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UNIVERISTY OF HOUSTON LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CENTER FALL 2007 Director’s Message By Joy Tesh closing of the university, and we wanted to offer presenters together to the Galveston field trip explore best practices in in its place. 3) The field the field of English as a trip was carefully timed Second Language and to so that LCC teachers exchange information could attend the Texas and ideas for practical State Convention of use in our classrooms. Teachers of English as a The Language and Second Language Culture Center was well (TexTESOL) while their represented at this On Friday, October 26, conference with Highlights: LCC students traveled to students were engaged in a meaningful and excellent teacher Galveston, Texas, to attendance and with worthwhile activity. The Scholarship Recipients 3 visit Moody Gardens important professional and enjoy a program- convention was in Galveston and began on presentations. I attended Cultural Adjustment 6-7 wide field trip on a truly every LCC teacher’s beautiful fall day. This the same day as the field trip, so we were all presentation and came Life Events 12-13 trip was planned for away feeling inspired and several reasons: 1) enjoying the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast on the assured that our teachers Culture Festival 18-20 Students always enjoy a are among the best in trip to Moody Gardens. same amazing day. our field. They certainly Holidays 21-22 2) We were very sorry The TexTESOL are interested in their that our first planned Convention brought own professional Language and Travel 24-26 field trip was canceled teachers, authors, development and in because of an emergency publishers, and bringing back to you, our Dave’s Page 32-33 VOICES Page 2 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE CONTINUED students, current research and attended presentations, from 43 countries in our proven strategies related to workshops, and U.S. State vibrant and growing program. teaching English as a Second Department updates. Dave and We are working hard to make Language. I were fortunate to be invited sure we give you the best Fall is the season for to be on the program, and Sam program possible. LCC conferences, and in early received important training in teachers, counselors, November, the LCC was again F-1 student regulations. We administrators, and I hope you well represented at the NAFSA have been busy. have had great experiences in Association of International your classes and on campus. Staying current in the field of We wish you the best as you Educators’ Conference in teaching and advising Austin, Texas. This particular complete the fall term of 2007, international students is and we look forward to seeing conference brought together essential in an intensive educators and counselors from many of you again as you English program. I am happy return in January for spring, NAFSA Region III, which to report that ongoing includes Texas, Louisiana, 2008, in the Language and professional development is Culture Center. Arkansas, and Oklahoma. clearly important to those who Dave Burns, International make up the professional and Student Counselor, Sam Long, administrative staff of the Program Assistant in the Language and Culture Center. counselor’s office, and I This fall, we have 315 students Auta Maria Silva Campos, Taegil Kim, Paweenoot Chaiyases, and Bagdat Konopyanov Receive LCC Scholarships By Sandy Hartmann, Associate Director The Language and Culture Center level three and four for giving [this] awards several scholarships each term learning English is very important to my wonderful opportunity to me. I am glad to returning students who best combine future and my baby’s future.” She added, to be part of the LCC.” academic excellence and leadership with “I consider LCC teachers and classmates international awareness and cross- as part of my family in the U.S. Thank cultural understanding. One full you very much.” scholarship honors Joyce Merrill Valdes, the founder and first director of the Language and Culture Center. A Taegil Kim was second full scholarship honors Joseph awarded the O. Davidson, who served as director of Davidson the LCC for 22 years before retiring in scholarship. February of 2006. These two After completing scholarships cover the cost of tuition, study at the LCC fees, and medical insurance for one this term, Mr. term of study in the Intensive English Kim plans to Program. In addition to the Valdes and finish his Davidson scholarships, the LCC awards bachelor’s merit scholarships of $1500 each for degree in one term of study in the Intensive economics in his home country of Bagdat Konopyanov was also a English Program. At the summer South Korea and recipient of a merit scholarship. Mr. graduation ceremony on Thursday, subsequently will return to the University Konopyanov, a student in level three, is August 9, 2007, the LCC awarded the of Houston for a master’s degree. An from Kazakhstan and his native language Valdes scholarship to Auta Maria Silva LCC student for three terms, he is is Russian. His chosen field is petroleum Campos, the Davidson scholarship to currently in level five. He said of his engineering and he plans to study a Taegil Kim, and the two merit time in the program, “I tried to be an master’s degree at UH. He commented scholarships to Paweenoot Chaiyases active participant in my class and that receiving the scholarship was an and Bagdat Konopyanov. participate in all kinds of events at the exciting event in his life. He added, “I LCC; moreover, I got along with a lot of have learned a lot of new things. I have friends. It’s very important not only [for made friends from all over the world. learning] English, but also [for] The LCC provides not only an intensive Auta Maria friendship.” English program; it provides a way of Silva life.” Campos was awarded the Paweenoot Valdes Chaiyases We congratulate Auta Maria Silva scholarship. was a recipient Campos, Taegil Kim, Paweenoot Ms. Campos, of a merit Chaiyases, and Bagdat Konopyanov who is scholarship. on their outstanding records in the studying in Ms. Chaiyases Intensive English Program at the level four, is is from Language and Culture Center, and we from Brazil Thailand and wish them great success as they continue and her native language is Portuguese. is currently to study in the United States. We all look She has been a student at the LCC for studying in forward to learning who will be the next two terms. After she completes her level four. She LCC scholarship recipients at the fall study of English, she plans to pursue a intends to graduation ceremony. Ph.D. in accounting. When asked pursue a about her reaction upon receiving the master’s degree in hotel and restaurant scholarship, she remarked, “I was very management at UH. She said, “Thank surprised and extremely happy when my you so much [to] everyone in the LCC name was announced. I believe especially my teachers and my friends in VOICES Page 4 Retirement of Paul Lussky By Joy Tesh The Language and Culture Center announces the retirement of Mr. Paul Lussky, famous teacher in the Intensive English Program and Program Manager of Testing and Placement. Mr. Lussky began teaching in the LCC in the fall of 1979. He was a much-loved friend, teacher, and colleague in the LCC for twenty-eight years. Paul Lussky was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, and lived and worked in many parts of the world, including Point Comfort, Texas; Perth, Australia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Gainesville, Florida; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He visited and lived in more than twenty-two countries before and during his career in the LCC but chose to call Houston home. Educated in the United States, Mr. Lussky received his B.A. degree in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. His work toward that degree provided him a working knowledge of Chinese. He later received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Florida. Shortly after receiving his master’s degree, he began his illustrious career as a teacher in the Language and Culture Center. I once asked Mr. Lussky why he chose to teach in the Language and Culture Center. He answered: “I like teaching. It’s fun. It’s the right combination of excitement and routine. I like what I do and I like whom I do it with. I don’t mind getting up on a Monday morning and going to work. How many people can say that about their jobs?” As Mr. Lussky said at his retirement party, “It’s been a great ride.” We will miss seeing him every day, but we are happy to announce that he has just agreed to serve as a substitute teacher in the LCC, and, therefore, students will continue to benefit from his talent and experience as one of the world’s great teachers of English as a Second Language. We will call him back often. We congratulate Paul Lussky on his retirement, and we thank him for his many good years of teaching and testing and placing students in the Language and Culture Center. All of his friends, colleagues, and students wish him a happy retirement and a happy life. Artwork by Maria Grzegorzewska, 5A Artwork by Omar Alshammeri, 4C Page 5 FALL 2007 Peruvian Cuisine By Alvaro Samiento, 5C Peru is a country considered to have one of the tastiest and most varied cuisines in the world. Its cuisine has been influenced by the immigrants who arrived in Peru during the twentieth century. They established many styles and traditions from four different continents. The Peruvian cuisine has more than 3000 types of dishes that come from the three regions Peru has. First, we can find the coastal cuisine, where the most famous dishes are those with seafood. The most popular is called “ceviche,” made with slices of raw fish, onions, lemon, chili, sweet potato, and corn. Another one is the “tiradito” that is a mix of “ceviche” and the Japanese dish “sashimi.” Furthermore, the national drink, pisco, which is a brandy and a derivate of the grape, comes from this region. Second, the Andean cuisine, located in the mountains, is known because of its hot dishes. The basic ingredients are potatoes, tomatoes, corn, chili and different types of meat. Meals like “pachamanca” and the “anticuchos” are some of the most important from the area. Finally, there is the Amazonian food, which is prepared with products native to the region like vegetables and hundreds of kinds of fruit. The most representative fruit Peru has from the rainforest is called “Lucuma,” and the typical dishes are “tacacho” and “jaune.” In short, the richness of the Peruvian cuisine could be attributed to two basic factors: the uniqueness of the Peruvian geography and the mix of races and cultures. Peruvian cuisine has been very appealing for a long time because of its colorful dishes and innovation. The Judo Champion By Maria Grzegorzewska, 5A He is the master of Judo, Yerbolat (Eric) Nazarbekov. Since Eric left his country, Kazakhstan, he has been studying English in the Language and Culture Center at the Unviersity of Houston. He took part in many competitions in Texas although he has been here only one year. He fought in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and College Station, winning first place in one competition after another. Eric’s career didn’t start here in America. He has been training eight years now. His interest in this type of wrestling began at the age of thirteen. His father suggested Eric and his brothers practice marital arts. In Kazakhstan, Eric trained for two hours a day nearly every day and also attended competitions. He also competed all over Europe— in Poland, Germany, Holland and the Ukraine. He attended the World Cup in 2006 in Moscow. He also fought in Shanghai, China. In addition to Judo, Eric does Sambo, a type of unarmed combat, and Jiu-Jitsu. It is not rare for athletes to get hurt. Eric, too, had an injury in 2003. That’s why he had to take a break for half a year. Afterwards, he decided to continue his career. He won approximately twenty-five first place medals in Kazakhstan and in the United States, he has won seven first place medals. Here in Texas, Eric plans to study Finance after he finishes his hard work of learning a second language. VOICES Page 6 Cultural Adjustment Thoughts on Life in Instead of doing nothing, I’ve new culture and find both America found that reading or listening to good things and bad things. some music or even trying to When I can stop trying to By Nina Tsai, 6A make changes and accept the finish the homework is a good Tick tick tick! Tick tick tick! alternative for avoiding the bad differences, I can begin the Tick tick tick! Stop yelling at situation I described before. integration into the new me! I know that is time to culture. For those who miss their native wake up! But let me lie down Now I have lived here for country, I would offer this just a little bit more… seven months, and I feel advice: look at the sun. It’s still I stood up, looked around me there, right? Look at the clouds comfortable because I have a as if I had come from planet and the blue sky; they brighten lot of things to do, I have Mars. I was in my bedroom, in your day. But if you still want to found good friends, and I am my apartment, located in express yourself, go ahead; expecting my first baby. I’m Houston, Texas. I am in the someone will listen to you. Don’t sure I will keep on trying to United States. I am not in be disconnected from the world reach acceptance and France anymore; I am not in around you, though, or you’ll go integration. my native country anymore; I crazy. Do some activities, such as am not in the bedroom I used playing sports, reading, or to have since I was little. I am watching movies. Make the most Language, Religion, and away from my country, a of it! Go see the world! Time foreigner in America. By Chen Cai, 4D Do you know that feeling that My experience with cultural Culture Shock tells you that you should have adjustment is one that has not stayed where you were and not By Auta Maria Campos, 4C ended. Adjustment depends on come here? This country I have been living in Houston experience and not time. I am doesn’t “belong” to me, which since March of this year. My first still experiencing many things makes me feel uncomfortable, week here I was in the that teach me about American wherever I am, whatever I do, honeymoon stage because culture. whenever it is. Of course, I everything, people and buildings, Language is a big part of stay in touch with my friends was different and beautiful. I was culture. Since I am still learning from home, but I don’t have delighted with my new city and English, the cycle of language the same feeling I could have if country. However, after this is still growing. American I were there. Phone calls, e- period, I felt homesick, isolation, English is very different from mails, letters, and instant and sometimes I cried because I what I learned in China. messages are okay, but I miss