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Maryland State House Tour Photo Journal

Written by CAPA-MC Reporter Kathleen Li

Preceptor:  Julie Yang

 

Introduction

On January 20th, 2020, CAPA JRC (Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club) traveled to Annapolis to learn about the Maryland legislative process. The JRC toured the Maryland State House and discovered the building’s historical and present significance. In addition, they interviewed Lily Qi, the Maryland State Delegate for District 15, to gain an inside look into what happens in the Maryland General Assembly. 

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CAPA JRC visits the Maryland State House, which houses the Maryland General Assembly, the Governor, and the Lieutenant Governor. It is the oldest State House in the United States that is still used today, having been constructed from 1772 to 1779. 

(Photo by Lucy Wu)

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CAPA JRC learns about the history behind the Maryland State House through an informative and fascinating guided tour.

(Photo by Lucy Wu)

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A new section for the State House was built from 1902 to 1906 from Italian marble. The divide between the old wood and plaster and new veined marble can be seen in this photo.

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The JRC members tours the House of Delegates chamber, learning about notable historical events concerning the Maryland legislature.

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The Maryland House of Delegates and Senate have rows and rows of seats for their members. The JRC learns about the process of passing a bill and how the buttons on each desk help delegates and senators vote.

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The ceilings of the House of Delegates and Senatorial Chambers are adorned with beautiful Tiffany Stained Glass. 

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The JRC learns about the construction of the Maryland State House and dome. Although the dome is closed off to the public, there are many pictures portraying the dome from the inside, outside and up close.

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The Stairwell Room gives insight into the State House in the 18th Century, providing information on significant historical events. CAPA JRC members peruse original historical documents and photos.

(Photo by Emily and Fengkai Zhang)

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The Old Senate Chamber has been recreated into its look from November 1783 – August 1784, when the United States Congress previously met. JRC strolls through the room that depicts General George Washington resigning his military position on December 23, 1783.

(Photo by Emily and Fengkai Zhang)

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CAPA JRC members walk down the corridors of the legislative building, admiring beautiful paintings painted by Maryland citizens hanging on its walls.

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Lily Qi, representing District 15 and Montgomery County in the Maryland State House, gives the JRC a detailed look into her life as a delegate. She discusses her passion for change, policies advancements and improved daily life.

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Reporters listen intently and actively ask questions during the interview while photographers take pictures and videos. The JRC learns about how students can get politically involved in their community. 

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CAPA JRC snaps a photo with Lily Qi in the Montgomery County legislative room. What a great way to wrap up a long day of touring the Maryland State House!

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Conclusion

 

Through this trip to the Maryland State House, CAPA JRC members not only learned about the meaningful history of the building, but also gained an inside look into policy-making at the state level. The JRC built upon their political knowledge from the previous year’s trip to the US Capitol and White House, where they had learned about the national legislative and executive branches. After the interview with Lily Qi, the JRC discovered ways that they could make change in their own community. All in all, it was a great way to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day ‒ by learning more about making positive changes in one’s country.

 

This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 19 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA

Instagram: @capa_jrc

Blog: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

 

 

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蒙郡公校学生会知多少

作者: Lillian Zhou, Robert Sun, (CAPA 小记者)

翻译:王瑞思(Doris Wang)

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Michael Yin (Emily Zhang摄)

 

  • 蒙郡地区学生会(MCR-SGA)

 

对蒙郡的学生们来说,学生会是一个很棒的地方,可以学习领导能力和参加改善学校制度。虽然学生会可以提供很多机会,但很多家长和学生并不清楚。为了让学生们更多了解参与学生会的途径,蒙郡华人家长会小记者采访了正在哈佛大学上学的,曾在2017-2018年担任蒙郡地区学生会主席的Michael Yin。

中学生的首选是蒙郡青年理事会学生会联盟(MCJC SGA)。任何年级的高中生可以参加MCJC SGA的合作伙伴组织:蒙郡地区学生会(MCR-SGA)。这个组织主要从事学生宣传,在市政厅会议上作证,并担任蒙郡教育委员会(BOE)代表。 Yin曾经是蒙郡教育委员会预算指导委员会的首位学生代表,他推动更多讨论蒙郡公校学生的心理健康资源问题。Yin担任MCR-SGA的代表,并在2017-2018年申请主席位置。 这个组织由主席、副主席、财务和秘书来领导,并有许多部门,每个部门都有代表和负责所有项目的执行人员。

