Remember how at the end of summer I was super gung-ho about posting a “Learn->study->explain” post each week?
Well, I think the fact that I haven’t posted a single one yet 3 weeks into term shows you how much of a flop that whole plan was.
Why haven’t I posted one yet?
- I’m not really sure how to word the thing without basically retyping out all my notes, which won’t exactly help me memorize the content (there is a reason I always handwrite my notes in class). Also, there might be the issue of inadvertently violating the copyright of the class material.
- I’m wasting my down time right now because my brain is still in vacation mode – what with the typhoon 2 weeks ago, Mid Autumn festival off last week and National day today
- It’s hard to organize the thing, since a lot of the content that stretches over several lectures
So instead of just typing out all my notes, I’m going to write a weekly reflection thing similar to what I did when doing CAS. What I mean by that is I will record hours spent on the material and rate how productive I was in each aspect.
In other news…
I’ve been spending some of my free time listening to the Christine Blasey Ford & Brett Kavanaugh testimony. It’s 10 hours long, but I feel as though I need to watch the whole thing, instead of just watching short clips of it.
There have been moments in my life where I feel as though I am part of history in the making.
Up until now, the short list of events consists of mainly the 2008 & 2016 elections, Snowden protests, and the Occupy Central/ Umbrella Revolution. This hearing is now on that list.
Because it marks a watershed moment in how we as not just Americans, but people as a whole, view issues related to sexual assault.
Because it shows how politicians are increasingly choosing their party over the people they represent.
Because it demonstrates a sea-change of people pointing to an issue and bringing it out into the light.
I am also a bit disturbed.
At how quickly seemingly bipartisan issues become politicized in today’s political climate.
At how fast outrage is generated in the masses through social media or traditional news organizations.
At what this means for the future of my country and its people.
I don’t know what the future brings, I can only state my thoughts and hope for the best.
Despite living in Hong Kong for so long, I still consider myself an American, specifically a Texan.
It’s where I was born.
It’s where I grew up and spent most my life.
It’s where I think of when you ask about my “hometown”.
I guess I feel so invested in this because while the decisions made don’t directly impact my day to day life here in HK, the implications have started to shift the way I view the USA I grew up to love.
Perhaps this is a bit too on the nose and patriotic for most of my audience, but I believe that the USA can be – and is at its heart – better than it is at the moment.
So I urge you, if you haven’t already – Register to Vote!
I’ve made a blog post in the past on how to do so in less than 20 minutes, so you have no excuse not to (well unless you aren’t eligable to). Whether you are voting in state, absentee or are an overseas citizen, I’ve got you covered.
Thank you Christine Blasey Ford & all of the other women who have come out with their stories.
Your bravery inspires us all.