missed my family, my friends and being with them and talking my job. It’s hard for a person Religion is another part of face-to-face. I especially miss who is accustomed to working American culture that I am my mother’s kindness, her and always has her mind on getting familiar with. People go affection, her talks, her business to stop and change to church every week and I am cooking, and her presence. everything to live and study in a still learning about my religion. I’m not ill-treated here, I’m not new country. The way Americans view time miserable, and I don’t hate this I think the isolation is connected is another part of my cultural place. It’s just that sometimes I with culture shock because after adjustment. Being on time is felt suffocated; I don’t feel like the honeymoon, I began to important, but I am used to myself. recognize the differences being late. But what is this breakdown between the two cultures and In conclusion, cultural leading up to? Feeling worse compare them. When people adjustment is something and worse every day. Who compare two cultures the first everyone experiences. I am still wants to feel sadness every time, they think their culture is learning about language, day? No one, I guess. So, let’s better than the new culture. religion, and time. The be a little more optimistic! Sometimes people spend a long experiences I have will help me time trying to understand the understand. Page 7 FALL 2007 My Cultural Adjustment I was living there. I lived by am a challenger and I can myself because he and his wife tolerate some difficulties in By Zafar Yilmaz, 4C were working all day. I didn’t order to accomplish great When I decided to come to the go anywhere, and I didn’t see things. USA, I knew some difficulties any area in Houston. We went out just on the weekends with “A person who can not tolerate were waiting for me. There are small difficulties can never a lot of different things such as my uncle’s family. When my school started, my problem accomplish great things.” language, culture, and lifestyle —Chinese proverb between Turkey and the USA. decreased. I met new people So, when I came to the USA that came from all over the on September 1, my cultural world. adjustment cycle started, and it My lessons began and I started hasn’t finished yet. At first, I to study English. I have to wanted to adapt to the new improve my English because I environment. want to get a master’s degree in The weather is very hot and the USA. Now, I am living in humid in Houston, so I had to an apartment on campus. I use get used to the climate. In my some areas of the campus with country, Turkey, I have never my classmates. For example, seen hot weather such as we go to the recreation center Houston’s weather. two or three times a week. I have an exciting time there. When I first arrived, I stayed at my uncle’s house for two On the other hand, some days weeks before my school I feel bad and tired. The started. I was very bored while cultural adjustment cycle is difficult for me. Nevertheless, I VOICES Page 8 Cultural Influences Latin American Influences Moreover, food has a big a monarchy with a hierarchical on American Culture impact on American culture. social class division. By Paola Contecha, 5A Latin American food is part of Colonialism brought what we One of the main characteristics the diet of U.S. citizens. For felt to be a kind of oppression, of the United States is the example, there are more than and left as its heritage the diversity of cultures. It is the eight hundred Mexican Republic, a democracy with country with the most restaurants just in the Houston some confusing human rights immigrants in the world. Latin area. Americans add and tendencies, as well as Americans are the largest ingredients to their recipes, like equality between sexes, which group of immigrants in the tortillas and jalapeños. In this is still difficult for some to United States. This fast- culinary exchange, Tex-Mex swallow. growing population has been food was born. It took quite a long time to impacting American culture in In addition to language and accept this chaos as our own many ways, especially in the food, art is another area with a customs, as bigger waves of areas of language, food, and huge influence from the Latin- revolution attached to our art. American culture. The culture. It began with the First of all, most of the Latin contribution from Latin- foundation of modern American countries speak American immigrants can be education, where we could Spanish. Many Hispanic observed in music, painting, discover other forms of immigrants want their kids to and dance. The audience for learning and new subjects like learn English in the school and Latin-American music has mathematics, biology, and at the same time keep their been increasing through the astronomy. This was drastically native language. In many states years; nowadays, the market different from our traditional Hispanics are a large for Latin music is so big that school where boys were percentage of the population; there is a Latin version of the educated by fathers and girls therefore, the schools have to Grammy Awards. used to stay home with the offer bilingual education. mothers to learn women’s In short, Latin-American virtues. These new schools Several TV channels offer culture is part of the landscape programming and affected our ancient concepts of life in the United States. of the world and natural advertisements in Spanish to U.S. citizens can very easily catch the attention of these phenomena. I remember when enjoy a Mexican I was once explaining to my groups of immigrants. enchilada while listening to grandfather that the earth turns Shakira in the heart of around the sun by itself, he just Washington D.C. looked at me, laughed, and said, “All I know is that my Cultural Influences on Mali window has always faced the south.” By Abdoul Macalou, 5A We discovered music in the Mali, my country, has been a finest way. As a result, we no junction of different cultures longer need our griots, our and civilizations, as have most famous storytellers who used African countries, due to to sing our pride and praises in colonialism. Therefore, it’s not public places and who have surprising to see all the entertained centuries of sociopolitical, cultural, and generations with their even religious changes that my traditional drums, guitars, and country has been subject to. the big kora with its twenty- Since the times of empires and one strings. Nowadays, we all kingdoms, Mali has had a very live to the rhythm of Michael well organized social and Jackson, Madonna, 2Pac, political structure. It used to be James Brown, and so on. Page 9 FALL 2007 Along with the fury of music people can absorb other computers to be more came TV, the cinema, fashion, cultures easily, especially by compact. That pushes Thai celebrities, and so on. Today, going on the Internet and people to get extra accessories we do not listen to the stories watching movies. Even though to install, such as headsets, our ancestors used to tell us by we have been exposed to many microphones, and webcams. the fire each harvest. Instead, foreign cultures, American Also, there are a lot of new we all dream about the culture has been the major imported cell phones which scenarios made in Hollywood cultural influence on Thai have radios, cameras and the and our new names are James culture in many respects. Internet. All of those options Bond, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, attract Thai people to buy and Angelina Jolie. First of all, American culture unnecessary items. Many influences Thai fashion, advertisements use American Another major aspect of my especially amongst teenagers. cars to present high technology country that has undergone In the past, Thai teenagers to support busy lifestyles. enormous change is religion. used to dress modestly by Thus, these items were brought Animism, our first faith, has wearing long pants and neat to Thailand to sell to died under the weight of clothes to show respect. These businesspeople. In addition, Eastern and Western religions, days, however, they are braver some of these businesspeople especially Islam and and show up in shorts and tank try to fit everything in the same Christianity. This can be seen tops and see-through clothing place by installing a TV, DVD even in our names. For as Americans can do, which player, CD player, computer, example, my father’s name is sometimes doesn’t look telephone, and an eating table Idriss, a Muslim name. appropriate in public. Also, in the car. However, if our previous many Thai teenagers now use religion, animism, had been modern accessories such as big Finally, American culture practiced, his name would have sunglasses, long necklaces, affects the eating style of Thai been N’Golo since he was the diamond earrings, tons of people. Whereas Thai people first child of his father. bracelets, and ankle chains, in traditionally ate more fresh addition to wearing what we fruits and vegetables, they now To conclude, let’s just say that consider to be crazy hairstyles. eat fast food, such as there’s always a big chance for For Thai teenagers, showing McDonald’s and KFC, a lot African countries to have an how high-class and rich they more than before. So, it takes open window on several are can make them fit in with less time for Thai people to cultures, but no culture is their friends easily. Therefore, associate while they are eating. perfect. We should take an teenagers in Thailand today try Nowadays, Thai people go out opportunity to live our modest to have expensive for dinner more often than culture, not to give it up. It’s merchandise, which is they have dinner at home. really sad to see how fast we imported from America. For Also, they eat meat more than are going, and I wonder... to example, there are Louis vegetables and herbs. which destination? Vuitton bags, Guy Laroche pouch, Coach shoes, Levi’s In conclusion, American jeans, and Abercrombie T- culture has greatly influenced The Influences of American shirts. These items serve as Thai fashion, technology and Culture on Thai Culture status symbols. eating habits. It may encourage or discourage Thai culture in By Kanokkarn (Kate) Furthermore, American culture the future. However, Thai Yodpummarin , 5B also encourages Thai people to people should do their best to Thailand is located in use more technology. Before, preserve their original Thai Southeast Asia. It has been Thai officers usually used culture so new generations can established for many years and papers to record data, draw know and respect it. has never been colonized by pictures, and write letters. any country. That makes Nowadays, they use computers Thailand unique. However, to do everything. Moreover, through globalization, Thai America keeps updating VOICES Page 10 The Evoluction of thunder, Bochica, the protector influenced by another country, Colombian Culture god, and Bachue, the farming so it is very interesting to think By Nestor Sanchez, 5B god. These beliefs changed in how our own cultures in the Before the European conquest, the sixteenth century when the future might influence other the territory today known as Spanish priests came to cultures. Colombia was occupied by evangelize and plant a new indigenous peoples. These religion that was called Cultural Influences Between groups of people had their Christianity. After that, the Korea and Japan own languages, religious Indians began to follow the By Min Su Kim, 5B beliefs, and customs. new beliefs and started being Colombian Indians kept their monotheistic. Due to their Korean people usually say that traditions for thousands of great efforts, the Spanish were Japan is the nearest country. It years with small variations. The able to establish a new religion could also be the furthest most significant changes in in ancient Colombia that to country because even though their culture began when the this day remains the most both countries are Spanish took control of the of common religion in that geographically close, they have the Indians’ territories. As a region. difficulty being friendly to each result, the ancient traditions other since the cultural Another aspect that was interchange between Korea were influenced by different absorbed into Colombian and Japan is still difficult. The cultures, which came culture was architecture. In the Korean government is principally from Western early fifteenth century the reluctant to be too friendly Europe, and in some cases, architecture in Colombia was because of the historical radically changed their culture very simple. With the passing problem that Korea was a and way of life. of the years and thanks to the Japanese colony before. Even The first aspect affected by influence of Western European so, the two countries cannot another culture was the countries, the architecture in avoid influencing each other. language. The original Colombia has been improving. Those influences are especially inhabitants in the Colombian For example, architecture from evident in fashion, territory were organized in the seventeenth century is clear entertainment, and martial arts. groups with different dialects. proof of the influence of Some examples of these Spain, reflected in many One influence is fashion. It is dialects are Witoto, Piapoco, churches. Moreover, in the difficult for people to Chibchan, Buglere and nineteenth century, understand the meaning of Caribian. As a consequence of architecture was influenced by shaggy cut, wolf cut, or the Spanish conquest, a new Greek, Roman and minimal shaggy cut, except for language was imposed during Renaissance art that could be the Japanese and Koreans. the colonial period. As a result, created due to great skilled Those cutting skills, which most of the indigenous groups artisans. Throughout the were invented by the Japanese, began speaking Spanish as a twentieth century, modern are the most popular hair styles first language; therefore, architecture was evidence of among Koreans. The cutting ancient languages and dialects the influence of Europe and styles usually require whiskers died out very quickly. In brief, also North America, reflected and side hair, and have layers. the Spanish achieved not just in modern buildings and big They usually make the hair influencing the language, but suburban houses. So far, spiky with hair wax. If you did imposing a new one. architecture in Colombia has not know the names of the evolved in an interesting way, styles when you had your hair Besides changing their own thanks to the interaction with cut in Korea, you could still language, the Indians’ religious many cultures. find them easily because every beliefs were also heavily Korean beauty shop has influenced by the Spanish. For The influence of diverse Japanese hair magazines. several centuries before the cultures can have positive and Moreover, many famous Spanish came to America, negative effects; therefore, it Korean beauty shops have indigenous people had