MCR-SGA致力于学生权利,心理健康和学生课程等许多不同领域的学生倡导和政策。  尽管MCR-SGA并非BOE的成员,但其成员在BOE会议上作证并主持BOE学生成员的选举。

 

 

  • 蒙郡教育委员会学生代表(SMOB)

 

 

参与学生会的第二种选择是竞选蒙郡教育委员会学生代表(SMOB)。 SMOB是BOE的有投票权的成员,有助于将学生的声音带入董事会决策中。 通过与BOE合作并制定学生在学校看到的政策。Yin表示:“ [SMOB]是让学生表达自己的声音并做出改变的最直接方法。”参加SMOB的学生没有任何先决条件,但他们必须是11年级或12年级学生。 但是,以前参加MCR-SGA的经验肯定会加分。

SMOB 会去市政厅会议并听取证词。 根据蒙郡公立学校SMOB的信息网站,SMOB可以对学校停课、重新开放、校区界限和预算进行投票。 每年,全县中学生和高中生都会为下一届SMOB投票。这是一个让学生发表意见的机会。

 

 

  • 难忘的经历

 

 

自从参与和领导MCR-SGA以来,Yin帮助“在预算流程的早期就表达了学生的声音。” Yin自豪地告诉CAPA-JRC:因为这些学生的深度参与,“ 现在全县的高中学校意见都有体现。”

Yin的学生会经历帮助他成长为领导者。通过MCR-SGA活动,他结识许多不同的学生和人群。  Yin说道:“通过与其他学生交谈我能了解他们的想法,也能够在此过程中提高自己的社交技能。” 尽管MCR-SGA是Yin常规课业之外的另一项费时的工作,但这一挑战帮助Yin练习良好地安排时间,并教会他为随时可能发生的意外事件做好准备。 现在Yin已经是大学生,他仍然关注蒙郡公校的的预算工作,以此参与本地的政治和政策。

 

 

  • 贵在参与

 

 

Yin告诉大家:参与学生管理永远不会太晚。 有兴趣申请MCR-SGA职位的学生可以访问https://www.mcrsga.com网站或https://www.mcrsga.com/newsletter上的时事通讯,了解何时开始申请。他还建议参加董事会会议,更多了解有关成员做些什么。

至于SMOB选举,高中在申请开放申请时有公告,在以下链接中可找到候选人提名和选举时间表:https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-leadership/smob/election-process.aspx.  

在整个一月和二月期间,SMOB候选人会创建个人资料和竞选团队,然后参加SMOB决赛入围者的提名大会。 这些决赛入围者参加《遇见候选人》的视频拍摄,全县学生都可以看到。

对于有兴趣当SMOB的学生,有很多方法可以在学生会里获取学生管理方面的经验。其中一个是参加每个年级的高中学生会竞选(就像Yin在9年级布莱尔高中所做的那样)。  参加MCR-SGA,参加市政厅会议和SMOB会议,也可以了解流程以及SMOB的工作,这些都可让学生了解成为BOE一部分的必要条件。

学生的倡导不仅有利于使社区更加了解学生群体的需求和想法,而且还使学生能够锻炼领导才能并了解学校制度的制定方式。 无论是竞选SMOB还是参加MCR-SGA,参与学生管理都可以让学生发出自己的声音。

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本文由美国蒙郡华人家长会小记者俱乐部(CAPA JRC)成员进行采访、录音、写作、翻译和摄影。 CAPA JRC有19名蒙郡高初中学生。 他们创建了一个双语平台,以传递信息并为社区服务。

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA 

IG: @capa_jrc

Blog: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

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Student Government in Montgomery County Public Schools

 Lillian Zhou, Junior Reporter for CAPA-MC

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Michael Yin (Emily Zhang)

Student government is a wonderful way for students across Montgomery County to learn leadership skills and directly participate in improving the school system. Although student government provides many opportunities, not many parents or students are informed on what exactly can be gained by participating.  CAPA JRC spoke to Michael Yin, currently attending Harvard University and the past student president of the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association for the 2017-2018 year, to learn more about pathways students can get involved with their government.

Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA)

The first option for middle school students is the Montgomery County Junior Council Student Government Association  (MCJC SGA). The partner organization of MCJC SGA, meant for high school students of any grade level, is the Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association, or MCR-SGA. MCR-SGA members focus on student advocacy, testify at town hall meetings, and serve as representatives in  Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) committees. Yin was the first student representative in the BOE budget steering committee, and encouraged more discussion on MCPS’ mental health resources. Yin also served as a deputy in MCR-SGA then applied to be president for the 2017-2018 year. The association is led by a student president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, and has many departments each with deputies and an executive overseeing any projects. 

 MCR-SGA focuses on student advocacy and policies in many different areas, from student rights,  mental health, and student curriculum. Although the MCR-SGA is not a part of the Board of Education, its members testify in front of the BOE at meetings and host election for Student Member of the BOE. 

Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB)

The second option for involving student government is to run for SMOB. The SMOB is a voting member of the Montgomery County BOE and helps bring student voices to the decisions the Board makes. By collaborating with the BOE and working on policy that students see in their schools, Yin says, “[SMOB is] the most direct way for students to get their voices heard and to make change.” There are no prerequisites for students running for SMOB, except that they must be rising juniors or seniors.  However, previous experience as a MCR-SGA member will definitely help.

The SMOB is present at town hall meetings and listens to testimonies. According to the Montgomery County Public Schools SMOB information site, SMOB can vote on school closings, reopenings, boundaries, and budgets. Each year, students in middle and high schools across the county vote for the next SMOB, a chance for students to have their opinions heard.

An Unforgettable Experience

From his participation and leadership in MCR-SGA, Yin helped, “have a student voice present early on in the budget process.” Plus, with extensive commitment and participation from these students, Yin was proud to tell CAPA-JRC that “every high school across the county is represented now.”

The experiences Yin gained as a part of student government helped him grow as a leader- he was able to meet many different students and people through MCR-SGA events. “By talking to other students and learning about their ideas I was able to improve my own social skills in the process,” says Yin. Although MCR-SGA was another time commitment on top of Yin’s regular schoolwork, the challenge helped Yin practice good time management and taught him to prepare for any unexpected events early. Now a college student, Yin’s involvement in MCPS’ budgeting process has kept him involved in local politics and policies. 

Getting Involved

Yin advises that it is never too late to get involved in student government. Students interested in applying for a position at MCR-SGA can visit the website at https://www.mcrsga.com/ or the newsletter at https://www.mcrsga.com/newsletter to learn when applications open. He also recommends attending the board meetings to learn more about what members do. 

As for the SMOB elections, high schools should publicize when applications open and the candidate nomination and election timeline can be found at the following link: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/student-leadership/smob/election-process.aspx. Throughout January and February, SMOB candidates create profiles and a campaign team before attending a nomination convention for SMOB finalists to be selected. These finalists will be filmed in the “Meet the Candidates” video for students across the county to view.

For students interested in running for SMOB, there are many ways to get prior experience in student government. One is to run for high school student government for each grade (as Yin did in 9th grade at Montgomery Blair). Participating in MCR-SGA, and attending town halls and SMOB meetings to learn about the process and what the SMOB does, can also show students what it takes to be a part of the BOE. 

Student advocacy is not only beneficial for making the community more aware of the needs and ideas of its student body, but it also gives students the ability to exercise leadership skills and learn about how policy is made in the school system. Whether running for SMOB or participating in MCR-SGA, involvement in student government lets students advocate for their voices to be heard.

 

This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 19 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA 

IG: @capa_jrc

Blog: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

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12.8.19 家庭暴力讲座

CAPA-JRC作者: Robert Sun

CAPA-JRC翻译:Evelyn Shue

指导: Julie Yang

 

      仅在2012年,维吉尼亚州就有10,700 个家庭暴力受害者。也许你觉得家庭暴力远离你的生活,,但事实上,谁都有可能经历家庭暴力;而且它很可能在令人意想不到的时候发生。2019年十二月八号,为了帮助社区,蒙郡华人家长联合会组织蒙郡居民聚集在 Herbert Hoover 中学听家庭暴力讲座。他们希望更深入地了解家庭暴力。这个讲座不仅明确地定义了家庭暴力,还提供了很多让受害者可以寻求帮助的社会资源信息。

 

