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Was it worth it? (DoL #1)

I have to say, I’m way more excited for socials this year than last year. Last year, we learned mainly about the founding of Canada. We covered the development of Canada from 1815 to 1914. My personal narrative for last year was simply to learn more about the founding on Canada. That I did, however, I was not very interested in what I learned. The complete opposite happened this year.

Even though it’s been a week into the new semester, already I’m interested in the topics discussed in class. My new goals for this semester are: Stay focused and interested in class discussions (something I didn’t do very well last year), stay up to date on major events happening in the world, and to learn more about what happened outside of Canada from 1750 to 1919. I’m confident I can accomplish all these goals because the topics taught this year in socials are all things I have an interest in.

The core competency that I would like to develop is the communication competency. The reason I would like to develop this competency is because I want to be able to share my thoughts with others, especially during the class discussions. This was one of the things that I wanted to improve from last year. My goal isn’t to immediately become the person who talks the most in the class, but rather to slowly join in and share my ideas.

The big idea that I’ve chosen to research is: disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies. I think that this idea can be seen everywhere we look, whether it be Columbus enslaving the natives,  modern day politics or even your parents telling you to do the dishes. Ok, maybe the last one is a bit of a stretch, but the idea is still there: how much power we have affects how we treat others. Some examples of this from Howard Zinn’s: A People’s History of the United States are: “Total control led to total cruelty” (pg. 6) and “Columbus claimed he had seen a light the evening before. He got the reward” (pg. 3), both showing how Columbus abused his power even with his own people. I think that by remembering this big idea while I learn in class, I can further my understanding of why somebody does something.

Some curricular competencies I would like to develop are finding evidence and cause and consequence. Finding evidence is basically just looking for reliable and consistent evidence for any major or minor historical event. There will always be multiple sides to a story, and I would like to be able to paint my own picture using evidence from each side. An example of this would be the Canadian government and residential schools. The Canadian government believed that residential schools were helping the natives become “white”, which in their eyes was a good thing. However, the natives had a different outlook on these schools. If one were to only research evidence from the government’s point of view, they would have a highly incorrect and bias opinion. The second competency is cause and consequence. This is pretty self explanatory: how prevailing conditions, groups, or individuals affect events, decisions, and developments. An example of this would be Christopher Columbus and the natives he encountered. Columbus used the natives as slaves, drastically reducing their numbers until eventually there were none left. I believe these are both very important skills that can be used anywhere in life.

Finishing off with any questions that I have towards socials and what we are learning. My only question so far relates to one of the ethical points in Howard Zinn’s: A People’s History of the United States. The point Zinn made is: was bloodshed and deceit necessary for the human race to progress? Some examples of this are: Columbus and the natives, America and Hiroshima, Stalin and the peasants. I did some thinking and I honestly have no answer. I feel like it would be ironic to condemn these events if without them, we probably wouldn’t be here  learning about these events today. It is extremely hard to have a discussion on whether or not this loss of human lives were worth it in the end because we are part of the privileged few that benefited from these events. I don’t believe I will ever find an answer, but I hope that through socials this year, I can clarify my view on this topic.

Here is to another great year of socials!

In-Depth post #2

Hello again everyone! This is my second post for my In-Depth project this year: Tricking. So far, I’ve mainly been working on my conditioning to get my body used to performing such stunts. This means doing upper body exercises such as push ups and sit ups as well as lower body exercises such as squats and calf raises. I’ve also been practicing the cartwheel, a basic tumbling maneuver that is the foundation to many other moves. It’s hard to believe that a few months ago, I couldn’t even do a cartwheel. At the end of the project, I will compare my cartwheels so that I can see my improvement. Some things that I will work on for this move are: Cleaning up the landing so my feet land in a straight line, keeping my legs straight mid-rotation, overall presentation and flair.

The second move I’ve been practicing is the kip-up. This move is used a lot in martial arts movies, as it quickly changes the bodies position from lying down to standing up. I started practicing the kip-up at the start of this project. The kip-up is a very good beginner technique to learn as it engages the whole body from the arms to the legs. When I first attempted it, I landed flat on my back multiple times purely because my body wasn’t used to moving that fast. Here is my kip-up: Some things I want to improve about my kip-up are: Increase the height of the arc of my body as I do the move, and be able to land with my feet together instead of apart. Throughout my whole project, I will continue practicing both these fundamental moves. Next week, I will try and learn the “540”, a spinning kick that looks like this, which will definitely challenge me as it is a whole half (180) rotation more than a standard “360” kick.

Now to talk a bit more about my mentor, and what I have learned from him so far. As stated in my last post, my mentor is Serg Martires. He currently lives in Surrey, and did most of his tricking training there. Serg is a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, a rank he achieved from over 6 years of hard work and training. He first started tricking after he obtained his black belt, around 2 years ago. At first he learned the basic moves such as: “kip-up” “540” and “auto-bahn”, after he began learning more advanced tricks like the : “back flip” “720” and “slant gainer”. All these tricks can be seen here. Unfortunately, there was a period of time a few years ago where Serg injured himself quite badly whilst  doing tricks. However after a few months rest, he was back to doing everything he did before.

Before attempting these tricks, I messaged Serg to ask for some advice on tricking. The answer I got was to keep attempting the trick even if I couldn’t do it the first few times, as it takes time for the body to get used to the move. I learned the value of these words when I first practiced the kip-up; I probably failed to come even close to completing the trick in my first 30 tries. But now as you can see from the gif above, I can do it! With this knowledge, I know that as long as I keep practicing a certain move, I will eventually be able to do it.

Now what have I learn in terms of facilitation strategies from my mentor? Well the most important thing is encouragement, when I first sent Serg a video of my doing he kip-up, it wasn’t very good, but he still encouraged me to keep trying it, and by the next time, I was getting twice the height in my kip-up! His encouragement helped me persist in my efforts and it payed off for sure.

Thanks for reading, and please come back next week to see my next post!

In-Depth 2016 (Week one)

Its a brand new year! And with it comes a new in depth project. Last year I explored the topic of gluten-free and vegan baking, but this year, I’ve decided to take it a whole different direction by doing tricking. Instead of having a stay-at-home activity, tricking requires a lot of physical activity, more than what I’m used to. This will hopefully result in me becoming stronger physically over the course of this project.

Now what is tricking? I Asked anyone what tricking was most people would have no idea what it was. This is because tricking is more of an internet phenomenon than an actual established sport. The roots of tricking developed in the 1960s, when spinning, jumping, and flashy kicks became more popular in martial arts.With the introduction of youtube, trickers could now share their performances to a wide audience, greatly improving the popularity of tricking. Nowadays, tricking combines martial arts, gymnastics, and break dancing to create a variety of tricks. Here is a very useful website I found early in my research depicting a variety of tricks with a short animation showing how they are done.

I chose tricking for my In-Depth project because of many reasons. My first reason was that I wanted to improve my physical health, but I found activities such as gym training were too boring for my liking. My second reason is that I was interested in learning a new aspect utilizing martial arts. For those who don’t know, I’ve been doing taekwondo for the past 4 years. At first I thought about gymnastics and tumbling, but when I stumbled upon tricking, I knew that I had found what I was interested in. Tricking combines my interest in martial arts with the physical demands that I wanted, while also having an element of adventure that I enjoy.

Now who did I choose for my mentor? As I have some connections with my taekwondo school, I managed to get into contact with an instructor named Serg Martires. He does tricking on his free time along with parkour. While I trust Serg knows what he is doing when it comes to tricking, I also plan on taking some classes at a tumbling gym to get a different perspective on this subject. There, I will ask the instructor some questions that I may have.

For this project, I’ve developed a plan that will help me get to where I want to be. For the rest of January, I plan on improving my overall fitness as well as working on the tricks I already know such as the kip-up and the cartwheel (examples can be found here) to get my body used to these types of movements. This means stretching and working on my strength  every night. Of course, I will also continue working on my fitness throughout this project. After I will experiment with some of the tricks under the “novice” section of the link above. There are more than enough tricks there to keep me occupied for the rest of this project. Sometime later, around March, I will attend a class related to tumbling so I can further develop my skills.

