Personal Response; Identity Papers

When I read Identity papers by James Hsu, it made me think about the different stereotypes and racist comments that people make and say to other people. Once you make this comment and tell it to different generations, this racism and un-called for stereotypes will become a habit then other people will start to believe what they’ve been told.


The article made me think about what if the person who offered to swap the money actually did exchange the cash instead of stealing it, would the story that James Hsu was told ever exist? Would the stereotype “Mainland Chinese […]

James Hsu’s Identity Papers

Hsu mentions that he held both strong positive and strong negative stereotypes about Chinese people. This is strange until he explains that he bad-mouths the Chinese to rebel against his mother. “Part of why I did it [bad-mouth segments of Chinese people], I’m sure, was just to piss off my mom. I was living out a kind of delayed teenage rebellion.” (P3, S2) He held some of the beliefs (positive and negative) because he was partially Canadian, and Canada has a different system of government than mainland China does.

He also held some of the positive stereotypes because, in some […]

Identity Papers – James Hsu

Identity Papers by James Hsu can be interpreted in many ways. The first time I read it I thought about how people can have different perspectives of the same thing after different ages. This piece of writing is like this because the writer, Hsu, changes his opinion many times as his age progresses. After reading the writing a second time I also saw how a single act of kindness can change someone’s opinion about something or someone. In this case, a lowdown act of stealing money from unknowing tourists and how it changed how a whole family thinks about entire […]

Searching for Home

I am Alejandro Vega Yudico, Mexican, born in Indiana, USA, raised in different parts of the world. I am known as Alex, Alex Vega or Vega to my friends, this would be because Alejandro is a foreign name, difficult to pronounce with not having a latin accent and because it is too long. My family calls me Jano, which would be my nickname. The name Jano came from when I was recently born and my older sister could not pronounce Alejandro. When she attempted to say my name she would mumble and you would understand the random word jano.

When […]

Searching for Home

My life has been mostly spent in the UK, until this year when I moved to Suzhou. We never just stayed in one place in England. By the time I was five I had probably lived at six different addresses and each place I had lived in was considered my ‘home’, yet now I can barely remember any of them. My first (well, actually my seventh) ‘real’ home was in Chepstow, a small town in the south of Wales not too far from Cardiff. I remember the day we moved into our house. We had seen it previously, but […]


‘Where are you from?’ your asking. Well that really does depend on what you mean by that. If by that you were asking me my place of birth then my answer would be completely different if you were to ask me where I lived longest, or maybe your asking where my parents are from.

When it comes to this question, I am split half way, sometimes leaning over to one or the other. I do not have a certain place, which I call home. By this I mean that I consider both Russia and England home. In Russia I lived […]

Searching For Home – Tristan Greene 10X-

By 2006 I didn’t know whether China was my home or America. I was 7 when I first move to China but didn’t know the difference of either country. Being in America was different because I learned and about America only, whilst I barely knew about this country in the middle of nowhere. My memory is very vague when it comes to thinking about this subject since I was so young. Just thinking about the move really brings back great memories. Leaving all my family, friends and my new school I just started was extremely hard, whilst also being mad […]

Search for Home

I was born in Malaysia, February 3rd 1999. My family and I lived in house close to the beach. Although life wasn’t great there, it was good enough. It was simple. I’ve been living in Suzhou for the majority of my life, about 13 years. April 15th 2001 was when I first moved to China with both my brothers and parents. It didn’t really matter that I was moving I was young anyway. I don’t remember much during my two-year stay in Malaysia other than me spilling water on my dads phone, I couldn’t remember much after the incident because […]

Searching for home

I used to live in this small town in the North East of France, about 100 km away from Germany. What I used to consider as my home was this house located in the countryside right next to a cornfield, about 80 kilometres away from the region’s capital city: Strasbourg. I have spent most of my childhood there, in this house, and so did my mother when she was about my age.

