We’ve discussing about crimes in class. In the US, as of 2008 there has been 19 school shooting cases. Watch these two videos on the Virginia Tech shooting – try to figure out what are the reasons for the gunman to unleash his fury in such a way


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So we are going to start a new topic ‘Culture’

How would you define culture? and what is the difference between culture and tradition? (are they any differences in fact?!)

Below are some traditions in a culture that you might find strange

The Sati Culture in India

Sati is an ancient culture that existed amongst the Hindus in India, where a woman would burn herself on her dead husband’s funeral fire. It was considered an honorable act and the widow was believed to enter straight into heaven, as a reward for her sacrifice. She became a goddess and statues were built in her honor.

The act was banned by the British Government, but in the late 1980s, an instance was reported. Another case was also reported in 2002.

Chinese Foot Binding

This was an ancient and extremely painful tradition practiced by the Chinese. An estimated 5 billion Chinese women were subjected to excruciating pain in a bid to make their feet look elegant.

From as little as the age of four, a young girl would have her feet bound tightly with bandages by elderly women. These bandages were kept on, but were changed regularly and increasingly tightened. The general aim of foot binding was to keep the foot at a desired size of 3-4 inches.

After years of agonizing pain, toe deformation and tight bandages, the girl would end up with a pair of tiny, folded feet.

Masai Spitting

This isn’t just regular spitting we are talking about. The Masai tribe (an ethnic African group found in Kenya and Tanzania) have an unusual way of greeting friends: they spit on one another. Furthermore, when a new child is born, the Masai men will spit on it and say it is bad – believing that if they praise the child they will curse it to a bad life. When greeting elders, a Masai warrior will spit in his hand before offering it to be shaken – as a sign of respect. Masai tribesmen are well known through the media because of their practice of elongating their earlobes.

Do you think there are any traditions we have that might be deemed strange or weird by those who are not familiar with our culture? leave your comments below! 😀

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After watching yesterday’s documentary, what factors do you think contributed to the two young men’s violence?

Here’s an article that tries to make sense of it

An excerpt from it:

After the Columbine shooting, scapegoats like the NRA, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, school bullying, the ‘trench coat mafia’, the media, and the United States government were blamed for the tragedy. Michael Moore took the chance to blame all of America – or just the right-wing, gun loving part – for it in his 2002 Oscar winning documentary Bowling for Columbine

Whoops just wanted to add a few more quotes and links i have just found

one of Harris’ last journal entries read: “I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don’t … say, ‘Well that’s your fault,’ because it isn’t, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. No no no don’t let the weird-looking Eric KID come along.”

As he walked into the school the morning of April 20, Harris’ T-shirt read: Natural Selection.

Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone — he once wrote, “I feel like God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me.”

From here

Interestingly though, conspiracy theorists have come up with this

According to the final report of the investigation, only two people–Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17–planned and executed the mass shooting at Columbine High School outside Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999, leaving 15 dead and 23 wounded. But at least 101 eye- and ear- witnesses remembered it differently

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