Now where am I going to practice all these moves? For the month that I am in the gymnastics class, I can practice there, but what about all this other time? Tricking is actually one of the simplest sports. While other sports need lots of equipment and facilities, tricking can simply be done with a grass field. At the beginning, when I am first learning the tricks, I will use my taekwondo school gym after my normal class on Tuesdays and Thursdays because of it’s soft floor. Once I get more experienced, I can move on to backyard training.

There you have it! Everything you need to know about my project. I will post again in 2 weeks documenting my progress among other things. Hope to see you there!

Leaders in the Community

For my project, I came up with this thesis: When people are passionate for something, they will put in more effort when doing that thing. It often leads to success in those areas with enough hard work.

The reason I chose this thesis is because I wanted to gain more insight on what drives people to do what they do. I also wanted to find out if sticking to something you’re passionate about works out in the end. I’m currently thinking a lot about what I want to do for my future and what others want me to do.

For this project, I decided to interview the owner of a Kumon Center: Alice Yuan. She owns the Kumon center on Austin Ave. and was my instructor when I did Kumon a couple years ago.  When I was a student there, I witnessed firsthand how she helped and guided her students, including me. I also extremely admire her work, especially since she has fought through many things, including sickness, to get to where she is today. Her determination and dedication are reasons why I believe she is a great community leader and why I chose her for this project.

Before I did the interview with Alice, I read her profile on the Kumon website to find out more about her. I found out that Alice used to be a banker before she transitioned to Kumon, and that had little to no teaching experience before she joined Kumon. She has been working with Kumon for over 15 years, and during those years, has achieved awards like: Gold Elite Instructor, Best Instructor- West Coast, and many other Kumon program completion awards. From my interview with her, I found out that Alice first owned a Kumon center in Port Moody, then acquired the Coquitlam one. There was a period in which she owned both centers, but eventually settled for just the Coquitlam center- the one she owns today. Here are the detailed answers from my interview:

Here are my questions:

  1. I saw your page on the Kumon website, and noticed you said you used to work as a banker. Did the transition to Kumon happen overnight or was your decision in the works for a while? Did you have any idea you wanted to be a teacher when you were in school?
  2. What training did you have to go through to become a Kumon instructor? What skills did you learn from it?
  3. What are some obstacles you have had to overcome in your time as a Kumon instructor?
  4. What is your favorite thing about being the Chief instructor of Kumon and what is the least?
  5. In your opinion, what is the most important quality to have for a teacher/instructor?

I tried recording Alice’s responses on my phone, but unfortunately, the audio cut out as soon as my phone locked. Luckily, I was taking notes just in case that happened, so these are her responses.

For question #1, the answer was not what I had expected. Alice said that she did not have any idea she wanted to become a Kumon instructor when she was in school, and that her inspiration for starting a Kumon center came from her friend, a pastor at a Church. She said that “God guided her along the way” by giving her help and support when she first started in the form of employees.

For question #2, Alice said that at first when she first bought the Kumon center, she had no idea how to run it. She said that her training was “essentially me (Alice) asking others if they knew how this (Kumon) worked, and if they said yes, I would invite them to work with me, and that was how I learned”. At that time (early 2000s), there wasn’t too much training Kumon provided, so Alice had to go on her own for a period of time. Now there are extensive training requirements you have to go through in order to become the chief instructor at Kumon.

For question #3, Alice said that there were always obstacles in her line of work. Some examples she gave were: when she was forced to move locations by Kumon, fighting with the City of Coquitlam over regulations so that they can expand their center. The first example was a high risk that nearly “made me(Alice) quit” as it was going to increase their expenses to the point where it was hard to make a profit. In the end however, it turned out to be a good move. The second example has been currently ongoing for almost a year, and is the source of a lot of stress for Alice.

For question #4, Alice said that her most favorite thing about being a Kumon instructor was “watching my students develop and grow and to seeing their progress over time”. She said her least favorite things are dealing with angry parents as well as the stresses stated in question #3.

For question #5, Alice said that one of the most important qualities to have in an instructor/teacher was the ability to connect with their students. This is important because it allows you to monitor their progress and growth better and is another thing that Alice likes about being a Kumon instructor.