Since the day I entered Senior School in France I could just walk to the campus and I’d be there five minutes after only. So everyday I would […]

Searching for Home

When I was little I always thought Belgium was my home. But home isn’t always where your parents are from or where you go visit your relatives. Germany was my home. The four years before I moved to China were the best I ever had- I felt more comfortable there than I did in Belgium, Poland, or any place I’d ever lived in. The city I lived in, in Germany was very modern, there was a lot to do, and everything was close. We shared our house with my best friend’s family, and there was one of the biggest rivers […]

Searching for home

I have no home, not in my mind. I would not say that a house is a home. In my mind, a home is the idea that you belong in that place and that the better place can be no better than this place, a home is a reason to stay and a desire to stay and all the stories that come with the place. While a house is to live in, and the amount of emotions that come out of a house are limited. The difference is immense when it comes to describing your house. When it is considered […]

Searching for Home

I was born in Vancouver, Canada. It is technically where most old aged seniors go to grow old. There aren’t a lot of job offers in Vancouver so my family moved to Beijing, China. It’s quite a dirty place to be honest. The air is filled with pollution and apparently, living in china seemed like smoking 2 cigarettes a day, but china was where my mother was born and raised and she loved the country, the culture and the food. My grandparents were traditional chinese folks. My mother grew up to be interested in the western culture so when she […]

Searching for Home

Home for me used to be in Gloucester, England and this was my home for the majority of my life. Gloucester is a tiny city about two hours south west of London and isn’t very well known. The truth is, although Gloucester has its perks and beauty spots, there isn’t much there. Sure we have the cathedral, old Tudor houses, museums and the best KFC in England, (although I’m sure some people would disagree with me) but that’s about it. Most shops are closing down and I don’t think there is a wall without graffiti in the main city. Don’t […]

Searching for home

I was born in Sweden, in a little town just above Denmark and I was raised there for the first 5 years of my life. Yet China is now the place I call home. April 8th 2005 was the day my parents first told my brother and I that we are moving to China. As a child in Sweden I didn’t know a lot about China. I knew it was on the other side of the world, but that was all. In the blink of an eye everything was changing. It felt like my entire life was hastily flipped upside […]

CW3 P1 V1: Lies We Tell Kids

Dear Mr. Graham

In my opinion you have covered most to cover in the different ways about how parents or adults lie to kids. Drugs and Sex and mainly protection are very important lies and in my opinion it is important for parents to tell their kids lies. But what I don’t think you have covered in your essay is the magnitude of the lies, should lying to kids continue until they are grown up should the parents tell them or should the kid find out himself.

Drugs is a very controversial topic as many people think that drugs should […]

CW3P2V1 Response to a Text “What you can’t Say”

Dear Mr. Graham,

I am writing to you to discuss a few points with you on your essay What You Can’t Say. This essay is one of the most interesting essays that raised a lot of questions and reflections in my mind, and I would like to share some of them with you. With your stupendous range of knowledge on just about every subject, I was almost forced to tune up my brain power to 110% when I’m reading your essay, as there are so much to chew up, munch upon and for me to digest.

Firstly I would like […]

Dear Paul Graham


Dear Paul Graham,

Recently I have read your essay “What You Can’t Say” and even though it is quite amusing, I am quite confused about several things. You seem to have a wide amount of knowledge and seem to be well experienced. The real question that really hit me, was ‘What do you gain out of all this?’ There will be students who will read it and eventually forget it and eventually the essay will be in the bin because the student did not enjoy it/understand it. Perhaps though some one who is interested in this ideology reads it, […]

CW3 P2 V1

February 10, 2013

Dear Mr. Paul Graham,

I have been reading your essay “What You Can’t Say” and I have to say that I agree with you. In this essay, you wrote about what you should not / cannot say in front of other people. Your essay included lots of examples, which made it very easy to understand even though I had no background knowledge about this area.

