A Typhoon Flew Around the World

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Living in California, many hardly react to the idea of hurricanes. But utter the word typhoon within Asian countries and the people will shrivel up in fear. Typhoons, AKA hurricanes, are common in countries such as China, the Philippines, and Japan. With wind speeds of up to 230 miles per hour, the results can be disastrous. Homes are wrecked, trees are uprooted, and every visible object above ground in the path of the fiery storm is smashed and destroyed. Fortunately, with adequate warning, people are able to evacuate before the worst of it comes. But even so, many people are rushing to abandon homes that were once their only place of comfort and security. Even if these do get safety, their lives are turned upside down by the process of restarting a new life with basically nothing.

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Meranti, one of the strongest super typhoon headed towards China and Taiwan.

Once upon a time, during the 1950s to be exact, humans left behind their farmlands and abandoned agriculture to seek a “better” life. But not just a few families here and there, but millions of people decided to hop on the bandwagon that led them to the big cities. With that, urbanization began. With so many people searching for the opportunities that cities provide many are bound to be left behind. Similar to the people seeking shelter from typhoons, these migrant workers are in the same boat. After having lived in farms for generations on end , these people are forced to abandon their source of pride, nourishment, and home. For many of these people, traveling to California in hopes of jobs is really the set plans they have. Just like the people having to uproot from their homes in the face of a natural disaster, migrants workers are forced off their land with no way of turning back.

 

In order to seek a home for their families to live and grow, victims of typhoons are forced to travel further inland. In many cases, those living inland welcome and pity these victims, but not everyone is fortunate to find a good Samaritan. As a result, the government has to step in and donate money. But when this isn’t enough, programs such as UNICEF, Red Cross, etc. have teams of people volunteering to find ways to fund raise enough money for these victims. In all honesty, these programs can also be applied to migrant workers. By setting up more programs that encourage young adults and teens to volunteer their time towards service, there would be an overwhelming amount of help directed towards migrant workers. Whether it’s fundraising money, building homes, or taking care of children so that parents can go find jobs, everything could help these people.

 

Life would be so much simpler if people shared their wealth with others without being forced to. If we just took a couple of hours within the day to volunteer in a program, we would be contributing so much to society. Every small action counts and there’s always a time(if the time is made) to help those in need.

Play Day Soup for the Teenage Soul

“Me oi, con muon di choi va an kem!” I had just found my mom within the crowd of parents trying to snatch up their kids and now all I wanted to was to get some ice cream from the truck and go home to my friends. School had been the usual bore and today, we had practiced cursive and I was super proud of my myself for achieving the letter r. And now, I couldn’t wait to get my Popsicle shots! After walking and eating for a bit, my mom and I walked past the gate indicating my neighborhood. Up ahead, I could hear my friends starting up the game of freeze tag. Of course, I let my mom walk me to the playground before giving her a peck on the cheek and running to join the game. Today, I was determined not to be “it”.

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Seeing the Unseen: Perspectives of Slaveholders

 Despite the tragic history of African Americans and their life of enslavement, one man by the name of Frederick Douglass broke his ties to this lifestyle through certain wits and dedication. In his autobiography, he depicts his life transitioning from one white man and woman to another. Whether his owners were good or bad, each individual’s actions has molded his body and mind from the moment he was born until he was freed. And as slaves are considered “property”, how has the way each owner handled their belongings reflect on their morality as a human?

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