And that’s the end of the interview! Another important point that Alice said that didn’t correspond to any of the questions, but came from me asking follow up questions were: “I (Alice) really am passionate about this job, because people don’t do this for money; The money that Kumon pays is only enough to get by, so you only do this if you’re passionate for it. There were times at the beginning where I was making practically no money, and I thought about quitting. But what else would I do? Go back to banking? It was a good job, but I wasn’t passionate about it. So, I pushed through and here I am today.”

Overall, from my interview with Alice, I’ve found my thesis to be true. Through her passion and hard work, Alice has made it far from where she started to where she is today: a successful chief instructor of a successful Kumon center. From this project, I learned a lot about what it takes to reach your goals, and how if you work hard enough, good things will come your way.

Eminent 2015 Bibliography

Here is my bibliography for my eminent project.

For a list of all Jackie Chan’s movies hes been associated with, along with some fun trivia, click here

This is a detailed page about the life of Jackie Chan, I used it for gathering information about his life. Click here

Same as above, this page was used to match up facts to make sure they were accurate. Click here
I used this page to look up Jackie Chan’s most dangerous stunts. Click here
This video I used in my learning center, it shows basically the same thing as the link above, Jackie Chan’s top 10 most dangerous stunts. Click here
I used the next few links as a guide to how Jackie Chan spoke so that I could try and impersonate him best I could in my speech. They are mostly interviews or something similar. Click here for an interview where he teaches a stunt, here for an interview with TheEllenShow

Also, I watched Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3, all with Jackie Chan in them. This further helped my understanding of the way he speaks.

NotN Reflection

Eminent this year was absolutely amazing. All the hard work, all the stress, all the lost sleep, were all worth it in the end. It’s a whole different experience being a grade 9 on Night of the Notables to being a grade 10.

The speech was one of the most memorable and unmemorable things about TALONS. For my speech, I wasn’t very nervous as I waited backstage, but as soon as the person before me went, my nerves kicked in. Walking on stage was probably one of the scariest things I’ve had to do in my life. After I got on stage, I just started saying my lines. All the practice I did payed off, I recited my speech without error. While I was reciting it though, there were parts where I didn’t write to be funny, but the audience still laughed. That threw me off a little bit: I was wondering if I had said something wrong. But, I read through it, and the next thing I knew, I was off stage.The thing that surprised me the most was how fast time passed on stage. Near the ending, I even hesitated because I thought I forgot a huge section of my speech. BUT, why did I say it was unmemorable? Because even a day after my speech, I can’t tell you what I was thinking on stage, where I was looking, I can’t even say I saw any of the teachers. It’s almost as if my memory shut down for that minute and continued right after. Good thing there’s video recording though. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the whole experience, and I would definitely do it again.

I definitely met all my goals for this project. My time management was way better than last year, I felt more connected to my eminent person, and I had way more fun. When I started the project, I would have never expected it to end like this. I looked at NotN with dread and a little bit of excitement, but there was really nothing to dread about that night. Something like this can only be experienced through living it, not through words.

Now moving on to my learning center. My learning center for the night looked like this:

This was what I used to draw people into my room
This was the inside

My idea was to either make a fake movie set, or to have more of an interactive learning center. I moved away from the idea of the movie set because I found it extremely difficult to obtain the materials required to make it. So, I decided to do my interactive idea, using myself as the main attraction (I would talk and answer other people’s questions about myself) I managed to snag the last classroom available, and managed to borrow a projector from that room. Inside my room, I had a video on a projector playing a video of Jackie Chan’s top 10 most dangerous stunts. Through my laptop, I played some music that Jackie Chan sang. I used the mats in the center to demonstrate a few (basic) moves that stuntmen know like the shoulder roll and how to break-fall. I also offered to teach anyone how to do a shoulder roll on the mat. Overall, I felt like having an interactive activity like mine would have been better than if I just put up a few posters and props and talked to audiences. The only issue was that the room looked very bare and plain, a way to have fixed that would have just to have more pictures and filler material or to share a room with someone else just to fill up the empty space.

My roll (Thanks to Will for filming)

ALRIGHT, well that concludes Eminent! I would rate this year a perfect 10/10. It’s almost sad at the end of the night, as eminent marks the halfway point of TALONS grade 10 year (unless grade 11 TALONS happens). I will never forget the energy and excitement of this night. See you next time!