I think that almost everyone in the world have something that they think is better to keep it to themselves. In the essay, you mentioned Galileo’s story, that he got into […]

Response to “What You Can’t Say” by Paul Graham

Dear Paul Graham,

Few days ago, I read your essay “What You Can’t Say”. I had to read this essay over and over again to find out what you were actually trying to say. While reading this essay, I was a little bit astounded by how many examples you used and how much knowledge you had. When reading the “Trouble” section of the essay, it raised me so many questions.

You said that we could simply find out what we can’t say by looking at things that get people in trouble. However, even when people are saying the truth, they […]

What you can’t say – Paul Graham CW3 P2

Dear Mr Graham,

Hi, Mr Graham I’m called Jun Ho and I’ve recently read one of your essays, “What you can’t say”. Once I read your essay at the very first, I was amazed by how various and deep knowledge that you have shown on your essay. I mean you’ve covered so much topics such as The Conformist Test, Trouble, Time and Space, Prigs etc (My personal favorite subject was Penesieri Stretti! The word’s meaning is kind of cool!) but in each topics I could see that you had great knowledge in each of them and have put great effort […]

What You Can’t Say – Paul Graham CW3 P2

Dear Mr.Graham,

I have been studying your essay “what you can’t say” and i would like to tell you my thoughts about it. While reading this essay i was blown away by how intelligent you are. Your essay covered a lot of topics such as The conformist test, trouble, why and heresy. They were all interesting, but my favorite was “Pensieri Stretti” ( concealed thoughts, you can think it but not say it. Smile at everyone, don’t tell them what you are thinking.)

The way you started off Pensieri Stretti was very interesting and I agree with a lot of […]

Letter To Paul Graham_HJ

Dear Mr Graham

As I read through this essay, I amazed how wide and deep your knowldge is. This essay was most informative essay I ever read because in this essay, you’ve covered a range of things starting with Fashion, conformist test, heresy and you even talked about “pensieri stretti & il viso sciolto”(means closed thoughts and an open face. Smile at everyone, don’t tell them what you’re thinking). I really like your essay because it has answer to almost every question I thought of before I read this esssay. “What I can’t say” is a essay that makes way […]

What You Can’t Say – Paul Graham CW3 P2

Dear Mr. Graham,

I think I speak for all of us when I say that this piece of literature does represent us, reflect us, it speaks to us. Your theme, of course, is one that is very present in modern day society. We are commended as tactful when we do not say we what think. We consider other people’s emotions, as certain concepts are so valued that they must be right, especially morally and ethically. Yet as you state in your essay, these values may not be right, this might be the reason why people are so anxious to protect […]

CW3 What You Can’t Say

Febuary 13, 2013

Dear Mr.Graham,

I have recently been studying one of your essays, “What You Can’t Say,” and have wanted to tell you my thoughts and how I felt after reading it.

There are a million thoughts in a person’s mind that he keeps to himself rather than telling it to the people around him. Your essay mentions Galileo’s story, which tells me that if the person were to say what he was thinking, then he would get into serious or at least into a little trouble. I do believe that […]

Dear Paul Graham CW3:P2

February 8th , 2013

Dear Mr. Paul Graham,

I am very much stunned at the extent of your knowledge. How on Earth did you manage to fabricate such an informative essay? What I Can’t Say is definitely one of those essays that completely blows people’s minds. It certainly did that to me. The essay’s topic itself is one of those challenging speculations in which you undeniably put a lot of effort into deciphering it. It is a very demanding task for most of us to convey just one of those points in your essay […]

CW3 P1 What Can’t You Say By Paul Graham & What I Say About It

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dear Paul Graham

This essay raises a lot of questions but it is also very intriguing. Before reading this essay and just by looking at the title I could guess what kind of topics will come in the essay and for most of them I was right. But what you really surprised me about and also what I really appreciate about this essay is the number of angles you took to look at such a deep topic.

