, knew on beforehand the issues these countries possess. It is hard to see time after time the hardship these girls go through from childhood until womanhood. If an ignorant person would watch this movie it would be difficult for the viewer to watch. We, or at least me, live as a member of the developed world which has almost none of the problems that are faced in the film. Teenagers from our part of the world will never know how it would be to live in an arranged marriage or forced to be a slave. Any of the hundreds of feelings humans have been endowed could fill the person watching this film for the first time. It might feel unexpectedly known, or it might feel surrealistic. The shock this film might dispense to the person watching can be massive, it has the ability to open the eyes of many. It already has, U.N. launched a month-long global awareness campaign after the film was released. There is not many that live in the ignorance we were faced with previously. We are better at awareness and understanding the issues around the world.

The world has changed substantially since year 2000, the awareness we have to date in comparison of then, is breathtaking. We have taken the issues we had and still have into our education to teach our youth what they should never do, and how they can avoid historical disasters. If you think of the total change since the movie came out, then there has been a good increase of girls in education in most developing countries.

The nine girls who once were in awful surroundings, are now the girls living in a better environment. Sokha has been invited to speak at an International Women’s Day Conference in New York. Wadley is in school and is loving it. Suma is also in school and is exploring future possibilities, including vocational or medical assistant training. Yasmin has not been in contact with Plan international since she was 13 years old, but at the time she was engaged, and her mother would not let her go to school. Azmera aspires to attend Addis Ababa University and become a teacher and a community leader who works against child marriage. Ruksana is still in school and is excelling in mathematics and geography, even though she lives on the street, her life looks bright. Senna and her family managed to move off the mountain and Senna continued going to school. She recently stood up at a meeting with local officials to demand better sanitation for her old school. Mariama passed her final exams not long ago and is going to university soon. Amina can not be in contact with the organization since it could endanger both her life, and the progress done in Afghanistan.

If you have not seen this film you should, it is filled with wonderful moments of hope and joy, even after disasters. It is truly something amazing. From the strong impression of Suma to the hopeful tale of Wadley, they have managed to make a quality documentary film to feature the challenges of developing nations. Courage is inside everyone, to make use of it you need to look deep and face it. It is important to not look at people who has faced difficulties as victims, but rather as fighters and survivors. Not as someone to needs to be taken care of or to be sheltered. We need to help these women and let their youth know the wonderful aspects of being young and free. They need to be informed of their possible choices in life, not pushed down into submission where they will not use their capacity or ability in other fields that needs them. This film has not only changed the lives of nine young girls, but they have helped several others in the community to get better lives. Again, if you still have not watched the movie I would suggest you watch it right away. No matter how old you are or what gender you have. It has the power to change lives, yours included.

Sources:

Girls’ rising. Dir. Richard E. Robbins. The documentary group and Vulcan productions.

“Girls’ Rising.” Girl Rising, girlrising.org/.