Eminent 2015 – Document of Learning

Night of the Notables is coming soon, and it’s time to look over what I learn and achieved through this project.

My first goal for my project was to figure out what makes Jackie Chan do all those crazy stunts. I found out that Jackie Chan puts his life on the line for his fans. I learned that his work ethic is what really sets him apart from other actors/stuntmen because Chan will shoot a scene hundreds of times until he is happy with it. My second goal for my project was to try and keep my stress levels as low as possible by managing my time wisely. This goal also relates to my IEP goals. Last year, I found that I procrastinated a lot, which resulted in me having to stay up late the nights before the project was due in order to get it done. This year, whenever I had time on my hands, I would finish something related to eminent. This meant I had a cushion so that if something went wrong, I would still have time to fix it. This eliminated a lot of stress for me.

I feel that I put in a lot of effort into writing and practicing my speech. First off, I spent a lot of time researching for my speech. I also tried to write my speech the way Jackie Chan would say it, and how he would say it: I briefly experimented with his accent, but I quickly dropped the idea because I couldn’t hold it for more than a few words, I watched a few movies and interviews with Jackie Chan in them to try and get a grasp of his speaking style, and I purposely wrote grammatical errors into my speech to try and replicate Chan’s broken English. Of course I needed people to understand what I was saying, so I only did minor mistakes. However, it was harder to memorize my speech because I would say the correct grammar when practicing. Here is the final copy of my speech (When I was actually presenting my speech, I went off script in some parts).

“Superwoman? I wonder if she can jump off a cliff and land on a hot air balloon. I used to do stunts like that, not anymore. Why? Because things change. They make stunts very differently back then. Different rules. Stunts used to be actually done for real! When I made movies back in Asia, 20 years ago, i could do anything i wanted. I fell down a 21 story building, no wires, no tricks. Jackie Chan does all his own stunts! But now, half the time, I am not allowed to do my own stunts anymore. When I am allowed, it’s all green screens and wires. Recently, I have to climb a simple tree, no more than 20 feet tall. I climb this tree 3 times without camera, but when the camera is here, what do they do? they bring in safety wires, they bring in mats. If I fall, so what? I only break some bones. I break many bones in my career you know. No big deal. Oh well, I’m starting to get too old for this anyway. Hopefully, they’ll still be doing real stunts after I’m gone.”

 

 

Interview Post!

Unlike last year, I actually got an interview this time! As my eminent person is Jackie Chan, I decided to try and obtain an interview from someone familiar with the stunt industry. I started by googling stunt schools around Vancouver, hoping to find someone I could interview.  I eventually stumbled upon this website. I decided to email Peter Kent asking for an interview. He had the experience, as he was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s personal stunt double for over 14 years! He has appeared in : Terminator 1&2, Predator, and Total Recall, just to name a few. Quite the impressive resume. To my surprise, he responded within 30 minutes of me emailing him! The problem now was, I hadn’t come up with all my questions yet. So I had to send him my questions the next day. I was so anxious for his reply that I checked my email every couple of hours, and was ecstatic when he finally answered.

Here are the questions I asked and his answers:

1. How did you personally get into the stunt industry? What was your first job as a stuntman?

I went to Los Angeles from Vancouver in 1984 and by accident met James Cameron right and he was doing the movie Terminator. That was my very first film and it led to 14 more with Arnold 

2. What type of training did you have before you became a stuntman?

I was into track and field and running and some minor martial arts like judo  

3. What was your most dangerous stunt?

The freehand truck transfer at 60 miles an hour in Terminator two or the 20 story high fall on last action hero. 

4. Has Jackie Chan influenced you in any way? If so, how?

I would have to say just in the entertainment factor I know he does quite a few of his own stunts but he also has his own stunt professionals. 

5. As stated in your IMDb page, you have been in the stunt industry from 1984-present. Have things changed since then?

Yes 90% of the stunts these days are done in front of a Greenscreen and very little is done practically as we did in T2. 

Is it more difficult now?

In my estimation it’s about the same but the element of danger has been mitigated by a lot of green screen work and less practical big stunts due to cost. 

Was there a different way of getting in the industry?