You clearly explained in the first few pages that its better to look to the past which […]

Personal Response to The Merchant Of Venice

When watching The Merchant of Venice, It made me think about why our race is so discriminative. why do people treat others differently just because of their religion? What makes them any different? Do people just not want to accept difference and decide to make the other people feel miserable?

The Merchant of Venice showed me that people treat others with a different religion with no respect. Shylock for example is a jew in The Merchant of Venice. He is discriminated because of his religion. Shylock was accused of attempting to murder Antonio with his pound of flesh contract. If […]

Down the Mine Response Letter – Shawn Hsu

December 7th 2012

Dear Mr.Orwell,

Having read your essay “Down the Mine” recently, I thought it was truly inspiring. It must have been quite the experience for you, for that, I am some how jealous. Although through your educational essay I understood that life down the mine was the exact portrayal of a mine, yet I would still like to experience it for myself during the life I’m living in right now. It really brought up questions that I have never given much thought to before, including my favourite sentence in the essay, and I quote:

Our […]

CW3 Response to a text: “A man. A woman. Just Friends?”

The essay “A man. A Woman. Just Friends?” written by William Deresiewicz discusses friendship between men and woman. It questions if platonic friendships are possible, or if sex will always get in the way. I thought along time about whether I agreed or disagreed with a man and woman being able to just have a platonic friendship. However, no matter how long I thought about it my answer still stayed the same as what it was when I read the title of the essay for the first time. It depends. I believe you simply cannot say yes or no to […]

CW3 V1 Letter to George Orwell (Slang: “Whats Up George”)


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dear George Orwell,

I have read your essay “Down The Mine” and I truly like how you have captured and made me interested about the mines. You have given me information that I never knew before. I also thought that the description and the emotions that was in the essay was breathtaking. How ever there was this one question that I must ask you, when you were writing this essay who exactly did you have it in mind for. Was it rich people was it old or young people children or adults.

I […]

Letter – Down the mine

December 6, 2012

Dear Mr. Orwell,


Hi, Mr. Orwell. I’ve read your descriptive writing “Down the Mine”. The reason why I’m sending you this letter is because I want to briefly talk to you about it. I want to ask you some questions and my personal opinion if you don’t mind. Well, I hope you don’t mind! To start off with the questions, I would like to ask you about your personal idea and feelings the moment you went into the mine. In the descriptive writing you wrote in detail about what it is like down there in […]

CW3: Response to ‘The Great Gatsby’ and the Obscene Word

9th December 2012 Mr. Will,

I have read your essay, “The Great Gatsby” and the Obscene Word, recently. I am amused by your ideas and analytical skill. Your essay has leaded me to another level of viewing the novel. After reading your essay, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is no longer only a tragic love story. Every character has turned into a symbol; Gatsby is no longer Gatsby. From page 130 to 132, you have discussed about the ‘reality’ and ‘unreality’. The quotation about the ‘Owl Eyes’ very well explained your assertion.

“As a figure who, like Doctor T. J. Eckleberg, is […]

Response to “Herstory” and Daisy Buchanan

December 7th, 2012

Dear Mr. Person Jr:

First of all, I think analyzing one of the main characters that can’t speak for themselves is a great essay topic; because, this means that each of their actions or characteristics is even more symbolical. The main feature Nick notices about Daisy is her voice: “It was the kind of voice,” Nick says, “that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again” (p.9) .

Questioning the reliability of Nick is precisely what makes the reader of your essay […]

CW3 Respond to “Unreliable Narration in The Great Gatsby”

7th December

Dear Mr. Boyle

Recently, I read your essay about the “Unreliable Narration in The Great Gatsby”. Your essay shows me a new insight towards “The Great Gatsby”, but most of all it reveals to me a new perspective of Nick Carraway.