had a depends on how the country advertised that they have hair polytheistic culture. Hence, can manage these influences to stylists who have studied in they believed in many gods: its own benefit. Many aspects Thomagata, the god of the of the culture can be Page 11 FALL 2007 Japan. Another example of started to make Japanese wild taking off in Korea, Japan was fashion influence would be with enthusiasm. After this being influenced, and they now clothes. Even though the drama showed up in Japan, have PC-bangs everywhere. Koreans’ style of clothes, such many Japanese productions as wearing jeans, polo shirts, have tried to make soap operas Martial arts are also an and even shoes has been with Korean productions or important part of culture for influenced by America, their Korean actors. both countries. Tae-kwon-do is styles have relied more heavily a symbol of Korean martial on Japanese styles. For Karaoke is a good example of arts. Even though it is less example, if American people Japan’s influence on Korean famous than karate, which is a wanted to buy Levi’s jeans, entertainment. Everyone Japanese martial art, tae-kwon- which is the most famous jeans knows karaoke was invented do is one of the Olympic in America, in Korea, they by Japan. Koreans really like sports. However, many people would not find the same design karaoke. Whenever Korean who know tae-kwon-do and as in America; furthermore, people meet together, going to karate are confused about what they would not make sense of karaoke is the best choice the difference is. Actually, they the N3BP series, Atlantis before they return home. are similar, for tae-kwon-do series, or Engineered jeans However, Korean karaoke is a was adapted from karate. series. Korean people also little bit different from People may be surprised to might not find those series of Japanese. There are two types know that karate was started by jeans in America. Those jeans of karaoke in Korea. One is a Korean whose name was are designed in Japan and can called “karaoke.” It means Baedal Choi. Thus, that is why be found in Asian shops. The “pub” and can be sung with a these two martial arts are so reason is that Asians prefer real band and is in a place similar to each other. Another specific colors, and their where people can drink example is kendo, which uses figures are also different from alcohol; therefore, only adults swords. Korean the Americans. Therefore, can go there. Another is called swordsmanship is different Levi’s gave Japan the authority “nole-bang.” Their system is from Japanese. Even so, to design Asian versions. That the same as the original Korean kendo uses Japanese means although they are the karaoke, but people cannot swords and follows Japanese same brand, their designs have drink alcohol there, and kendo rules in competitions. been independent from the teenagers also can attend. Therefore, Korean families or Even though these two original company. Hence, countries have had many whether Koreans like it or not, teenagers usually go to the nole -bang. problems, this evidence shows their styles have been that they have influenced each influenced by Japan. This The last example of other. If Korea and Japan situation is true not only with entertainment is PC-bang figured out their problems, Levi’s, but also with many which was founded by they would influence each global clothes companies such Koreans. PC-bang is a kind of other even more. On the other as Tommy, Puma, and Adidas. café which has high speed hand, if Korea and Japan Another influence is internet or networking games; continue to influence each entertainment. Actually, Korea their purpose is to use the other so much, it might help has interchanged media internet and the computer, not them figure out their problems. officially with Japan for just a to eat. Teenagers usually go to No one can predict which will few years; even so, the Korean PC-bang and play networking happen first. However, one media, especially comedy games. PC-bang helps the thing that is true is that Japan shows, have been adopted by game industry advance because is not the furthest country for Japan for a long time, even they make an environment Korea anymore because they though it has sometimes where enjoying networking have already started to created a controversy in Korea games is easy. As a result, even influence each other and thus because they are copied or Japanese or American game embrace each other’s cultures. imitated. Korean soap operas companies always test their are very famous in Asia now, games in Korea, and Korea is including Japan. For example, usually ranked in the top ten in Winter Sonata, which is one of any game network game the Korean soap operas, ranking. While PC-bangs were VOICES Page 12 Life Events A New Life Start sound that the new baby made. knew that she was getting By Hadi AlHokash, 5C I was very happy, and I worse, I hoped and prayed that couldn’t wait to see him. After she would win her battle It was 10:00 at night when my his father came to the hospital, against this horrible disease. neighbor, who was nine- he held me as a brother, and he Nevertheless, her condition months pregnant, came said he appreciated what I did. quickly worsened and she knocking frantically at my front Finally, the father decided to became paralyzed because the door yesterday. I heard her name the new baby Hadi after cancer had spread to her brain. screaming and crying. As fast me. I was touched by that. I as I could, I hurried to open I will always remember that will remember that day always. moment when I was told that the door. I saw her in a horrible situation. She looked the doctors could not do very tired, and she couldn’t anything more; there were no Saying Goodbye to Helena stand on her feet. I held her other available treatments. We By Susanna Hornlund, 6A know that life is fragile and and asked what happened. She didn’t answer but she pointed October is starting to be well that someone close to us could to her abdomen. I understood recognized all over the world one day not be there anymore, what she wanted to tell me. I as “Pink Ribbon Month” as a but knowing that those days took her to my car and drove way to raise awareness about can be counted and that it is a to the hospital as fast as I breast cancer. In my country matter of days or weeks is could. the pink ribbon campaign was impossible to grasp. launched by my dear friend On Thursday, July 28 I went to In the hospital many people and colleague, Helena. the hospital to see Helena, were waiting in the emergency room. I saw a nurse who took Neither one of us could at that hoping that it would not be our information about new time imagine that Helena last goodbye. How can you say patients. I ran to her and asked herself would later be goodbye to someone knowing her to help my neighbor. She diagnosed with breast cancer in it is for the last time? But gave me permission to go to an September 2005. We knew that Helena was ready to leave her operating room. In that the survival rate is high, life on earth and two days later moment, my neighbor held my especially when discovered she left us, and we miss her hand, and she told me to listen early, so during our every day. to her carefully. I was shocked conversations and moments of because of the way that she crying, we stayed positive. She Would You Risk Your Life talked to me. would win this battle. She was to Achieve Your Goal? young with two small children She said, “If I die, could you and a husband, so she had to By Haneoul Kang, 6A tell my husband and my son win. She always said, “I have Would you risk your life to that I love them?” cancer but the cancer does not achieve your goal? When I I didn’t answer her question, have me.” came to Houston, I did. but she held my hand again. The treatment went well and In January 2006, I was going to “Promise me you will do it,” she went back to work happy study in Vancouver. After my she said, with tears falling to be feeling better again after plane had been flying from down from her eyes. a long and difficult treatment, Korea for a few hours, I felt “I promise you I will do it,” I just shortly before finding out uncomfortable breathing in told her. I tried to let her know the cancer had metastasized and out, as if the air in the that everything was going to be and was very aggressive. plane did not have any okay. She went to the During her fight for life that humidity. The plane was flying operating room, but her words included chemotherapy and over the Pacific Ocean, and I were still in my head. radiation for a year and a half, suffered from the condition After three hours, I heard a she always kept her beautiful until we landed at the airport. new sound. It was a very smile, her laugh and her A month later, I needed to beautiful sound. It was the first amazing joy for life. Although I board a plane to return to Page 13 FALL 2007 Korea. I had forgotten how challenge that was testing my Housework uncomfortable I had been on will. Preparing myself for this Triplets my last trip, but I had to go By Georgiy Golovko, 5C ordeal, I felt brave, so I trusted By Ana Lucia Rueda Ardila, 5C through it again. I felt my myself to endure the flight on I hate to do housework. I don’t throat and airway were like the the airplane. Fortunately, the think that only women should do One of my aunt’s friends from earth during a drought. I could symptoms never occurred. it or that I don’t need a clean Bolivia couldn’t have babies not breathe well. The condition apartment and dishes. I just because she has endometriosis. continued, and I was afraid I learned the importance of don’t like doing it. Every time I All the doctors told her it was that I could die. trusting myself through this do housework, I feel like I waste impossible. But she didn’t give event. This decision is one of my time. I can help with it, but up and decided to have in-vitro As soon as I arrived home, I the best ones I have ever made. told my father about my not do or be responsible to do it. fertilization. It was a success, I was a timid rabbit, but now I On the other hand, I have one and she got pregnant with symptoms. He said, “Perhaps have survived this. It gives me you experienced a lack of thing that I like very much: triplets. It was a very difficult the courage that I can do cooking. I’ve been cooking since pregnancy. A few months after oxygen. If you had adapted to anything I want. the atmospheric pressure in the I was eleven years old and she got pregnant, she couldn’t plane, you could have breathed continue to do it now. walk, and it was very difficult comfortably.” To solve the for her to move. However, How I Resolved My I live with my girlfriend, and we eight months later, she gave problem, I would need some Conflict With My Brother are trying to share housework portable oxygen canisters when birth to three beautiful babies: responsibilities. My “throne two boys and one girl. Their I went to Houston. On the day By Awa Dosso, 5C room” is the kitchen. I am of departure, I was ready with names are Cesar, Isabela, and Recently, I have had a violent responsible for cleaning the Benjamin. the canisters, but the airline discussion with my brother, dishes, filling the fridge, and would not let me board the who became angry with me. cooking. I think that all these I met them last week. It was the plane with my new life support To resolve this embarrassing things are related. I can make a first time I had seen a newborn. system. So my parents and I problem, I undertook three tasty dish only if I have the right It was great, and they were very met the flight attendant and actions. First, I explained this ingredients. Also, I can make a little. Because they were discussed the problem. He told situation to my mother and good meal only if I have clean premature, they were put in an me not to worry about it. “We asked her to discuss it with my instruments for preparation. incubator and have to stay there have already prepared brother in order to calm him They should be completely clean. until they gain more weight. emergency oxygen bottles, so if down. Second, as I didn’t want The cooking itself is a very you need them, we have them This story shows me that not to be confronted by him while complicated process. You cannot everything is impossible for you.” I was assured that the he was still angry, I called him just get vegetables and make attendant’s comforting words although sometimes you might three days after our discussion something from a recipe. When think it’s the end. When you meant that everything would occurred and spoke with him you cook something, even an be fine. fight and try really hard to get about many subjects other than ordinary dinner, you should put what you want, you can get it. However, I faced another our problem. In fact, I soul into your meal. I try to Now I know that everything is problem. I had to transfer to proceeded in this way because remember something very possible, if you persevere to another airline in Tokyo, and I knew that if he were still pleasant while I am cooking a make your dreams come true. the second carrier hadn’t made angry, he would shorten our meal. A good mood in cooking is the same preparations for me, discussion. Finally, when I was as important as the spices and so they said I could choose to aware that my brother wasn’t sauces you put in. go back to Korea or board the as angry with me as he had The kind of meal you consume is plane as I had originally been, I called him again and very important. The more good planned. To be frank, I was decided to speak openly about meals you prepare in a good afraid of having the same our problem. As a result, each mood, the happier people problem again, but I did not of us has been able to express around you will be. want to give up because what he feels and to break the studying English in the United wall of misunderstanding that States was one of the best had occurred. My brother’s chances I had to change my life anger towards me has been for the better. I was tense until ended, thanks to this three-step the time of boarding again but method that I used to gain even though I was bothered by forgiveness. my symptoms, I was determined to tolerate them. I thought this was a kind of VOICES Page 14 What are some of Marriage Advice the factors that Until Death Do They Part other, conversation brings each other, having lead to a life-long By Da Hye Kim, 6C about reasonable and logical conversations often, and being points of view. They’re able to a companion in any marriage? Level 6 Have you ever seen the movie understand the situations, circumstance—people can The Notebook? This movie reasons, and results through acquire a successful long- students pondered starts with a beautiful and conversation. Of course, lasting pinkish marriage peaceful sunset full of bright sometimes they raise their through their lives. this question. red colors. It is about an old voices expressing how they couple. An old lady has felt. Even these moments, Here are some