Canada vs. South Korea

        In Socials class these past few days we have been studying the five themes of geography and applying them to Canada.  This post is not only going to be about Canada, but also another country of my choice.  I choose South Korea.  Why?  Well because as a Canadian raised South Korean I’m unfamiliar with my own background so it makes this assignment much more interesting for me.  I also have a reliable source; my parents.

   First of all the five themes of geography:

Starting from location South Korea is much different from Canada.  Canada is in the western part of the world in North America, while Korea is on the eastern part in Asia.  The difference in location would lead to differences in the environment which would cause differences in the way the way people live.

Canada is obviously a huge country with tons of land and plants, labeling it as the country with the most beautiful nature in the world; at least in my opinion.  And since the main industry for export is trees, we don’t have many factories, allowing the air to stay clean and the skies to shine bright blue.  Unlike South Korea which is a very small country and has many factories so the air is much more polluted.  But it is more urban and modern than Canada.

Since it is more urban than Canada, the movement in South Korea is also much faster.  Whether it be the people, the vehicles, the ideas, technology, etc., it all moves and spreads very fast.  Especially the internet and technology is one of the fastest in the world!  Not to mention South Korea has one of the best public transit systems in the world.  Canada on the other hand seems to be on the slow side and the public transit isn’t very developed.  I know from experience.

This is a person’s experience with public transportation in Korea:

Like mentioned above, the landscape and environment of Canada and Korea is different and the people are different, so obviously the way the two interact are different.  Canada has many parks, farms and the streets are covered with trees.  Korea does not have many trees lying around like Canada. But there are countrysides where the crops and animals are grown very naturally with sincerity by the elders (most farmers are elders or farmers from long generation families).  North America uses more unnatural things, such as chemicals, on their plants and animals than Korea does.  Another difference between the human/environment interaction is that Canadians are well known to recycle and sort out their papers, from cans, from garbage, especially because there’s a developed system where people get money back for recycling.  In South Korea there isn’t much of a recycling system like that so almost nobody, I believe, recycles; everything is thrown into the garbage can.

All these differences in the five themes of geography between Canada and South Korea are distinct.  Therefore the mindsets and values of the people are different as well.  Canadians prioritize free time and are very relaxed, while South Koreans are always looking out for new trends.  But one country is not better than the other, for both have their pros and cons.  The overall condition and whole united environment of the world is what I think much more important.

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“History = His Story”

The word history, if you think about it, can be looked at as “His story”.  I believe history did come from”His story”.  People who believe in that theory mostly say it started from the story of Jesus Christ, therefore it was “His story”. That actually makes sense.

There is ‘herstory’ now though which is written from a women’s point of view.  That makes me realize that most, or even all, of the world’s history is written in males’ point of views.  Coming up with herstory doesn’t seem that necessary, but it is important to see from all perspectives.  The word history I think can remain but that does not mean women should write their stories too.

People are more open-minded nowadays and there are many ways to get your side of the story heard.  You can start by telling people who can tell more people; that’s how rumours spread.  Or write to the newspaper, government officials, etc.   There also media sources, for example the news and interviews, that give people a chance to talk.

All those opportunities show that some people have an open ear.  I’m one of those people who believe all people involved, in whatever the subject, should be heard for more accuracy and understanding of the story.  Then our history would be much more detailed and honest.


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How to be a “Critical Thinker”…?

First of all, what exactly is “critical thinking”?  I suggest ‘critical thinking’ can be trying to understand or explain a challenging thought that the makes the thinker go beyond his/her comfort zone and dig as deep as he/she can.  Thinking critically is not simple or easy but takes a lot of concentration and energy.  Everybody “thinks” all the time; you’re thinking as you’re reading this and I’m thinking right now as I’m writing this.  Just thinking is easy and natural, but critically thinking is challenging yourself.

So how do I know if I’m critical thinker?  Is it if I’m good at answering questions and making up new ideas, or understanding theories?  Well to make it easy I’ll sum it up in a few characteristics of critical thinkers:

  • Use reason and logic
  • Ask questions
  • Use strageties and techniques to be as precise as possible
  • Acknowledge and avoids bias, prejudices and personal opinions
  • Approaches idea from all different perspectives
  • Are openminded
  • Have doubt (you can’t be too naive!)

If you do all this when you explore new thoughts, I declare you a critical thinker! Congratulations! 🙂

Now let me think; am I a critical thinker? Hmmmm…..I believe I am….well, most of the time.  People tell me I’m a logical person and I think so too.  But being reasonable is not easy all the time since we, as humans, many of the time let our emotions get the better of ourselves.  But I want to be rational and right.  I want to be known as a deep and wise critical thinker.  So what can I do for myself to become a better developed thinker?  I think the biggest issue for me is to try to look from different point of views and not just my own.  It will help me to understand whatever I am analyzing with more detail and interest.  Then it’ll be more fun for me too.


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A thought on History

Writing history is like trying to nail jelly to the wall.” -William Hesselline

What is the message?

I believe the author is trying to convey that like how nailing jelly to a wall will fail, trying to control what happens in your life and the world will not work either.  The world will not always listen to you and life will not go exactly as planned.  Therefore there is no point in trying; just accept it.

What does it mean to me?

To me this quote is a reminder of the undeniable reality of our lives and this world.  I agree with Hesselline because I acknowledge the fact that the world does not revolve around me and my life is not something I can fully control.  It gives me a kind of encouragement to try my best to adapt to my situations and be flexible about it.  It also reminds me of this famous line from the movie, Forrest Gump:

Why is it worth knowing?

It is a good quote to remember especially in a situation where things don’t go as planned and people feel discouraged.  It reminds people that most unpleasant surprises and changes are something beyond their control and happens to everyone.  Although William Hesselline sounds cynical, cynical people are needed in this world to keep everyone aware of reality.

This is a link to a blog post that I think can be of help to people who want to learn how to accept and adapt to the world: