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He Zizhen

posted Jun 13, 2010, 10:16 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated Jun 13, 2010, 10:29 PM ]

3.) Pick an event/group/person from the book that you want to learn more about. Research and report your findings
Hè Zǐzhēn (September 1909 - April 19 1984) was the second wife of Mao Zedong from May 1928 to 1939.
She was born in Yunshan , Jiangxi and joined the Communist Youth League in 1925. She graduated from the Yongxin Girls' School  and joined the Communist Party of China in 1926. He Zizhen was introduced to Mao Zedong at Jinggangshan by Yuan Wencai, a classmate of her elder brother, in the spring of 1928. In 1937 she travelled to the Soviet Union to treat an illness, later attending the Moscow East University and returning to China in 1948.
During the nine years from 1928 to 1937, as Mao's wife and secretary, He Zizhen gave birth to three sons and three daughters, but only the third daughter, Li Min, remained by their side. He and Mao's other daughters were given away after birth, and two sons died after birth while the others' whereabouts became unknown during the Long March. Despite He's loyalty to Mao even during the harshest times of the war, Mao still kept on having affairs with other women. In 1937, the 28-year-old He Zizhen often saw Mao dating his beautiful female translator Wu Guanghui. She would not tolerate it, and quarreled with Mao constantly. When He Zizhen came back to China in 1947, Mao had already married Jiang Qing, so He could not return to Beijing. She later became the chair of Zhejiang Province Women's Union. In 1984, He Zizhen died alone in Shanghai.

Chiang Kai-shek

posted Jun 13, 2010, 10:14 PM by khaliah jones

3.) Pick an  event/group/person from the book that you want to learn more about. research and report your findings.

    Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese military and political leader who led the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) for five decades and was head of state of the Chinese Nationalist government between 1928 and 1949. Chiang Kai-shek (also known as Jiang Jieshi) was born on 31 October 1887 in Zhejiang, an eastern coastal province of China. His father was a merchant. At the age of 18 he went to military training college in Japan. He returned to China in 1911 to take part in the uprising that overthrew the Qing Dynasty and established a Chinese republic. Chiang became a member of the Chinese Nationalist Party (known as the Kuomintang or KMT), founded by Sun Yat-sen. Supported by Sun Yat-sen, Chiang was appointed commandant of the Whampoa Military Academy in Canton in 1924, where he built up the Nationalist army. After Sun's death in 1925, Chiang became leader of the KMT. He spearheaded the Northern Expedition which reunified most of China under a National Government based in Nanjing. In 1928, he led the suppression of the Chinese Communist Party. In 1946, civil war broke out between the KMT and the Communists. In 1949, the Communists were victorious, establishing the People's Republic of China. Chiang and the remaining KMT forces fled to the island of Taiwan. There Chiang established a government in exile which he led for the next 25 years. This government continued to be recognised by many countries as the legitimate government of China, and Taiwan controlled China's seat in the United Nations until the end of Chiang's life. He died on 5 April 1975.

Tiananmen Square Massacre

posted Jun 13, 2010, 9:53 PM by khaliah jones

    I found another video of the tiananmen square protest.

Did Gandhi bring his family with him on his trips?

posted Apr 27, 2010, 6:57 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated May 10, 2010, 7:38 PM ]

No. In September 1888, at age 18, Gandhi left India, without his wife and newborn son, in order to study to become a barrister (lawyer) in London. Ghandi did not bring his family to South Arifca with him, but in 1896 Gandhi went back to India for six months to receive his wife and children. However,  In 1914 Gandhi went to England with his family and a companion to meet a friend. 


posted Apr 27, 2010, 6:33 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated May 10, 2010, 5:48 PM ]

   Hinduism is both polytheistic, and pantheistic.  There are three gods that compose Brahman – Brahma, Vishnu,Dharma and Shiva.  Hindus also worship the “wives” of Shiva, such as Kali, or one of Vishnu’s ten incarnations (avatars).   There are  millions of Hindu gods and goddesses – by some counts, as many as 330 million.
Brahma: The highest powered god, also known as , the sky, space, and universe all together.
Vishnu: The preserver and protector of creation. Vishnu is the embodiment of mercy and goodness, the self- existent, all pervading power that preserves the universe and maintains the cosmic oder.
Dharma: The moral law combined with spiritual discipline that guides one's life.
Shiva: The destroyer of the world.


posted Apr 18, 2010, 7:15 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated Apr 18, 2010, 7:59 PM ]

1. Why does Vikas Swarup choose the name "Ram Mohammad Thomas" for his protagonist?
    I think Vikas Swarup chose this name for the protagonist to show that he does not know his own religion which means he doesn't know his own identity. It seems as if, people in India Identify themselves by their religion, but Ram on the other hand, doesn't knoe his identity nor his religion.

General Questions 2

posted Apr 7, 2010, 8:34 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 9:28 PM ]

1.What did you find surprising about the information introduced in this book?

I found it really surprising that the information was so real and that things like this in the world actually occur. I knew events like this really happened, but i never really seen/ read an insight so realistic.

2.How has reading They Poured Fire changed your ideas about the people and country of Sudan? 