of dementia. She likes to spend however, can help them to Trust and Communication time with an old man who express their inner feelings. By Aline Nzenze 6C their thoughts. always visits her to read a love Just talking to their spouse and Marriage today does not have story. In fact, the story was expressing their thought the same connotation as in the their love story. Even though frankly can be a solution for past. Every woman wants to she can’t remember any single many people. Moreover, with get married with the first man moment they spent together these conversations, they can that they think they love. As a happily, he and she like to have a chance to know more result, we are confronted with share time together every day. about each other. an epidemic of divorce. It is What makes people like them difficult to find a couple who love each other so faithfully for The third thing that leads to a has already spent more than a long time? How could they successful life-long marriage is ten years together. In fact, maintain the bright pinkish being a companion in any most of those couples who are love “until death do they part”? circumstance. The truth that very excited at the beginning someone is behind me to tend to be less enthusiastic The first factor for maintaining support me and to hold my after two or three years. Both a long-lasting marriage is, of hand as I need them can make wife and husband have to work course, love. The word “love” people more comfortable and for a long-lasting marriage. has various meanings. more confident They have to love and trust Intimacy, faithfulness, respect, psychologically. If the person each other. and trust can be some of the standing behind me is my examples. Loving your spouse spouse, that will be First of all, to be married is a with faithfulness and trust wonderful—the person I very important decision. The forms the basis of a good married, have spent most of couple has to be sure about relationship between two my time with, and who also what they really need or want. people. Spending time with knows me better than anyone “Love” is the principal factor their spouse with intimacy and else in the world. Even in the in a marriage. In fact, this true feeling makes them feel hardest time and the saddest strong feeling will help couples closer even though they don’t time, people can have strength to find a solution to any utter any sweet words. These to face the world bravely and problems they confront. Most attitudes toward their life- confidently with the truth that couples who make a quick lasting partners can lead to they have a good companion decision to divorce are not in maintaining the long-lasting and advisor who will be with love. They think they love each marriage. them all the time. Sharing time other in the beginning, but together, being with them they realize afterwards that it The second important point was a mistake, a simple for the ever-lasting marriage is anytime, holding their hand firmly, and supporting them by attraction. conversation. People can have different points of view; hence, giving a simple comment like, Also, the husband and wife that results in a fight “I know you can do it. I’ll be have to trust each other and be sometimes. However, solving with you.” Simple advice can totally open. Of course the key problems with conversation build a strong foundation of word is “communication.” can be a good solution. Instead wonderful ever-lasting They need to talk to know each of yelling, nagging, and marriage. other in detail. Indeed, it has to throwing something at each With these factors—loving be natural, not forced. The result of communication is Page 15 FALL 2007 trust. When a husband and his marriage. Respect and Freedom A Strong Foundation wife build this strong Yu Jin Chang 6C In short, a good marriage will By Javier Cardona 6C relationship like best friends, it Respecting each other builds a last long if you know each is always a very good thing. foundation for a long-lasting Marriage is like a house. other very well before getting Nowadays, in a lot of marriage. It seems to be easy, Consequently, we should married and you treat each magazines, women complain but it might be the most spend a lot of time on its other well in the marriage. The about the fact that their difficult to do. For example, foundation. If we do a good important reason to try to husbands don’t listen or even many families in my country job, we will enjoy a long-lasting make a marriage work again is talk to them. As a result, we think that wives should marriage. Nevertheless, even if the children. Make the right can easily see that not having support their husbands and the we have a strong foundation, choice of who to marry. A lot communication is one of the traditions and rules of the we should not forget to take of people don’t have a choice causes of divorce. husband’s family. If a wife care of the house. Once in a at all. Finally, a boring relationship does not want to accept her while, the house will need can also lead to divorce. The new role and does everything paint, a new picture on a wall, a couple needs to have fun to The Importance of like before, the wife, the new plant with flowers in its give their union something Patience husband, and his family may be yard. Many of the troubles exciting. Trips and gifts are in trouble. It might result in that modern couples may be By Agustin Velasco 6C divorce. However, some facing are a result of the always welcome in a marriage. In the beginning of a Another factor, once you are couples and their families think couple’s laziness. After the relationship, excitement is very already married, is patience. they are all equally, important, marriage ceremony, a sense of common, but couples, old or We need to understand that and they should respect each a finished product may easily young, don’t have to lose this men and women are other. As a result, when they flourish. Consequently, the feeling. In fact, a good point is completely different, and you have different opinions and couple may become engaged in that the relationship can be as can try hard to understand thoughts, they listen to each a financial race, forgetting the new as in the first days. your wife or husband, but in other and discuss together most important thing. their some cases you will never be what decision will be better for spiritual needs. Getting married is an able to understand your them. important decision to make. A spouse. In those moments, you lot of couples do not know the Second, a little freedom should just be patient and produces a happier marriage. real importance of this act, so understand that you both love today we see a big number of People think that after getting each other but are different. married they have to do marriages end in divorce. Communication, harmony and In my opinion, the most everything together, but fun are necessary to build important factor is to never sometimes people need time and strengthen a relationship. argue about more than one for themselves, not for family problem at the same time. and children. Men might want When you have a discussion to enjoy time with their How Not to Do It about the dishes, just do that, friends, and women might and don’t bring to the want to join some clubs to By Maxim Overdijk 6C discussion the dirty clothes, or learn for themselves or to Another factor in a good your mother-in -aw, or how volunteer for others. Couples marriage is how you treat each your parents did it. By reducing could enjoy time together, but other. When one of the two the topics of the argument, you if their preferences are people feels a lot of pressure, will be able to reduce the time different, they could follow he or she might want to get out of the fight and minimize the them separately. They should of the relationship. In some hurt feelings. let their spouses spend and cases, abuse is a factor in the enjoy their own time. Then Being successful in a relationship that also leads to a they could share experiences relationship is not easy at all. It long-lasting marriage, but in a that they have gotten. requires a lot of everyday work, very negative way. One of the but the benefits are huge: two people in the relationship someone will love you forever is often scared to leave the and be with you the rest of other person. This is not a your life. good kind of long-lasting VOICES Page 16 Values My Three Top Values Important Values government. Unlike older By Webabe Mantoro, 1A women, young women today By Bruno Togo, 2A cannot have a good job unless In the life of each person there I think that men and women they have graduated from a are some values that he tries to are about the same and can do famous university and follow in any situation. The the same jobs because in mastered English. Some of values that I consider most several countries of the world, them even go abroad to important are tolerance, women do the same jobs as acquire further education honesty, and courage. First, I men. This is a time of because of the competitive job like tolerance because I think emancipation. For example, market. that without tolerance, we Liberia, in northwest Africa, Second, the type of dress that cannot build anything good in has a female president. There the last two generations like is society. An intolerant person are many police officers who different. For example, in the will live alone because he won’t are women in my country, summer, older women like to seek to understand other Burkina Faso. wear a top with sleeves because people and will fight with I also think that a busy life is it is believed that women who everybody. The second value I good because laziness is not expose too much skin are not respect is honesty. Without good. If you are busy, you can decent. For the same reason, honesty, everybody will live in earn money and help yourself they only wear long skirts. lies. Everyone must speak the or others. For example, now However, young women prefer truth and not say bad things we are students in order to wearing sleeveless shirts and about other people without have good jobs one day. A miniskirts or jeans to be more proof. The last value I respect busy life will help us to move fashionable. is courage. I very much admire forward, to meet new people, people who are courageous. Third, the entertainment the and to learn about other Courage helps people to not be two generations prefer is cultures. afraid and to accomplish great different. Playing cards at things. Also, courage helps you home and having dinner in a to not give up when you fail. A Women’s Roles in Two restaurant are common famous person said, “It is easy Generations activities for older women. to fall down, but it is difficult By Zichen (Yama) Zhang, 6A They do not like to stay out to stand up afterwards.” late because this is offensive to Because China is a fast- decent Chinese women. For me, these values are most developing country, many However, young women prefer important, but all other values shifts having occurred in playing computer games and like goodness or loyalty that Chinese people’s lives. going to the pub at night. It is help people to live well are not Women’s roles in the last two quite popular for young people less important. generations differed in terms to stay out late. of education, dress, and entertainment. The differences in women’s roles we see between the last First, women from the last two two generations have led to generations have received arguments between mothers different educations. The and daughters; they cannot women in my mother’s day understand each other as a usually graduated from high result of growing up in school and they could get a different environments and good job easily. If they could receiving different educations. use basic English, they could To avoid family dissension, work in high positions. A few mothers should acquire new of them had the opportunity to ideas as fast as their children study in the university if they do, and the young should not were outstanding, and most of forget traditions left by their them could work for the ancestors. Page 17 FALL 2007 Students explored Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. VOICES Page 18 Students and teachers sampled international cuisine at the Fall 2007 Culture Festival. Page 19 FALL 2007 VOICES Page 20 Students showed off their dance moves at the Culture Festival. Page 21 FALL 2007 Holidays Tabaski is a great holiday. It generally which is the fifteenth day of dumplings for breakfast. Some takes place one week after the the New Year. The celebration of the dumplings have coins in By Ahmed Sylla, 2A of Spring Festival continues to them. Those who eat the birth of a child. On this day, Tabaski is a great event in the early in the morning at six that day from several days dumplings with coins will be Muslim community and is o’clock, everybody meets at before the first day of the New wealthy for the whole year celebrated three months after the new parents’ house for the Year. because the fifth day is the Eid Mubarak. This event naming ceremony. Killing a birthday of the Chinese god of Before the first day, people buy consists of making a sacrifice sheep for this occasion has wealth. new clothes and prepare for God, especially the sacrifice become a tradition in traditional New Year’s foods. Finally, on the fifteenth day of of a sheep. Before the day Bamako. Women use this All of this is to get ready for the New Year, people eat arrives, people feel nervous meat to prepare the holiday the coming celebration. On the “Tangyuan,”a kind of sticky and overwhelmed because they food. Young men also have a day before the New Year, rice ball. At night, everyone want to plan a big party at barbecue with this meat. people clean their houses. It is walks to the street carrying a home. They start shopping While women are cooking believed that the cleaning will lighted lantern. The fifteenth about two weeks before the “zameh,” the usual holiday sweep away the bad luck and day, which is celebrated as event. Tabaski is like Christmas food, men play cards, drink get their home ready for good Lantern Festival, marks the because the children receive tea, and discuss sports. Zameh luck. Then they decorate doors end of Spring Festival. gifts. When I was a child, I is cooked with rice, onions, and windows with paper with loved this party because I knew and lamb. After eating at Chinese phrases. Finally, they that my mother had bought me noon, everyone drinks many have dumplings for dinner, a present. kinds of drinks like cola, beer, which they believe can bring On the day of Tabaski, and “dolo,” a traditional beer more fortune. everybody is busy. Early in the made from millet. At about On the first day of the year, morning, Muslims go to the 3:00 p.m. women wash the people wear new clothes to mosque. When they come back dishes before changing into signify a new year. After home, they eat some food but their beautiful African clothes breakfast, which is also the special