Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Essa Abusubaih and Rahaf saad
May 02, 2017
ESL 100

Japanese-American internment camps during world war II

The Japanese American internment camps began when Japan bumped an American tower. The American president Roosevelt signed a rule to evacuate all the Japanese who lived in the West Coust. The Japanese had a week to pack up their selves and to close their businesses. Living in the camps was very hard on the Japanese because the were not citizen and they couldn't vote or own a land. 

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  • Japan bombed the Perl Harbor
  • Roosevelt (America) sent all the japanese in a camps
  • last camps closed in 1946
  • In 1988 America gave the Japanese money.
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  • Japan bombed an American Tower
  • 127,000 japanese American lived in the U.S.
  • All the Japanese American were evacuated to camps
  • Could not own a land
  • Not a natural citizen
  • Had not the right to vote
  • Japanese were given a week to be ready for leaving
  • Closing the Business
  • Roosevelt signed a rule say all the japanese have to move to camps out of west coast.
  • Low wages
  • America apologized to the Japanese american.
  • Got a restitution
  • A celebration day for the Japanese who participate with the american army in World War II

  • Internment: the state of being confined as a prisoner.
  • restitution : get money back
  • Nisei: The Japanese american who were born in the camps
  • Evacuate: remove (someone) from a place of danger to a safe place.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Children's Migrants Jenel, Selina, Wanhua

Jenel, Selina, Wanhua
ESL 100
March 31, 2017

     Child Migrants 
        According to the article “Children’s Migrants” related by ABC News “The invisible crisis small children crossing the US border on their Own". Honduras has become a significant part of the United States territory by sending illegal immigrants in the United States. 

More than 50,000 unaccompanied children captured by the border patrol across the southwest U.S border.

     This is a complicated situation which is involved an urgent humanitarian problem. Because the children suffered inadequate treatment and they look like prisoners. They are sleeping on aluminum foil and insufficient of supplies.

       Children come from all over Central America trying to enter the United States without elders. Moreover, most of the children fled from poverty and violent crime in their country of origin. Feeding these children is the biggest challenge.



Relented. (Verb) 
Def: to cease or abandon intention.
Synonym: relax.
Sentence: My friend relents to argue with his sister. 

Substation. (Noun)
Def: a subordinate station for the police.
Sentence: Thousands of police standing per hour to prevent substation failure. 

Surged. (Verb) 
Def: move suddenly and powerfully forward or upward.
Synonym: deluge, pour
Sentence: The Cubs' fans surged onto the field at the end of the game.

Veering. (Verb)
Def: to change direction suddenly.
Synonym: deviation
Sentence: The students change direction.

Vow. (Noun)
Def: solemnly promise to do a specified thing.
Synonym: engagement
Sentence: Chicago mayor made a vow to reduce crime.

Trek. (Noun)
Def: a long arduous journey.
Synonym: expedition 
Sentence: We trekked across the country in her old car.

Def: cause distress to.
Synonym: disturbing   
Sentence: The process requires too much harrowing.

Daunted. (Verb)
Def: feel intimidated or apprehensive.
Synonym: deter, discourage
Sentence: External dangers failed to daunt.

Bribes. (Noun)
Def: a sum of money or other inducement offered. 
Synonym: reward
Sentence: The police officer received a bribe from his clients

Pledging. (Verb) 
Def: give as security on a loan.
Synonym: Agreement
Sentence: I tried pledging many times but public opinion is sucking majorly.

Monday, April 24, 2017

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)- Also known as Dreamers. Kenny, Rain, Edwin

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in 2012.

  • 750,000 immigrants fear of deportation as Trump selected as President.

  • Trump promised his supporters that he would terminate DACA.

  • Trump insisted that undocumented immigrants should be deported regardless.

  • Obama believes that DACA helps open opportunities for Dreamers to contribute to the community.

Deport (verb): to send someone back to their country

Sentence: he was deported for violation of immigration laws.

Election (noun): a formal choice by vote for political

Sentence: the election continued to take a back seat to everything else happening.

Contribute (verb): to give or to help

Sentence: he contributed more than $500,000 to the center.