Reading this book actually gave me ideas about Sudan and it's people. I didn't really have any ideas about Sudan or the people of Sudan because before hearing about this book I never even heard of Sudan. This book informed me on the war in Sudan and on the history of Sudan.

3.How did this book make you feel about your own life?

              This book actually made me appreciate my life more. I can't say it helped me appreciate school more becuase I still don't like school , but I do appreciate my education. After reading about how hard other people's lives are, it makes me see how blessed I am to live in a country where evryone is equal and I appreciate my freedom more.

4.Is the situation in Sudan a war or genocide?  What is happening today in that country?

Sudan's situation actually seems more like genocide. The war is between two different ethnic groups and the government is trieng to wipe out the Dinka. Today there is still war within sudan.

5.What do you think America’s role should be when these terrible things are happening around the world and innocent victims like children are suffering and dying?

I think America should try to help other countries that is suffering with problems like Sudan. I think we , as Americans should come to together when parts of the world began to suffer. Thousands of people say they wish for world peace, but only 2% of those people acually do something about it. I don't believe peace would be completly spread worldwide, but it doesn't hurt to try and I may never know unless we try.



General Questions

posted Apr 7, 2010, 4:27 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 7:46 PM ]

  1. General QuestionsWhat does the African proverb at the beginning of the book, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled” mean to you?

             This proverb, to me, means either, you're actions effect others around you or when you fight evreyone around you also suffers.

        2. Most of us can only remember a few events from our early life.  What do you think accounts for the three boys being able to remember so much detail? 

            I think they remember things more detailed becausethey have been put in more life changing situations than most of us have been through and I think events that bring fear, or adrenaline are more memorable.

        3.This book was the book dedicated to Monyde.  What does he symbolize?
 Monyde symbolizes strength, dedication, and determination. He is what evryone longs for in themselves. He was the heart and a major part of Benson's journey. Monyde was the youngest and yet, the strongest boy on the trip.


        4.These boys lost their homes, their families, were thrust into terrible suffering and saw things we as adults never experience.  What do you think made them want to keep going at times when it would have been so easy to just sit under a tree and leave all of that pain?  
  I think they kept moving forward through all the hardships and suffering because they had faith. They believed their life would get better if they keep their heads up.    


posted Mar 15, 2010, 5:55 AM by khaliah jones   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 4:19 PM ]

  1. How do you feel when reading the book? Why did you feel this way?

Before I read the book, " they poured fire on us from the sky" I actually thought the story would be pretty sad and depressing, and I was right. As I read more into the story though, I realized it's not all sad, there are some happy parts, along with the sad and upsetting. I noticed that the story really appealed to my emotions more than I expected, like when the mood of the story was sad and hopeless, I didn't really become sad and moody to where I read the story and class and it would ruin the rest of my day, but I would just be like, " Wow, there is no hope for these boys", and things like that.I think the story actually formed my "reading mood" a lot because it was a true story. I felt that if the story wasn't true I would not have been as interested as I was becuase I could imagine what was next.

         2.What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why?

One of the funniest parts to me was in the end when benson was on the airplane and the flight attendant was yelling desert and Benson thought she was yelling out a warning, so he jumps up and began to panic when trying to evacuate the plane, then he notices evryones just sitting there staring at him.; I though this part funny because I can imagine someone in my family doing something like that, but then if I put myself in his situation it would be pretty embarrasing, but still funny.

       3.Does the mood of the story change? How?

The mood of the story does change, a lot actually, but the authors set the reader up for every upcoming event. for example, in the beginning the authors set this nice, peaceful tone about their village,and talked about how they never realized how precious life was before the war,  then they  begin to talk about the war and the problems with Sudan, etc. The authors found ways to express each event and change each mood to portray each character in a different way.


posted Mar 4, 2005, 12:44 PM by khaliah jones   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 4:20 PM ]

Hi. my name is Khaliah , but I prefer my name to be spelled Khaleyah. I changed the spelling of my name because I just recently met someone who spells their name the exact same way as mine, but besides that. I was born in LA, CA. and raised all around California. My early childhood was pretty complicated considering the fact that my mom is a single parent and she joined the U.S Navy and has been apart of the military for about 8 years now. I was moved around a lot ,but once we moved to San Diego life became a lot more stable. I lived in San Diego for about 6 years now(since I was in the 3rd grade) and I plan on staying here awhile longer. Living in one place for so long has been really easy because I have known a lot of people for half my life, but I chose to make a choice of  leaving  my old friends for new ones. While the rest of my friends left out of middle school into the closest high school, which was Serra High, I decided to come to Kearny. It has been hard leaving my friends, but I was thinking about my future at FIDM ( Fashoin Institute of Design and Merchandising) other than my friends who I live next to so seeing them wouldn't be that big of a problem, but it has. I figured coming to Kearny DMD because I thought degital media and design would look pretty good on my transcripts to get into FIDM. After the first semester of being in DMD I realized digital media is not something i want to do. I have always wanted to become an Interior Designer or Wedding Planner and DMD is not what I'm looking for. I am now going through an internal conflict between staying at DMD or switching to a school focused more on business, SIB.                                  

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