meal is at 2:00 p.m. for dancing to the sounds of dumplings, Chinese families While the men drink tea and drums and tom-toms. After begin to visit their neighbors wait, the women take a long women finish dancing, they until lunch. A married man time in the kitchen. give gifts to the new mother. should take his own family to These gifts can be bars of his parents’ house to have We typically eat lamb on Tabaski. There are many ways soap, money, or clothes for lunch, which often includes a to cook lamb. My mother likes the baby or the new mother. whole fish, a whole chicken, In Mali all holidays are noodles, and other meats or Chuseok of Korea to cook a spicy lamb sauce with rice or “attieke,” an celebrated with a lot of vegetables. The whole fish is to By Keum Bi No, 3B African food. She also cooks a enjoyment. represent abundance, the Chuseok is a big holiday in famous grilled lamb with chicken is to represent Korea. Koreans celebrate this french fries. It’s my favorite prosperity, and the noodles, How to Celebrate Spring day in fall. It usually starts at dish. which should be uncut, are to Festival in China the end of September, and represent long life. Tabaski is an interesting they get together with their By Fei Gao On the second day of the year, holiday because we eat and talk family. They share traditional together with our entire family Spring Festival, which means a married woman must take food, which is called song- at our grandparents’ house. But Chinese New Year, is the most her own family to visit her pyun; it is made from rice the following day, everybody important of the traditional birth parents and have lunch cake. Also, they do an original has a stomachache and no one Chinese holidays. Everyone in there. After lunch, people pray dance that is called kanggang goes to work. China holds the opinion that to their ancestors and all the suwolle. They dance holding Spring Festival is the most gods. Then, from the third day each others’ hands and turn important time of the whole to the fourteenth day, people around with singing. Thanks Naming Ceremony in Mali year. The festival begins on the in China visit their relatives, as to this holiday, they can have a first day of the New Year on well as their friends, to bless chance to be with their family. By Bruno Togo, 2A each other. On the fifth day, the Chinese calendar and ends In Mali, the naming ceremony with the Lantern Festival, people once again have VOICES Page 22 El Dia De Los Muertos By Jorge Alberto Bernal Velazquez, 3B Grandmother cook the many El Dia De Los Muertos is a special day delicious dishes of chicken, pork, in Mexico. It starts on October 31st and seafood, and vegetables. The it finishes on November 2nd, and we traditional dishes for this holiday celebrate it to honor friends and are more special than our everyday families. According to the tradition, the meals. In the evening, our spirits return to their families, and enjoy Favorite Holiday grandparents call everyone to eat things they liked during their life— for together and to say good wishes to By Ya-Ching Chu, 2A each other. Everyone enjoys a example, bread, wine, and other special foods. Many families construct shrines Chinese New Year’s Eve is a very fantastic meal. After the meal, our in their homes and decorate them with important day for all Taiwanese and it grandparents give their flowers, photographs, and candles. is my favorite holiday. When this day grandchildren red envelopes filled Mexican families have a big party on arrives, people leave their homes and with a cash gift. Grandchildren this day. go back to their grandparents’ home. who are married or working do not Naturally, my parents take me, my get a red envelope. Although I am brother, and sister to our a student now, I won’t get a red grandparents’ house. When we get envelope this year because I will be there, everyone is very busy. Someone in the USA and will miss my family is cleaning the house. Someone is on this holiday. On the day after preparing food in the kitchen. Chinese New Year’s Eve, when Children are playing cards and games, everyone is out walking on the watching TV, or singing songs. My streets, people say, “Happy New mother and I go to the kitchen to help Year” to each other. Autobiopoems By Maria Poggioli, 4C By Changwon Choi, 4C Tam Luu Maria Changwon Enthusiastic, generous, energetic, faithful. Friendly, happy, outgoing, kind. Diligent, smiling, positive, passion- Brother of a kind, elder brother. ate Sister of two brothers. Lover of tasting delicious dishes from other countries, Husband of Youjung improving my physical fitness by doing exercises, and Lover of family, Venezuela, and love. Lover of Jesus, soccer, dreams decorating my house on special holidays. Who feels happy when she shares with Who will feel happy when he passes Who feels happy when his mother cooks for him , her friends, sad when she is far from her the TOEFL, feels angry in heavy romantic when someone gives him a warm hug, opti- family. traffic, and felt sad when his father mistic when he helps others. died Who needs chicken soup to get more motivation in Who needs peace for her country, all the family together , and a boy friend. Who needs love, encouragement, a life, a true hand to help him overcome barriers at work, good TOEFL score and a simple meal to fight hunger. Who fears being lonely, not to be reach Who fears flashes of lighting, be- Who fears facing challenges and difficulties, revealing her goals, defeat. coming lazy, failing anything bad secrets, someone who is competition. Who gives love, happiness and good Who gives love, hope, the Gospel Who gives an economics book and a law book to a moments to her family and friends. friend to start her business, gives her a red rose to get Who would like to see his son, good Who would like to learn English very movies, unification in his country along well again after arguing, and money to charity to well, reach success, and find a good love. help orphans get well-educated. Resident of apartment in Houston Who would like to see the moon in mid-autumn, white Resident of Valencia,Venezuela. Choi snow in winter, flowers blooming in spring. Poggioli Resident of Vietnam. Pham Page 23 FALL 2007 How to Charm a Woman first element is to be true and telling a lot of jokes but rather I applied for scholarships and remain the same because your makes situations less dramatic, listened to lectures. When I By Awa Dosso, 5C real personality will come up proves that you understand had free time, I joined Women are anything but a sooner or later. her, and shows that you are so associations with my friends long and very calm river that is open-minded that you can turn and exercised in the gym. always predictable. Charming a As soon as you start up the yourself into an object of Those college years provided woman is sometimes so conversation and begin to derision if needed. wonderful memories. When I complex that people used to speak with confidence to the graduated, I found a job. I claim that seduction is an art. woman you have decided to Shortly, seduction is so acquired more skills and A man looking for a long-term charm, the next step is to have complex that it is difficult to professional knowledge at the relationship should own all the a good conversation and gently know and master all its rules. company. Furthermore, I rules of this art. However, it is put forward with humor your No miracle solution exists to saved some money because I not always easy to challenge a positive aspects without guarantee total success when wanted to experience foreign woman’s glance and introduce bragging about yourself. In charming a woman. However, life and to learn to speak yourself for a conversation that fact, even if you are shy, it with a lot of patience and the English well. Now those will lead later to scheduling a should be interesting to talk combination of these three dreams have come true. I am rendezvous. So, is there a with you because you must be techniques, the path to the an international student miracle solution to charming a able to captivate her attention. seduction of your ideal woman enjoying a new life. After one woman? It would be erroneous For this second step, be is well-mapped and you will be or two years, I might go back to believe that there is an attractive, caring, interesting, likely to obtain the woman’s to my country and get married. unfailing method to charm a and show your interest in her. phone number and to be I expect that I will have a woman; however, there is a Women’s most boring first- scheduled for another date happy, fun-filled life with a series of three techniques that date conversation occurs with without too much difficulty! wonderful wife. can facilitate this process that men who feel paralyzed by fear seems so difficult, especially and can’t carry on an for novices. interesting conversation. My Life Moreover, try to know more First of all, always feel about her so that you can have By Cheng Yi Chang, 2A confident and tell the truth clues about what she likes or I was born in the countryside when you want to charm a dislikes, and you can direct of Taiwan. When I was a child, woman. Indeed, women love your conversation accordingly I had many friends who always men who feel serene, by showing that you are played with me. During this confident, and relaxed because interested in the same things time, I began to learn how to that reassures them. It is and that you have many things read, swim, and so on. I had a important to get rid of your in common. happy childhood. When I was entire complex and feel at ease young, I was intrigued by both in your mind and in your Finally, never forget to make a everything and I wanted to try body. So, even if you don’t woman laugh at a first it all. I had a capacity for have the body of Brad Pitt or conversation! Don’t learning well and doing the sex appeal of Richard Gere, underestimate the power of everything effectively. When be positive and feel blessed humor because it allows you to teachers told me I was very about what nature gave you. break the barriers and make smart, I believed that I could The secret is to be what you people feel at ease. Indeed, get better scores and would used to be without trying to do women easily remember graduate from high school. too much or denaturalize your someone who makes them During high school, I studied personality. It is certain that at laugh during a conversation. hard the whole day and night least one woman on this earth Using humor to transmit the because I wanted to enter a will be interested in you and message that you are under the great college. I wanted to will want to know you for what charm of a woman is more attend institutions of higher you are and not for what you likely to be accepted like a education. Finally, I was pretend to be. As a result, keep compliment than being very successful and got into a good in mind that seduction is a formal in such a situation. In university where I majored in matter of real life, so when you addition, making a woman material engineering and decide to charm a woman, the laugh doesn’t always mean studied about lithium batteries. VOICES Page 24 Language and Travel Urumqi city, which is a big city tzin shii. I looked at his face Do You Want to Dye? and good for shopping. I like and he understood that I didn’t By Rana Ibrahim, 4B Urumqi city because there are a understand even one word of Not knowing a language can lot of places to bargain, trading what he had said. Then he took sometimes cause problems in centers, and restaurants. My the menu and showed me communicating. Two months trip was not only about pictures of meals that I could ago, I faced a very relaxing, but also about buying order. I put my finger on one embarrassing situation when I some things my relatives and of them, which looked very was in a big store trying to buy me. Prices in Urumqi are much good in the picture, and then a suitable hair product because lower, especially for things like he asked me about size, and I had finally decided to change computers or televisions, than then explained it with his my hair color. While I was in my country. So I had a list hands. So finally I got my meal. there, a woman was standing of what to buy, and it was long. There a lot of problems if you next to me. She asked me, “Do To shop I had to communicate don’t know language, but at you want to dye?” Actually, she with the sellers, so this was a the same time solving these startled me, for I thought that huge problem because most of problems is really funny. she was asking me whether I them speak only Chinese, and a wanted to die or not. I got very small percentage of really scared and upset. people speak English or Different Dialects I thought that she was odd or Russian. I bought some items from English speakers, but By Kun-Long (Karen) Zhang, maybe a crazy person. My fear 4A pushed me to run away from their English was so bad that I that store. The next day while I had to ask them twice to A lot of different languages was in my class, our teacher understand them. Then I exist in the world. Also, we started talking about her hair realized that if I wanted do to have a lot of very different color and how many times she my shopping faster, I had to dialects in China; some dialects had changed it. When she was speak to people who spoke have almost the same talking, she mentioned the only Chinese! It was really pronunciation but the words word “dye,” which I later on funny. We were saying words and the meanings are realized means “change the to each other, but we couldn’t completely different. color.” After my class was understand each other. Then I Therefore, not knowing these over, I returned to the same tried to speak with my hands; I languages can cause problem in store for the same reason, but mean, I was using my hands as communicating. the difference was that it was signs. I showed one salesman a Ten years ago, I took a combined with a new word, TV and then took piece of business trip to Guangzhou. which was so important to me paper and drew him the dollar Their dialect is hard to to start a conversation with a sign ($), and then he took his understand for a tourist. nice lady at the same store. She calculator and typed me the Fortunately, I could was also looking for a suitable price, but I knew that in this understand and speak a little hair color when I asked her, city I had to bargain, so I took bit. One day, I rode on the bus. “Do you want to dye?” Later his calculator and typed the The bus was full of people. on, that lady became one of my price that I wanted. After a few Suddenly, the bus stopped and best friends and has helped me minutes we had a deal, which then I heard a woman exclaim, a lot to communicate with was profitable to both of us. “Don’t touch me!” in the people. When I was in China, I was Guangdong dialect. not only shopping, but also I A man’s voice responded, “I was trying Chinese cuisine. don’t love you!” in Mandarin. Shopping in a Foreign One day I entered