To start off, I agree the point you made about the “distance between the narrator’s perception and the reader’s perception”. I believe that this is indeed true. Though Nick’s narration he gave us the impression that he is an honest, non-judgmental, knowledgeable, moral man, not “shallow, confuse, hypocritical, and immoral”. We are incline to think that […]

CW3 Response to Greatness of Gatsby

Dear Mr. Samuels,

Your essay on “The Greatness of Gatsby” gave me new insight. Your essay taught me to look at the book as a whole rather than to just focus on analyzing the characters. When I first saw the topic of your essay, I thought it was just going to be about how great the character “Gatsby” was. However after having read your essay, I realized that it was about how great the whole novel, “The Great Gatsby” was.

I am totally fond of the way you brought in works of other novels to help enhance the explanation as […]

Down the Mine

6 December 1938


Dear Mr. Orwell,


Hello, I am a miner working near Wigan. I have read your essay Down the Mine from The Road to Wigan Pier, and I think it is a very interesting essay describing our daily job in a very detailed way. I heard that you actually stayed with the miners to write this essay, and I appreciate it, because most people never think about how hard mining is, and use coals without thinking much.


However, you not only wrote about how hard it is to get to the coalmine, but you […]

CW3 – Response to “Herstory” and Daisy Buchanan

December 8 2012

Dear Mr. Person,

I have recently read your essay on “Herstory” and Daisy Buchanan. What I find interesting was the fact that you have observed ‘The Great Gatsby’ in a different point of view I am marveled that the book can be interpreted in a diverse way. Every argument has its own evidence to support the statement, which is another area where I am astonished to. Unlike the book which progress from Nick’s point of view, the argument in the essay is that Daisy is not a victimizer, but a victim likewise Gatsby. However despite of all […]

Letter To George Orwell_HJ

November 20, 2008

Dear Mr Orwell

I am sending this letter because I am so fascinated by your essay, “Down The Mine”. I never thought of life down the mine even if I am using electricity generated from coal which was gathered from the miners. You have inspired me with your deep, detailed description of the agony of the miners. I wish I could write a brilliant essay like you.

I was surprised when I heard that you actually went down the mine, not interview miners how terrible the condition of the mine is. I think that […]

Down the Mine, by George Orwell

Dear Mr. Orwell, 20th december, 1947

I am intrigued as well as astonished by the quality of your writing, yet somewhat disturbed by the subject of it. I do not completely agree with your findings, however ingeniously displayed. I ask you: how can you be so negative about these mines?

Firstly, I’d like to point out that these mines are the older ones, and therefore obviously also the more traditional ones. As we all know, traditionally the lives of men and their working conditions were not respected as they are now, so these are only the worst cases.

I do, […]

CW3, Response to a text: “Herstory” and Daisy Buchanan

7th December 2012

Dear Mr. Person

I read your essay “Herstory” and Daisy Buchanan, and found it very interesting. It really made me think about a lot of things I hadn’t already considered while reading The Great Gatsby, and helped me get a deeper understanding of the novel. Your essay obviously made me see Daisy in a different light, as I looked at her pretty negatively before, similarly to the people’s opinions that you describe in your introductory paragraph. However, after reading your essay it really made me think a lot about Daisy, and now I definitely feel more […]

Response to Herstory by Mr. Person, Jr.

Dear Mr. Person, Jr.

I am writing this letter to highlight and discuss some ideas that you expressed in your essay “Herstory”.

First I want to say that this essay was unique. Not only did you take the issue from the opposite side that most people write from, but also your arguments in your essay ultimately convinced me that Daisy really wasn’t the love-crushing monster I once thought of her. Another point that I found fascinating was the fact that you expressed that you think Daisy is the victim in the story, not the victimizer that many of us portray […]

Response To ‘Down the Mine’

December 6 2012


Dear Mr. Orwell,

I have recently read your essay ‘Down the Mine’ and can I just say it was ridiculous. Your essay is filled with all these exaggerated details and curious ideas. Your essay has damaged the coal company as now curious high-class people begin wandering into mines expecting to see some sort of magical wonder that you describe in your essay. In the end we end up with us spending an hour trying to drag elegant ladies covered in black and scarred for life out of our mines.