Terminate (verb): bring to an end

Sentence: Trump will terminate DACA as his promise.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chinese Exclusion Act - Catherine, Rebecca, Michelle, John

Chinese Exclusion Act

    The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first law prevent a specific ethnic group immigrating to the United States. 

  • Chinese people immigrated to North America since 1848, large laborers rushed into California for gold.
  • President Chester A. Arthur signed a United States federal law on May 6, 1882, It is called The Chinese Exclusion Act for prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The act was initially intended to last for 10 years.
  • In 1892 they renewed the Geary Act and made it permanent in 1902.
  • Those exclusion acts was canceled by the Magnuson Act on December 17, 1943.
  • Wong Kim Ark, the first Chinese American fought for his U.S. citizenship at the Supreme Court in 1898.


(Noun)- an act of keeping apart and blocking an entrance.
Synonym: rejection, exception, segregation
Sentence: Ana was the result of the exclusion in their team last year.

(Noun)- an authorized period of delay.
Synonym: suspensionhalt
Sentence: The court will announce a moratorium later because of the weather.

(Verb)- outlaw or prohibited by law.
Synonym: forbid, disallow, ban
Sentence: In some countries practicing abortion is proscribed.

(Noun)- The transfer of a major branch of industry and ownership or control.
Synonym: communication
Sentence: The President had passed a law regarding the nationalization of certain companies.  

(Noun)- Prolonged period of misfortune
Synonym: blockade, assault
Sentence: The Wilson’s had been suffering in siege for a year.

(Noun)- descendants of a person or future generation of people.
Synonym: future generations, progeny, heirs
Sentence: My grandmother made a book with all of our names for posterity.

(Verb)- make up for something
Synonym: pay, reimburse
Sentence: Cathy needs to compensate with her husband because she forgot their anniversary. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Travel Ban: Nicole, Zhuorui, Lina

President Trump's Travel Ban

On January 27th president Trump instituted a travel ban. The ban prevents citizens of seven countries in the Middle East and Africa from entering the U.S. President Trump states that the ban is to protect the U.S. from terror attacks. Many people got stranded in airports, or were detained by the police. Families and loved ones were separated from each other. During the days following the controversial ban, people protested all over the U.S., and the rest of the world to show their support for immigrants and refugees.

  • People are protesting all over the country
  • Travel Ban separates couples
  • Two federal judges refuse President Trump's Travel Ban
  • The interest in traveling to the U.S. decreases
  • Other Muslim countries are not included
  • Technology Ban

Are you in favor of President Trump's Travel Bans?

  1. Predominantly (adv)
Meaning: To indicate which feature or quality is most noticeable in a situation.
Sentence: The votes were predominantly supported by the government.
Synonym: mainly, mostly, principally
  1. Beseeching (verb)
Meaning: Ask or request earnestly.
Sentence: Amy besought him to tell her the truth.
Synonym: begging, implore, request
  1. Psychotherapist (noun)
Meaning: Who deals with mental and emotional disorders.
Sentence: The psychotherapist can analyze the cause of his autism.
Synonym: clinical psychologist
  1. Restrict (verb)
Meaning: Put a limit on in order to reduce or prevent.
Sentence: I restrict myself to play only for one hour.
Synonym: limit, constrain, confine
  1. Retaliated (verb)
Meaning: take revenge on someone who harms or annoys you
Sentence: Jacky wants to retaliate his brother because his brother always puts the blame on him.
Synonym: revenge, avenge
  1. Scrambled (verb)
Meaning: to move hurriedly, in an awkward way
Sentence: You have to learn scramble and move quickly.
Synonym: rush, jumble
  1. Hesitant (adj)
Meaning: You do not do it quickly or immediately, usually because you are uncertain, embarrassed, or worried.
Sentence: He was very shy and hesitant when he was making a decision.
Synonym: cautious, diffident, uncertain
  1. Courtship (noun)
Meaning: The period in which two people have a romantic relationship that often leads to a marriage.
Sentence: They married after a long courtship.
Synonym: engagement
  1. Stranded (adj)
Meaning: Unable to leave somewhere because of a problem.
Sentence: The stranded tourists were finally sent home.
Synonym: aground, stuck
  1. Vaccinated (verb)
Meaning: To prevent the people from getting a disease.  
Sentence: She was vaccinated against the chickenpox when she was 10 years old.
Synonym: immunize