some What had happened? I caught Language restaurant and sat on a seat; sight of the woman and man. By Alimzhan Shalbayev, 4A then a waiter came and asked They stood body-to-body, no me in Chinese if I wanted to more room in the bus for Last summer holiday I was in order something to eat. What I them, for anybody. The man China. I’d been visiting heard was like this: Kuan tchi couldn’t stand up well when Page 25 FALL 2007 the bus suddenly stopped, so weekend. But later, I was so me, “Do you have American told us about. He said, “One he had to catch the woman to embarrassed because when I Express?” day I went to a store to buy avoid falling. had asked my host mom, I had chicken and I didn’t know said, “Can I sleep with my I said, “Yes, we do. How many what chicken was in Russian, “Don’t touch me! I told you!” friend?” do you want. Three?” I so I started acting like a the woman said angrily. thought she was asking about chicken by moving my hands “I really don’t love you!” he When my host mom heard espresso (the coffee), and they replied. Most people on the and making sounds like a that, she was suddenly started laughing. bus began laugh. The chicken until they understood confused and shocked. So she pronunciation of “touch” in In fact, not only people who what I needed.” asked me back immediately the Guangdong language is move make mistakes, but also “Who is your friend? Where do Everybody makes mistakes almost the same as the visitors. I heard from my you know him from?” and and it’s not a big problem, pronunciation of “love” in friend a story about a guy who “How can you know him?” but the problem is if we don’t Mandarin. The man didn’t went for a vacation and many, many questions. I learn from our mistakes. understand the meaning. somewhere. At the airport, the tried to explain it to her for a This shows how not knowing a police asked him, “What are long time. Finally, I understood language can cause problems in you doing here?” that I used the wrong word. I communicating. Sometimes, it should have used “sleep over” The guy answered, “I’m a also can make a create a funny instead of “sleep with.” I terrorist.” He wanted to say, situation. almost made my host mom “I’m a tourist,” and the police misunderstand and get mad at got scared and called the other me. But the most important policemen, and they arrested The Wrong Word thing is it made me so the guy and held him for two By Paeenoot (Becky) embarrassed that I will days until they found that it Chaiyases , 4A remember this phrase until I was a misunderstanding. die. There are many problems in It’s easier to go to another communicating if you don’t country if you know about it know the language pretty well. and a little bit about its It can make you confused and Learning a New Language language, but what about the make you misunderstand. So By Alan Nimeh, 4B people who travel to a new language is the most important country and they never heard thing for foreigners and Using and learning a new even a little of that language? students who desire to study language is not easy. It may That is what happened to a abroad. cause many problems in friend of mine who is from communicating with native I am going to tell you a true Syria when he traveled to speakers. People who move to story that happened to me Russia to study. When he went another country should be when I was in Longmont, back to Syria for a visit, he told careful how they use the Colorado as an au pair. The us how many mistakes he had language. While they are first time I went there, I was made. He said, “One day I learning, they make many startled and nervous because I went with a friend of mine to mistakes, especially when they had never stayed far away from the store and we took a taxi; hear one thing and understand home like this before. when we got inside the taxi, something else. Moreover, I was homesick the taxi driver asked us to close because I had to stay with an For example, when I came the door. We said yes because American host family that had here, I had a job as a waiter, we didn’t do anything because a different culture and different and as we all know, the waiter’s we didn’t understand what he language. Therefore, I needed job is communicating with was saying. The taxi driver someone to talk to. There was people, so I made a lot of asked us three times to close another Thai au pair who lived funny mistakes. One of these the door and we answered yes. in my neighborhood. I decided mistakes was that one day I After that, the taxi driver got to ask my host mom for had a table with three angry and threw us out of the permission to sleep over at my customers. After they finished taxi.” Thai friend‘s house on a their lunch, the woman asked Here’s another story my friend VOICES Page 26 Traveling in Turkey When I was walking on the street I found who are very rich, but they cannot speak By Dong Wook (Henry) Kim, 5C some used Korean buses and cars. The English. Therefore, some of them have buses had not changed appearance, and I problems when they go overseas. Three Have you ever been to another country? I often found Korean letters on the bus. years ago, my uncle traveled to Singapore. took a journey to Turkey with my father After traveling in Ankara, we moved back When he met the security guards at the when I was eighteen years old. Even though to Istanbul, and then my father and I went airport, he had trouble because he only it was not my first journey in my life, the trip to Istanbul’s downtown, which was the knew a little bit of English. He answered made me excited and also at that time it was most developed place in the city, and we “yes” to all of their questions although he near my birthday, so I considered the trip a watched belly dancing. If I have a chance didn’t understand them. Unfortunately, birthday gift from my parents. During the to go on a trip overseas I would like to they asked him whether he had drugs and traveling days I had to be absent from take a trip to Turkey again. wine. After that, he had to stay in the jail school and my friends envied me. Before about twenty-four hours before the traveling to Turkey, my father and I studied Vietnamese embassy in Singapore helped about Turkey; the country’s religion is Islam. “Yes” to Everything him. My friend was also denied when he Turkey is one of the big marble production By Bich Huynh (Vivian), 4B went to the American consulate to ask for countries, and in this country people rarely an F1-Visa. When they asked him “Do find Christians. Not knowing a language can cause you want to stay in the United States?” he problems in communicating. confused “stay” with “study,” so he On the first day of my trip, we went to Istanbul. That city was cool. I mean I have On a beautiful day, a lady cat and her son answered “yes.” never seen a scene like that before because it walked in the garden which was near her Nowadays, there are more and more was my first time to see a mosque, which is a home. Suddenly, a dog appeared, and he people who realize the role of studying Muslim meeting place. Then Father and I ate wanted to fight with the lady cat. The language especially the role of English. I kebab, which is an old and popular young cat was scared, because the dog was cannot study anything in the United States traditional Turkish food. The second day, we gigantic. However, the lady cat was really if I don’t study English. Moreover, I moved to Kamuckale; it used to be one of smart, so that she fought against the dog cannot get good jobs in the future without the Roman Empire cities and has an old spa. using the dog’s language. Finally, the dog English. The spa place was covered with white. I ran away until he heard the barking of don’t know why, but it was beautiful. The another dog. If the cat hadn’t known how third day we went to Turkey’s capital city, to use the dog’s language, she couldn’t Ankara. On that day Father and I woke up have scared the dog. This was the first earlier than on the others because we wanted story that my teacher told me when I to walk around the city in the early morning. began to study English. Knowing a Father and I went out at around six, but still language is very important in the city was dark. My father told me Ankara communicating. seemed like a back-in-the-80s Korean scene. In my country, there are a lot of people Page 27 FALL 2007 Student advice Choosing a Major the future. My first LCC experience started addition, according to the news, with bad results. The Michigan but also generates disagreements By Pedro Zendejas, 5C In conclusion, students who are test, which is used for placement between husband and wife. In going to study a major need to Students face some problems in levels of English classes, placed some research, it has been think before they choose it. when they want to choose their me at level two for my first proven that many people waste This action can change their major. They have to think semester in the LCC. I was a great amount of time watching lives for good or bad. The about three factors: types of embarrassed because I thought I this particular object. major is the thing that you’re schools available, personal was stupid. However, the LCC going to use to earn money for As you can guess, this enemy is interests and skills, and future teachers taught English to me in a the rest of your life. called television, and I, job opportunities. kind and friendly way. They did not make me feel that I was stupid. particularly, do not have much There are a lot of schools or My Journey to Level Six time to watch it. Nonetheless, I academies in every country, do have a husband and son who both public and private. By Kei Ishii, 6A My LCC Experience love to watch it. Therefore, I Students have to check the Have you thought that English is By Chun-Hsiu (Hugo) Ting, 6A have concerns because this costs of each school and the difficult or that it is hard to object interferes with my son’s I have been at the LCC for a year. majors they offer. Moreover, master? I am going to graduate time. For example, he wants to When coming on the first day, I universities always have a from LCC at the end of this do his homework with the TV was nervous. My quiet and shy limited number of students that semester. However, I have had on, which seems strange personality led me to worry that can enroll, In fact, schools give many difficulties learning because he says he is able to making new friends and adapting applications and some tests English during my whole LCC concentrate better. Of course, I to new places might be difficult. before students can get into the experience . do not believe him, and despite However, friendly and funny school. The reputation of the his excuses, I turn it off and sit After I graduated from a teachers and classmates proved school is very important with him to do his assignments. university in Japan in 2005, I had that I should not have worried too because companies are paying On the other hand, my to decide what I was going to do much. Even though we have special attention to that; when husband’s behavior is not much for a living. One day, one of my different backgrounds, such as our you are interviewed by different from my son’s, for the friends from the university countries, culture, age, or someone from a company, one first thing he does when he invited me to go a conference education, conflict between of the first things that they read arrives home is turn on the TV that was offered by a world- students has not happened is what school you graduated (of course, after he kisses me). famous sports company. When I because most of the students from. He reaches for the remote went to the conference, I was respect other cultures. Each student has different skills control and not only starts surprised because presenters The LCC takes trips to San changing the channels and personal interests. Some from the company were using Antonio, Sea World, and constantly but also records students have the ability to only English even though they Galveston with old and new movies at the same time. create or paint things, and were doing the conference in classmates. These activities have Sometimes we get into others have the ability to sing. Japan. Everyone spoke English, helped me discover my classmates’ arguments, but then I just Some of them are not good including the Japanese. When I real side that I couldn’t see in class. ignore the situation and move with mathematics or chemistry. asked one of the Japanese In addition, at the Culture Festival, away to do something else. That means they have to know representatives how often she students can enjoy food from if they choose chemistry as a spoke English, she answered that Recently, I decided I would different countries. I have created major, they will have a lot of she used it at every conference rather be a friend of the enemy many happy memories since I problems with some and that she speaks English than be against it because I love came to the LCC. assignments. Some people just every day at the company even my family and like to spend time keep their dreams and follow though it is located in Japan. She with them. Furthermore, I also The Enemy in the House them; they don’t have problems also told me that English is a did my own research, and after I choosing a major. By Majucet Cardenas Castro, 5C very important skill to get a asked most of my friends about Furthermore, students have to better job and to communicate It might seem great technology is the TV, their answers were all check and find out about job with people from different changing our lives; however, this the same. They had had similar opportunities because now a lot countries. Her comments sometimes disturbs peaceful difficulties with their families. of students are graduates, so touched my heart deeply. That homes. The majority of people was when I decided to learn possess more than one of a Indeed, I would say that the job market is very English. The decision was really particular unnamed item in their technology has its advantages competitive. You can combine hard for me because at that time homes, and this causes them to and disadvantages; the key is to studying and training because my English level was zero; I did forget to share and communicate know how to balance time and some companies are giving that not even know how to make a with their relatives. Furthermore, accept the enemy in the house option so they can see which sentence in English. this item not only contributes to as a part of the family because it student would be a good disruptive behavior in children, will be in our lives forever. employee for the company in VOICES Page 28 Field Trips Trip to the return to the past. I was excited having fun. My satisfaction was Houston Museum because it was my first time to great because I met Lucy. of Natural Science go to a museum and because of the thought of seeing Lucy The Heart of the University By Ahmed Sylla, 2A with my own eyes. After By Wael Daij Aldossary, 2A My classmates and I