I can’t speak for other people but for me no one will ever follow the path I’ve taken,  it was just being in the right place at the right time.

I am pretty happy with the amount of information I received. The answer to question 5 will be especially  helpful to me. Unfortunately Kent didn’t have much to say on Jackie Chan, but since the purpose of this interview was mainly to see how the stunt industry changed over all these years, this was an extremely successful interview. If I do this again, I would definitely have researched for more potential interviewees in case my first one failed. I was lucky this time as Peter Kent answered so quickly.

When I was doing my research, I didn’t really know the evolution of stunting. Now through the words of a stuntman who’s been in this line of work for 20 years,  I know how things work now. This also ties in with the fact that Jackie Chan doesn’t like the American movie industry because they are too restrictive of his stunts. Like Peter Kent says, a lot of the actual stunt-work is taken out of stunting.

Although the answers I got were quite short, I’m happy with them, as Kent is currently running a stunt school and probably doesn’t have too much extra time on his hands. The information I received will help me when I impersonate Jackie Chan on Night of the Notables, as  it further educates me about the stunt industry.

This is the full conversation I had with Peter Kent:

Dear Mr. Kent,

Thank you for taking the time to read my message. My name is Kevin Fang, I an currently a grade 10 student at Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam, BC. The reason I am reaching out to you today is because I am currently working on a research project around Jackie Chan and his career in stunting. After doing some research around stunting, I discovered yourwebsite. I know you have a lot of experience with the stunt industry, and I was wondering if you can answer a couple questions of mine about stunting. It would really help me out in my project.
Thank you very much for your time,
Kevin
Sure Kevin. What can I do for you?

Thank you for responding so quickly, I have a few questions about the stunt industry that I would like you to answer.

1. How did you personally get into the stunt industry? What was your first job as a stuntman?
2. What type of training did you have before you became a stuntman?
3. What was your most dangerous stunt?
4. Has Jackie Chan influenced you in any way? If so, how?
5. As stated in your IMDb page, you have been in the stunt industry from 1984-present. Have things changed since then? Is it more difficult now? Was there a different way of getting in the industry?
Thank you again for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate everything and this has helped my project out a lot.
Peter Kent’s answers to my questions are posted above.

Eminent Person Intro Post (Jackie Chan)

As you can probably tell from the title, my eminent person this year is going to be…JACKIE CHAN!

(The next couple of paragraphs are basically Chan’s life story, I may have been a little carried away)

Jackie Chan was born on the 7th of April, 1954 in Hong Kong. “Jackie Chan” is his nickname, his Chinese name is 成龙 (Chéng Lóng in Mandarin). The name “Jackie” was originally given to him from a fellow construction worker, and it has stuck ever since. He is an actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter, action choreographer, singer, stunt director, and stunt performer. Quite the impressive resume. Chan has appeared in over 150 films and usually performs all his own stunts, resulting in so many injuries he had trouble finding an insurance company.

 

When he was 17, Jackie Chan worked as a stuntman for the Bruce Lee films: “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon”, Chan had his first major breakthrough in 1978 with the film “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow”, which established the comedic kung fu genre, something Chan would be famous for in the future. A close friend of Jackie Chan, Willie Chan helped him in launching his international career. Chan’s first Hollywood was “The Big Brawl” in 1980, followed by “The Cannonball Run” the next year. He returned to Hong Kong films after the commercial failure of “The protector” in 1985, reaching a larger audience in East Asia. His film “The Young Master” beat previous box office records set by Bruce Lee, and established Chan as Hong Kong’s biggest cinema star. The next couple of years marked when Jackie Chan started experimenting with more elaborate and dangerous stunts.

Jackie Chan’s Hollywood breakthrough came in the 1990’s. He refused offers to play villains in these films to avoid being typecast in future roles. Chan’s first blockbuster success came when he co-starred with Chris Tucker in the 1998 action comedy “Rush Hour”, making him into a Hollywood star. A sequel to the film was released in 2001, grossing $347 million, more than double of the first film. “Shanghai Noon” and “Shanghai Knights” released in 2000 and 2003 respectively, continued his Hollywood success. Due to the limited range of roles and lack of control over the film making process resulted in Jackie Chan starting his own film production comapny, JCE Movies Limited (Jackie Chan Emperor Movies Limited) in association with Emperor Multimedia Group. The successful films “New Police Story”, “The Myth”,  “Rob-B-Hood”, and “Rush Hour 3” were all made by him.