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Lasting Journey

A lasting Journey

Life is a lasting rocky journey. People around the world migrate for different reasons. They leave their homeland and go to a place where they don’t know anyone and start from scratch. During World War II my ancestors decided to leave since the financial crisis in China had gotten worse which led to my relatives to find help from other blood relatives and think of another way to survive. During that time the economy around the world and many people were affected by the war.

My grandfather’s father was one of the known businessmen in their place since they had a big Chinese Herbal Medicine Shop and they traded many products because they were located in “Xiamen Amoy”, China, which is near the seashore, a wealthy place since it was one of the greatest ports in their time. The port handled many import and export products that are transported around the world, but due to the war, my grandfather’s father and other businessmen were banned from trading. Since that time all the ports were being raided and controlled by the government because they were still paranoid of the war. Being an optimist, my grandfather’s father refused to leave China and still continued selling Chinese herbal medicine even though the business was already dying. They also tried starting other businesses, but none worked due to the port being tightly guarded by the government. 
Due to that situation, their lives slowly turned around. They sold almost all their belongings and started asking relatives to live with them to sustain the Chinese medicine shop and help with the expenses. However, even given the situation, their father still refused to go elsewhere and saw it as a temporary situation, which was really not the case. Being the eldest of the four siblings and wanting to prove a point, my grandfather’s eldest brother and my grandfather at towed, disobeyed their parents that caused the broken family. They ventured and hoped for a great adventure that might help their family’s situation. With the help of “The Ong- Lim Association”, which was also a long line relatives of the family that are known for venturing and trading products to different countries, They escaped helped them by slipping them with tourist and builders which were designated to go to the Philippines for leisure, work and for low profile.

After venturing to the Philippines, My grandfather and his brother used their remaining packed belongings for collateral and planned to start a small business. Since the currency in the Philippines is much lower compared to China, they were able to have a decent start. The Philippines were known to have bountiful natural resources, so it got my grandfather and his brother’s interest and they start in selling retail spices and grains. They made a small business that slowly started growing. To make it grow even faster, my grandfather’s brother started making bigger business transactions. The business was going well, and they were already planning to get their parents and other siblings from China to help them in the new business when an unexpected business tragedy happened that caused my grandfather to be left alone in a foreign land. His brother was killed over a robbery and business disagreement. Scared but not wanting to go back home to China empty handed, he tried to continue running the business.  However, due to his extreme fear of making business transactions and grieving over his dead brother, the business started having loans that in the end cause for it to fall.  After my grandfather’s older brother’s death, he went to the association again to ask if they could deliver the news to his family back in China, but he never got any reply. That gesture made my grandfather decide not to go back to China because he assumed that didn’t have a family to return to anymore. Whether they were already dead or just angry with my grandfather is an untold mystery. Struggling to survive, he sold the remaining business and went to the Philippines-China town where he found friends that they met on the ship they rode on the way to the Philippines. With the help of his friends and the association, he was able to get a job as a worker in a famous Chinese company publishing newspaper, which was known as “Chinese Commercial News”.

After working and getting promoted, my grandfather gained many Chinese friends and continued living in the Philippines. He was able to stand on his own and rent a place with his friends outside the Chinatown. In the same neighborhood was where he met my grandmother. My grandmother was half Filipino and half Chinese, which was why their culture was not so different. Their marriage bore four children, three girls and one boy, which is my father. My grandfather continued working for the newspaper company until his last breath. He never thought of starting a business again because of Chinese superstition that he was bad luck in starting his own business, and also he was afraid that he might get the same faith as his eldest brother.

My grandfather lived a low-profile life after his older brother’s death but beyond that, he still was a great brave man since he was able to handle all and stand up from falling no matter how many problems was thrown at him. Life is a lasting rocky journey. He found a new home and lived a contented happy life in the Philippines with his own family.