Hi 7th hour!
Today at Writers Week, we saw the following students read for us (in this order): Erica Kim; Kerri Bjornjolm; Elisa Kim; Emily Kurka; Zoe Che
Choose two or more of these presenters today and write about your reaction to each of these presenters. What did you like and why? What about their writing do you remember the most and why? What specifically did each of these writers do that made you react positively to you? Did these writers inspire you at all? Why? You don't have to answer just these questions, but these are some questions to get you thinking.
My favorite presenter was Elisa Kim. She was witty and at the same time addressed a serious topic, retaining the audience's attention throughout her speech effortlessly. The combination of sexual innuendos as well as her jokes made the topic interesting and in a way almost intimate, pulling the audience into her own individual experiences with white men and making fun of them in a sense. I remember her description of yellow fever and the question of "where are you really from?" the most, as I myself have been the subject of many of the points that she spoke of and am very aware of the popular fetishization of the Asian race. I appreciated much of her talking about the yellow fever commonplace in white men, however, as it was satisfying for someone to actually voice their opinion on the matter, as no one really seems to mention it all that much. I am very inspired- in fact, I could almost see myself on that stage, speaking out on the matter with her, as it is a serious and very demeaning way of treatment and borderlines on racism (defined as the belief that all members of a race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races).
Zoe Che was also amazing and I supremely enjoyed her presentation. Combining both humor and powerful speech to give one 'the feels.' Her approach to slam poetry was priceless- I couldn't stop laughing! She definitely knew the direction that she wanted to take and which steps to take to achieve her goal. She kept me interested and hooked to her voice, captivated by her story and craving a resolution. She impressed me that she was able to be so clever and I crave the wit that seemingly came so easily to her. Her Chipotle piece was equally as well-written and had the same flavour to it as her slam poem. Her confidence and relaxation at the podium definitely inspired me and I strive to have that when I have to present to a group as well.
1. I thought Elisa Kim’s piece was very profound and yet humorous at the same time! Her examples and analogies provided a comparison that made it easier for me to understand on such a lesser known, yet very serious issue. I admired her confidence and openness to the crowd to share her stories and perspective from her own experience. Although it had comical aspects, I think her message was very clear and well delivered to the audience. It was also a reminder that many students, even at Fremd, have to endure unjust behavior because of the inevitable judgments casted upon a person’s race and looks. Although the general behavior of the student body might not change, she was able to spread awareness to a couple of students, which I think makes a difference.
2. I thought Zoe Che brought the perfect ending for the period’s presentations! I was very impressed by her unique decision to omit the podium and throw away a piece of paper. The fact that she played a small act with her piece by using gestures and facial emotions were very impressive, as well. It felt more personal in a way because it was very obvious that she was comfortable on stage and was confident in herself to speak her beliefs in front of a crowd of her peers. I thought the irony of using slam poetry to criticize slam poetry was a very creative idea, especially to those who never witnessed slam poetry before. The fact that she added a little information about herself, that she was captain of the speech team, was a very interesting way to get the audience to know who they were truly listening to. I also enjoyed her piece about Chipotle especially because she mentioned it was a shareable draft. I thought it was great idea to have a serious tone towards a humorous topic, and, yet, it was still relatable to the majority of the crowd. It was a great experience to see how a writer show her own perspective towards a versatile subject, and that it’s the perspective that truly makes the piece unique.