Recently, Jackie Chan collaborated with Jet Li (another well known actor in my house), a fellow Chinese actor and martial artist, in “The Forbidden Kingdom”, released in 2008. Chan also voiced Master Monkey in “Kung Fu Panda” and its sequels. In 2010, he starred with Jaden Smith in the modern remake: “The Karate Kid”, popularizing him with kids, as he won the Favorite Buttkicker award at the Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards in 2011. Jackie Chan announced that he would be performing fewer of his own stunts and would take care of his body more at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Chan is a huge football fan and supports the Hong Kong national football team, the England National Football Team, and Manchester City. He also holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Stunts by a Living Actor”.

I chose to do Jackrush hourie Chan for my eminent person because I admire what he does in his line of work. I first heard of him from watching his movies. He is extremely popular among Asians, so many of his movies have made it onto my TV at home. I always thought it was super cool how he did all his stunts without effects and green screens. My favorite movies of his have to be the “Rush Hour” series, and “The Forbidden Kingdom”. Many of his movies I watched when I was little, so I didn’t understand the plot lines of most of them. Now that I am older, I’m planning on re watching some of his best movies. I recently finished Rush Hour (1), I nearly died laughing, the action and dialogue was so creative and funny. I can totally see why it was his breakthrough film in Hollywood.

 

 

My and Jackie Chan have a few similarities: we both do taekwondo, which is one of many martial arts Chan has learned over his life. We also are both asian (obviously), and I share his love of stunting/martial arts, though I’m not brave or skilled enough to pull out the stunts that he does. I hope though studying him I can find out his inspiration and maybe even take away from his work ethic to improve mine. I also want to better manage my time so I will get stressed less than last year.

 

 

 

Vancouver Library Trip!

Wow its been a while since my last post, time to get back into it again!

As part of our Eminent person study, we all took a trip to the Vancouver Public Library as well as Mcleod’s Books for an entire day. Since this trip was before the intro post for eminent, I hadn’t fully decided on my eminent person yet. I had some ideas, but nothing was finalized yet. I really wanted to explore the VPL and Mcleod’s books, as I’ve never been to either of those places. I was looking forward to spending time outside of school with my classmates. With me was my trusty cell phone, ready to take pictures at whatever I wanted. And with that we headed out.

We first did an urban solo, which I thought was a really cool experience. It was different from my nature solo because it was in a city, but similar as it allowed me to really see what was going on without distraction.

My view from my solo spot

My theme for this trip has to have been “adventure”. As I don’t usually go out of coquitlam, much less to Vancouver, it was a fun experience for me. I especially loved Mcleod’s Books, as it was a small bookstore with more books than I could have imagined. The narrow shelves and books piled up to the ceiling really gave me an old fashioned feel. I spent most of my time there browsing the shelves for interesting books, and boy did I find some!

Look at all those books!

After the bookstore, we went to eat lunch. I went to the sushi place across the street which I forgot the name of. The sushi was decent, but I was disappointed when I got a smaller portion of sashimi than I expected. But, it was still enough to keep me from starving until I got home. Our group then headed into the massive Vancouver Public Library!

The entrance to the library

If you read my library post from last year, where we went to the SFU library, then you would know how big I thought the SFU library was. Well, the VPL was at least as big, if not bigger! It definitely was more welcoming than the SFU one because of the architecture. Half my time in the library was probably spent exploring every level and what it contained. My inner kid thought it would be the perfect place for hide and seek, but I’m sure the people there studying and working wouldn’t be too pleased if someone did that. I did search up some books and information on potential eminent people, but I barely got to look for any of them because it took ages to even find one in the library. Before the trip, I was leaning towards doing Jackie Chan as my eminent person, and as I found a whole page of books on the library catalog, I leaned even more towards doing him as my eminent person.

Overall the trip was mainly a cultural event for me, but I did get some research done. I really enjoyed the time I spent with my friends during the trip as well. If I ever need a book, I now know my go to place to look.