visiting some of the other went to the HMNS exhibits, I went to a second One afternoon, we visited the on Tuesday, October floor hall reserved for special most important part of this 17. There were two exhibits, this time for Lucy and university: the M.D. Anderson classes together: 1A Ethiopian history. Lucy is the Library! We met our classmates and 2A. Our nickname given to this fossil, and teacher in the lobby. We teachers, Ms. Fallin about 3.2 million years old, activated our Cougar Cards for and Ms. Wilson, were discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. library use after filling out with us. There were three cars With fragments of 52 bones, some information forms at the and one van for transportation. she represents one species of reception desk. Next, we Min Ha Pyo and Hussain our human ancestors. looked at the selection of CD’s Alsugoor drove their cars, After observing many objects and DVD’s. Then we went to Hector Garcia drove his truck, about Ethiopian history, I the third floor of this huge and and Sam Long drove one of finally arrived at the entrance nice building where we saw the LCC vans. to the area accommodating many, many shelves with many At the HMNS, we started our Lucy. On the left wall are books. Finally, today, we visit on the third floor, where illustrations of various discovered the HEART of this we looked for the Eskimo prehistoric human ancestors. university. I call it the Museum “raincoat” and the Incan “cape In the middle of the area is a of the Book because there are a of feathers.” Next, we went to display cabinet containing the lot of books from way back. the main floor to see the authentic Lucy. I saw a Energy Hall. We took many skeleton with missing bones Trip to The M.D. Anderson pictures together and spoke but enough to see a mandible, Library English together because this a skull, some bones of the arm, By Hildy Melisa Endako museum was very strange to a part of the pelvis, and a Ikambouayat, 2A us. Finally, we went to the femur. A nearby police officer At 1:00 in the afternoon of second floor to see the provided surveillance for this October 19, I entered The beautiful gems and minerals priceless fossil. Also, there is a M.D. Anderson Library, where and the gem vault also. The replica representing the female I joined my classmates. We second floor also has many Lucy with hairy skin, small went to the checkout counter kinds of interesting animals, eyes, and long arms. I said to with our CougarOne Cards to African and Texan. After that, myself that I am seeing one of activate our accounts in this we ate McDonald’s fast food our ancient ancestors, but she library. This is something that and bought some souvenirs. looks more like a chimpanzee LCC students must do at the than a human. At the sight of This trip to the HMNS was fun beginning of each term. Lucy, many questions came to and interesting because we Next, we went to the CD/ my mind. How did she live? learned about other cultures DVD shelves where most of us Did she think she would be and gained new knowledge. chose the allowed number of famous one day? After several minutes of contemplating two DVDs each. During that My Meeting with Lucy time, we spoke a lot of English Lucy, I decided to leave but By Bruno Togo, 2A with each other. not without sadness. However, Accompanied by our teachers, I had many other things to Finally, we went to the third my classmates and I walked to discover with my classmates. floor. We learned about the the parking lot close to the When we returned to the “brown box” where we can put LCC office where we boarded university, everyone was books when we don’t three cars and one van. Our smiling because we had learned remember their real places on destination was the Houston many things, all the while the shelves. After that, we went Museum of Natural Science to Page 29 FALL 2007 to the juvenile collection and put people on the moon by chose books to read at home. 2020. Weather Information in Houston We are allowed to check out as many as 99 books for three By Weilun Chang, 2C The Texas Renaissance weeks. Books in the juvenile I reported about the weather information in Houston for my Festival collection are easy to read classmates. I searched the Internet, watched TV news, and without using a dictionary. In By Diana Ospina, 2C asked my friends how to find out about the weather. I found this way, we should learn For a long time the Texas a lot of information about weather, so I want to point out English easily. This trip was Renaissance Festival has tried how to find out about the weather in Houston: It is as very interesting. I hope to go to bring the best in follows: back there soon. Renaissance fun, food, and merchandise. It began with 1. We can check online with www.weather.com or only three stages on 15 acres www.click2houston.com and enter our zip code or the city to History of Houston search. If you travel to another state, you can do this. where vendors put their wares By Abdullah Tatir, 2C on blankets under the trees. 2. When you go to school every day, turn your radio to Sunny I learned a lot of new Now there are over fifty acres, 99.1 to listen. They have a lot of reports about the weather, information about Houston. lots of stages and thousands of traffic, and news in Houston. In 1836, the Allen brothers vendors and performers. More bought an area in Texas and than 300,000 people visit the 3. We can watch the local news on TV. started to build a new city, Renaissance Festival. You can I think this is important because sometimes the weather in Houston. It became the capital wear wonderful costumes and Houston is crazy. When you go to school in the morning, the of the Republic of Texas. eat delicious food. It was a sun is shining, but it is suddenly raining heavily in the Houston’s economy improved great experience in my life. afternoon! and the population grew. The people are very friendly, Houston took its name from and the people have organized Sam Houston, a popular each event very well. The general in Texas. Houston was Texas Renaissance Festival is a When Will Winter Come? used like a coordination center good option to enjoy with your during the Civil War. Today family. By Georgiy Golovko, 5C Houston has a population of When will winter come? This is the main question that has around 4 million. Every kind been disturbing me every morning since the beginning of “Failure is Not an Option!” of nationality lives here. There September. When I was in the Ukraine, I dreamed about hot are a lot of African-Americans By Musaad Alsubhi, 5C weather the whole year. So, I am in Houston now. It is the and Latinos. People in When I visited Johnson Space middle of October and the temperature on the street is about Houston are usually helpful Center, I was impressed by 30°C. I should probably be satisfied. However, I feel so tired and friendly. their achievements. I quote this of hot weather, and I really miss cold weather. I want to feel title from them. I was cold autumn rain. I want to see yellow leaves falling down from NASA wondering why students fail. the trees. We even have light morning frost at this time in the There are many reasons and Ukraine. I want to wear an overcoat. By Sherin Habib, 2C the most important one is Every day, I open the door of my apartment and I hope to feel NASA means National staying out late at night. fresh, cold wind blowing in my face; instead, I feel hot air, Aeronautic and Space Sleeping late is the leading which can hardly fill my lungs with fresh air. I had never Administration. It was started cause for absences. If students thought before that I would miss the winter so much. on July 29, 1958, by President come at all, they might come Dwight D. Eisenhower. late and exhausted, and they When will winter come? President John F. Kennedy will not be able to concentrate focused on NASA and sent and participate in class astronauts to the moon in activities. So go to sleep early 1960. Now NASA conducts and remember: “Failure is not science experiments and has an option!” the space station. There will be a robotic mission to the moon in 2008 and NASA will VOICES Page 30 like a busy market that was disorderly Elementary School Visit or her own desk. I was shocked by how and noisy. By Yu (Candice) Wang , 5A disorganized the students’ desks seemed to be at the UHCS. In China, it was not possible for The curriculum at the UHCS was very My class and I visited an American elementary school, students to make their study area so messy. similar to Chinese schools. Both school the University of Houston Charter School last systems include math, science, biology, Thursday. It was a very exciting experience. Since I These American students participated in their history/civics, and literature every day. was involved with the Education Consulate in China, I class activities by volunteering. They could Physical education, music, art, and very much enjoyed this trip. I noticed some similarities answer the teacher’s questions freely. In China, computer classes meet twice a week. and differences between American schools and if students intend to give a reply to the teacher, Many students at UHCS have arranged Chinese schools. they should raise their hands and get permission some extracurricular activities, such as When I first entered the UH Charter School, I was to speak. The classroom in China is quiet when piano, guitar, foreign languages, soccer, impressed by the messy classroom. The classroom the teacher does the teaching. It is a requirement or basketball, for evenings and there looked like an artist’s workshop. Beside the entry for students to concentrate completely on the weekends. door, there was a small lab with some bottles, books and teachers. The teacher in China is so strict that the students don’t dare do their own America has an excellent education machines, and computers where students could do business in class. On the contrary, the UHCS system, as does China. They have their some basic experiments. In China, classrooms aren’t teacher was so casual; he made the students own features, but they are both equipped with lab facilities. There were five tables in have the main role in their learning. To a successful in teaching students and the middle of the classroom. Each table had four Chinese teacher’s eyes, the UHCS might seem encouraging talents. students sitting around. In China, every student has his Level Five students visited the University of Houston Charter School’s fifth grade class to share traditional folktales from their countries. Here are some of their stories. The Four City Musicians of Bremen (a traditional German folktale) By Maria Grzegorzewska, 5A A long time ago there was a donkey that had been working his whole life for a farmer. But then the donkey got older and his owner didn’t want him anymore and decided to kill him. The farmer was a very poor man and he didn’t have enough money to buy food for an old donkey that couldn’t work anymore. The donkey was afraid of being killed and he ran away. He dreamed of being a musician in Bremen. On the way to the town he met a dog, a cat, and a rooster that were in a similar situation. The donkey asked them if they wanted to go with him. Bremen was far away and they had to spend a night in the forest. There they found a small house of three robbers. The robbers were eating a big dinner as the animals passed the house’s window. The animals were so hungry that they made a plan to scare the robbers away. The plan was to make a big pyramid and to sing as loud as possible. The dog stood on the donkey, the cat on the dog, and the rooster on the cat’s head. As the dog started to bark, the cat to meow, and the rooster to crow like a raven, the robbers were so scared that they left the house thinking they had seen and heard a witch. The animals could eat as much as they wanted and fell asleep, each of them in a familiar place. The cat slept on the heater because it was still warm in the night, the dog behind the door like he had slept his whole life, the rooster outside on the house’s gutter and the donkey next to the patio. All the animals slept very deeply, but the robbers came back to see if there was really a witch in their house. One of the robbers was sent to check the house, while the others waited for him in the forest. The night was very dark and the robber wanted to light a candle in the house, but he mixed up the cat’s eyes with the hot coal inside the heater. The cat got such a fright that she jumped on the robber’s face and scratched him. Then the robber wanted to get out of the house, but behind the door the dog was sleeping and got afraid, too, so that he bit him on his leg. Outside the donkey gave him a hard kick and the rooster began to crow like a raven again. Shocked and very frightened, the robber went back to his friends and told them that the witch was still here. Since then the bad robbers have never come back. Page 31 FALL 2007 The Goddess Chang’e’s Flight Mengtian burst into Houyi’s was especially brighter than any eat it, so could they. He tried to To the Moon house with a double-edged sword night When he looked more plant that seed in good conditions, A traditional Chinese folktale and tried to intimidate Chang’e carefully, he was surprised and soon there were creepers By Yuanfang (Kelly) Feng 5B into giving him the magic pill. because he saw a shadow in the spreading over the land. They were moon and it looked like round with a green covering and red Long, long ago, there were ten “Where’s the pill? Give me the Chang’e’s silhouette. Since then inside. He shared the new fruit with suns in the sky. The ten suns rose pill, or you will die!” With these people view the moon every Mid- his wife. They realized that the fruit and set at the same time every day, words, he put the sword to her autumn Festival (15th day of the was sweet and juicy. Therefore, Mai and the earth was like a throat. Chang’e was scared. She 8th lunar month) to planted more of this kind of fruit. microwave. The seas were almost kept swallowing as she tried to commemorate Chang’e. He carved symbols on the fruit and dried up; the crops in farmlands stay calm. The Red Watermelon let it float on the water. were mostly dead, and others were “Hurry! I won’t be lenient, you burnt. The people would not be know. I am really going to kill a traditional Vietnamese folktale Some fisherman found these fruits able to live much longer in that you here,” he shouted at her. By Ly Nguyen, 5B and tasted them. They situation. realized that the fruit was good, and When she finally cried out for Ly wishes to dedicate this story to they tried to find Mai. They asked “I can’t keep sitting back any her friend who loves watermelon. help, he laughed at her. “Ho, ho, him about exchanging their goods more; I have to do something,” ho. You think there will be Many decades ago, there was a for his fruit. The king became aware Houyi was thinking. He was a anybody to come help you? Ha, little boy who lived in a small of the popularity of this fruit. The hero good at shooting arrows. ha! Don’t be so silly, dear. Your village and usually followed the king then recognized Mai’s talent The next morning, he went up to hero husband is probably hunters and fisherman. When he and he apologized to Mai for his the top of the highest mountain, running after rabbits in the forest was eight years old, he had a mistake. Then, Mai An Tiem taught pulled the bow with all his forty miles away right now. And chance to meet the king. The king the farmers how to plant and take strength and aimed at one of the I’ve killed all of your bodyguards. took him as his son because of his care of this fruit. He named it suns. Fire! The arrow reached the You can shout as loud as you intelligence and named him Mai “watermelon.” Nowadays, thanks to center of the sun perfectly and want, but nobody will hear you. An Tiem. The more Mai grew up, Mai An Tiem, many people love the sun dropped. In this way, he “Ho, ho. You’d better obediently the smarter he was. He got watermelon and can enjoy this shot down nine suns. People were so happy and thankful that give me the pill. Maybe then I’ll married to a nice girl. The king wonderful fruit. they lifted him up and down to think about leaving you alive.” gave him a large piece of land to celebrate. God gave an anti-death work. In a short time, Mai and his Chang’e became aware that she wife became very successful by pill to him as a reward; if he took was no match for Mengtian, and the pill, he would not really die, working hard. He built his house she also knew that it was time to and made a lot of rice. but rather become a deity who make a choice even though it could live forever. After his seemed there were no choices. In However, some courtiers lied to magnificent feat, Houyi became a moment of desperation, she the king and said that Mai had very famous. Many teenagers decided to take the pill to prevent looked down on the king and gave started asking him to be their that evil guy from getting it. At his thanks only to God. The king teacher. One of them named first, she pretended to unlock the was very angry about what he Mengtian joined the group but box for him. After that, while she heard from the courtier without not for leaning skills like the was opening the box, she gulped checking. The king promulgated a others; he actually had designs on up the pill as fast as she could. At decree that grounded Mai to a that magic pill. the same time, her body floated desolate island in the East Sea. He Not long after he began teaching, up away from the ground and was allowed to bring enough food Houyi got married to a kind and rushed out from the window and for a few days, a knife, and beautiful woman, Chang’e. When flew into the sky. She was nothing more. From then on, Mai he was not teaching or hunting, actually unwilling to leave, so she and his wife lived there alone. he was always with his wife. He chose to stop on the moon, His wife cried, but he encouraged loved her so much that he even which was the closest place to the her by saying, “We have our brains became afraid of taking the pill earth. She thought she would and hands, so nothing is because if he took it, he would go probably still be able to see impossible.” The next day, he used up to heaven and could never see Houyi from there. She became the knife to dig a deep hole to find Chang’e any more. One day, the deity of the moon. water for drinking. He and his wife before going hunting with his At nightfall, Houyi came back built a tent by using the branches students, he decided to ask home. A maid told him what had of the trees and sticking rocks Chang’e to keep the pill for him. happened in the morning. together. His wife caught some Chang’e stored it carefully by He took out a sword and ran to fish from the sea to make a meal. locking it into a box and hiding it catch Mengtian, but of course Fortunately, he found big stones in the cupboard. Mengtian had run away much and he hit them together to make Unfortunately, Mentian had earlier. Houyi felt so sorrowful a fire to cook on. After some days, secretly observed Chang’e hide that he cried out his wife’s name he saw a bird eating a piece of red the pill. He pretended that he was toward the sky like a wounded fruit, which had black seeds. He sick and didn’t go hunting with animal. At the same time, he drove away the bird to keep the Houyi. After Houyi left, suddenly found that the moon seed. He thought if the bird could VOICES Page 32 Dave’s Page time to process visas. Students Immigration that you changed whose visas have expired may schools. See the advisor at the face time delays when trying to new school if you are going to renew their visas over the transfer so that you make sure Christmas break. You can your new I-20 is processed check the web site of the U.S. properly and within the time embassy in your country to get allowed. the latest visa processing information. You may want to Also, remember that the law change your travel plans if your requires you to report any visa has expired and the U.S. change in your address embassy in your country needs within ten days of the change. too much time to process your Please bring your address Immigration Update visa renewal. If you have any changes to the LCC, and we questions, check with the LCC will change it in the UH system If you are traveling outside the as well as notify DHS. U.S. over the Christmas break, Student Counselor’s office you should talk to Dave Burns, now to avoid problems later. Other visa categories such as J- the LCC Student Counselor, or 1, B1 or B-2, A-1, L-2, etc., his assistant, Sam Long, before F-1 Student Status have their own rules, which you leave in order to make sure Students need to be very students in these categories your I-20 and visa are correct careful and obey the must obey. Remember, if you and valid. Remember that to immigration laws. 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What are you doing Christmas break, they should next semester? be prepared for questions and Remember the basic an inspection by the immigration rules you must Under the DHS SEVIS Department of Homeland follow. For F-1 students, tracking program for F-1 Security (DHS) . In addition to among the most important students, at the beginning of their passports, visas, and I- rules are: 1) You must be a full- each term, we have to enter the 20s, students should have with time student during regular data of what you are doing into them copies of their school terms, taking vacations only the SEVIS system. It is VERY records such as their grade when you are permitted. 2) IMPORTANT that you let us reports and proof of their You can not work, except on know what you will be doing financial resources and campus, unless you have next term so we can enter the sponsorship. Usually the DHS special permission from DHS. correct information. If we do inspector will not ask for these 3) You must make sure your I- not know and do not update additional documents, but 20 is up-to-date and issued by SEVIS, the SEVIS system will students should have them the school you are attending. 4) automatically terminate you, available in case they are If you transfer to another which means you can lose your needed. school, you must get a new I- student status! Your teacher 20 from the new school and will give you an “End of Many U.S. embassies and Semester Student Plans” form have it processed in a timely consulates are taking a long before you finish your classes manner in order to notify Page 33 FALL 2007 this term. It is very important LCC Falcons. Both were Souleymane Zampaligre. that you complete this form excellent teams and both teams and return it to your teacher. If went to the play-off you did not get one, go to the tournament. The Eagles made LCC office to complete the Table Tennis: it to the semi-finals, but, form before you leave for the 1st – Andres Burbano; unfortunately, lost in a goal winter break. that was made with less than 2nd – Hasan Eken. one minute left to play in the If you plan to take a vacation game. It was a real for the spring term, you must Thanks to everyone who heartbreaker. But there is fill out a “Vacation Request” helped make the Culture always next season! We are form. These forms are in the Festival a big success, despite very proud of both teams. LCC office. the rain, by bringing all the Thanks to all the guys who delicious food. This was a played, and a special thanks to If you are not sure what you special time as it was the same will be doing after the break, Ali Al-Yami from Saudi Arabia week as the American who is a former LCC student please let us know by the start celebration of Thanksgiving. of the spring term so we can now in UH and was the Not only did we have the captain of the Eagles and enter the correct information traditional American about you in the SEVIS organizer for the teams. Special Thanksgiving turkey, but also thanks as well to Kei Ishii our system. we had a good time tasting the level six student who also Student Activities dishes of different cultures and helped organize and captain learning about each other. the teams. The time has passed quickly Thanks to the students who this semester! Our planned brought their music, danced By the way, Ali is now working orientation trip to the Museum for us, and dressed in part-time in the LCC office. of Fine Arts and the Galleria traditional clothes. We are very proud of his were cancelled because UH accomplishments. was closed due to the threat of On December 12, we have our a hurricane! We apologize to final field trip. By the time you The LCC Student those students who came to read this, you will probably Counselor’s Office the University only to find it know that we plan to go to San closed. Fortunately, it was only Antonio! It’s a great way to end The Student Counselor’s office a few weeks until we had the the semester, joining friends, is here to help you with your LCC class photo followed by classmates, and teachers and problems, to help you find the LCC Sports Tournament. having a Mexican lunch at Casa information you need, and to Students had a good time and a Rio on the famous Riverwalk. advise you about your break from their studies. After lunch is the time for concerns, ranging from Winners in the games were as exploring the rest of the immigration to academic follows: Riverwalk, visiting the shops, concerns to personal problems. going through the Alamo, and In addition to Dave Burns, Bowling: enjoying San Antonio. I hope there is Sam Long, LCC everyone sees the Riverwalk Program Assistant, who can 1st – Son Trinh (Kenny) after dark when all the help you. 2nd – Nestor Sanchez; Christmas lights are on. It’s very beautiful. Come see us if you have a 3rd – Keun-Woo Park; question, need information or The LCC Soccer advice, or just want to talk! 4th – Nestor Alvarez. Teams Billiards: The LCC was fortunate to 1st – Shu Po Yu (Kenny) have students representing us in the UH intramural indoor 2nd – Gustavo Franco soccer games. We had two 3rd– Ihsan Umit Akyazici and teams: the LCC Eagles and the VOICES Page 34 Art Critiques Conjurer looks perfect. If you look thing in this photo is that it’s beyond the tree, you can see a turned over from the top to By Kenny Yu, 4A cottage in the distance. the bottom. The image of birds What is art? There’s no exact This work of art is so peaceful I thought was real is their answer to this question! In because there is no car or shadows. fact, whatever you think about horse in the photographs. Also it, that’s art! After I saw the Jean Luc Mylayne divided the trees stand along the proportionately his photo with Conjurer picture, which was cottage. But the main part of drawn by Amy Sillman, I felt I 80% water and 20% birds and the photograph is a bird and the edge of the pond. The was in the picture. the boots which a person is I think the woman in the photo shows a balance wearing. That attracts the bird between the group of birds in picture is trying to avoid the to stand on the stone and look. disordered things that invade the left bottom, a group of I think the person is tired of connected waterweed in the her mind. She uses her hand city life when he has become middle and water on the top. to build a field to stop those famous. The city gives him a The contrast between the disorderly things. She wants to lot of pressure and water and the edge of the pond stay in a place that is really inconvenience. So he desires to makes the birds’ shadows peaceful and quiet, just like go back to a natural and become clear to see. paradise. The place where peaceful life. The red boots she’s standing is white, but on I think he first tried to capture that usually a woman wears the other side, it’s really messy. the bird picture, but when he attract the bird because it In this generation, there are looked at it from a different knows that boots could belong too many things to bother us side, he was probably to a famous person’s wife. in the world! Every day is surprised. When turning over tiring! Every day is busy! I like this photograph because of two points. First, the red the photo, it gave him another Everything is bull…! Every feeling. year is the same! I need the boots are picturesque and shelter of my own protection glaring. Second, I like the I love this wonderful to be with myself, center, and village landscape because photograph because it makes find clarity, peace, and serenity! nobody can disturb you there. me feel happy and relaxed. I hope that I can have the Moreover, I appreciate Jean same hands--like Luc Mylayne’s trick and how hers! However, that’s No. 358 – Jean Luc Mylayne he captured this artwork. I impossible to be done! The hope “No.358” will be your thinking can only exist in By Mungtra Chusilp, 4B favorite color photograph the dreams! After I saw the Between December 2005 and same as me. picture, I felt I was in the view. January 2006, Jean Luc Mylayne was taking a vacation from France to the west of Jean Luc Mylayne’s America and produced his Photograph color photographs on the By Li Ye, 4A concept of birds. His photo Jean Luc Mylayne is interested “No. 358,” illustrates a few in commonplace birds and parts of a pond. Six birds are natural landscapes in his standing at the edge of the photographs. In his pond. There is a little photograph I see a person who waterweed floating on the is wearing blue jeans and water. The water is dark blue cowboy boots. Especially the and turbid. When I see this boots are very dazzling because photo, especially the water and the main colors are red and waterweed, I feel like I’m black. But there’s a little white looking in the sky with a few at the side of the boots. It clouds. The most interesting Page 35 FALL 2007 Language and Culture Center University of Houston 116 Roy Cullen Building Houston, TX 77204 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 713-743-3030 Fax: 713-743-3029 http://lcc.uh.edu Voices Editors: Geneva Awad, Kitty Barrera, and Jenifer Edens
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