You make coal minds sound like some […]

Salutations to George Orwell-Eric

December 7th, 2012

Dear Mr. Orwell,

First and foremost, I have to say, I rarely have the chance and luck to write and have letters received by one of the most legendary authors in history. It is with great pleasure that I greet you with; though I have so much to say, I have to make do with this short letter of congratulations and praise on my behalf. I really hope that you have time to read and reply to this letter as I truly enjoyed reading a great variety of your books, including […]

The Destructors by Graham Greene

The Destructors by Graham Greene is a short story that takes place a short time after the world war. The story is about a gang who commits daily small harmless crimes. Trevor, a new member of the gang, comes up with a plan to destroy Old misery’s house. He becomes the leader and the gang destroys the old man’s House while he is on a two day holiday. Even though he comes back early, they lock him in the bathroom and finish their work until the house is completely destroyed. I think that the boys should not have destroyed the […]

The Custody of the Pumpkin

The short story ‘The Custody of the Pumpkin’ by P.G. Wodehouse is about Lord Emsworth who cares more about his pumpkin than about his son who secretly marries Aggie, who is a sort of cousin of the Lord’s gardener. As Lord Emsworth finds out the is very upset because he thinks, now, that his son married this poor girl, he will have to support them with his money. In his anger he fires the gardener. A bit later he starts to regret it because since the gardener left, there is nobody left to take care of his pumpkin which is […]

“The Custody of the Pumpkin” Response

The short story that I read is called “The Custody of the Pumpkin” written by P.G Wodehouse. At first the title of the short story really caught my attention and if the author’s goal was to get the readers’ attention, it worked. The title “The Custody of the Pumpkin” doesn’t make sense at all. Why on Earth would a pumpkin have a custody. All though it doesn’t make sense, it literally grabs the attention of the reader and makes us laugh with a funny humor. Not only the title is humorous but the whole short story is extremely funny and […]

The Custody of the Pumpkin by P.G. Wodehouse

” The custody of the Pumpkin” is a short story by British comic writer P.G. Wodehouse. The Themes of the book are : humiliation, Prejudice, materialism, arrogance, social class difference and Sarcasm and humour. This story is about a Lord, who can only think about his pumpkins , instead of his son. The Lord who is a protagonist sees his son kissing a girl who is the cousin of his head-gardener. He straight away fires his gardener and the girl. The Lord then feels regret and he goes to London to try get him back. When he goes there he […]

A Fly in the Ointment – V.S Pritchett

After reading the short story that’s called “A Fly in the Ointment” written by V.S Pritchett, it leaves us with quite a few questions. In the story a young man called Harold feels pity for his father and goes to encourage him whose company has just been bankrupted. Harold and his father both are shy to each other as they met. From here we can know that it’s odd when a father and a son meets together they get shy. Why would a father and a son be unfamilar to each other?

“And now I haven’t a penny in the […]

CW3 Draft 2~Response to “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?”

Response to “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?”

This is an interesting piece of essay as one is able to look at it at different angles. One angle at which a person can look at is, does one tries to understand this essay with a religion point of view? It actually all depends on what kind of person one is. The character and personality of one would affect the way in which one thinks about when one reads this essay. This essay, written by William Deresiewicz, talks about two things. The first is if a man and women can be […]

Response to “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?”

Response to “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?”

The essay “A Man. A Woman. Just Friends?” was written by William Deresiewicz, and was published in April 7, 2012. It talks about whether or not a relationship between two people of the opposite sex can ever be not sexual, and just be built on platonic love. Although this is what is argued, he always comes around to the statement that sex always gets in the way.

Firstly what is platonic love? The dictionary states that Platonic love is a relationship that is intimate and affectionate, but is not sexual. Can an […]

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