背景

首先,April Yu 女士,(大华府地区韩国社区服务中心,华人社区家庭暴力联协调員,主要发言者)向听众介绍了家庭暴力的基本定义和成因。家庭暴力是在家庭中所发生的暴力;这家庭包括与亲家,兄弟姐妹,父母,配偶,和孩子。 虽然“家庭暴力”这个词一般指身体上的虐待,但也可以是言语,心理,和性暴力。

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家庭暴力常见特征

在很多情况下,家庭暴力的严重程度和产生原因都会不同。但是,家庭暴力案件的起源和受害人与施虐者之间的互动确有相似之处。于女士解释说,家庭暴力的一种常见模式就是“权力控制”,在这种情况下,施虐者试图完全控制受害者。“权力控制”有许多不同的方式,无论是阻止某人离开房屋,告诉某人他们毫无价值,口头威胁还是对身体的虐待行为,施虐者都试图阻止受害者的自我控制,让他们放弃一切自由。

        于女士说:“家庭暴力通常不会无缘无故地发生。在大多数情况下,外部因素是家庭暴力产生的根源。有时,语言障碍和公民身份可能是家庭暴力的根源。例如,于女士曾有一位客户是刚来美国的移民。毫不奇怪,这位客户的英语不好,而她的丈夫利用她的语言障碍问题,骗她签署对她不公平的文件。不幸的是,她没有能力停止这种行动,因为她被威胁,如果离开丈夫会丧失获得公民身份的机会。所以,于女士的客户受到了丈夫的伤害。不断挣扎着想要摆脱不健康的婚姻。这个故事展示出了客户的移民背景(外部因素)是如何导致她陷入家庭暴力的。而社会经济地位较弱或滥用药物和酒精的家庭中更容易发生家庭暴力。

 

澄清误解

        于女士希望澄清一些常见的,关于家庭暴力的误解。她指出了一些要记住的要点:家庭暴力的潜在受害者可以是任何人,无论种族,性别或社会地位如何。

 

  1. 在离开虐待关系时会产生的一个严重问题被称为“否认循环”。否认循环是指施虐者不承认施虐,或为虐待行为道歉,希望与受害者和好。但是,无论施虐者在道歉时表现得多么温柔,但通常的结果是,虐待行为将来会重复。这个“循环”是受害者很难离开这种虐待关系的主要原因,尤其是当受害者比较天真轻信时。

 

  1. 针对配偶或其他任何人的家庭暴力与正常的彼此争论完全不同。在争论中,双方都可以表达自己的意见。而在“权力控制“中(见家庭暴力的共同特征¶1),几乎不可能存在相互的意见表达。

 

可用资源

        于女士说:“对于家庭暴力的受害者而言,最重要的是他们要寻求所需的帮助。”幸运的是,诸如KCSC之类的资源(请参阅背景资料)为寻求援助和咨询的受害者提供了大量的服务。除了为客户提供免费的英语课程,心理健康治疗,工作申请咨询以及合法的诊所外,KCSC努力帮助客户走向成功。于女士告诉CAPA-JRC:“我们想让他们知道有很多资源可供用。我们会提供大量的资源和支持,以确保我们的客户拥有更好的未来,并且在离开这段关系后可以自给自足。”

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心里话

         家庭暴力是一个充满挑战并且很敏感的话题。社区中仍有一部分人对该问题没有适当的认知。于女士希望在活动结束后,自己所做的努力还能够继续改善亚裔社区对家庭暴力的认知,和更多的关注。没有人应该成为家庭暴力的受害者。于女士说:“我这样做的主要目的是为受害者寻求公义,并改善他们所处的不幸境况。”

 

         就像KCSC手册中写的一样,作为家庭暴力的受害者,“你并不孤单。”总会有人在那里支持并指导你走向更光明的未来。这些富有同情心的人是你真正的家人!

 

本文由美国蒙郡华人家长会少年记者俱乐部(CAPA JRC) 成员进行了采访,录音,撰写,翻译和摄影。 小记者俱乐部有19名蒙郡高初中学生。 他们创建了一个双语平台,以传递信息并为社区服务。

Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA

IG: @capa_jrc

博客: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

 

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Finding Your Family

12.8.19 Domestic Violence Seminar

Written By: Robert Sun

Advisor:  Julie Yang

In 2012 in Virginia alone, 10,700 people were victims of domestic violence. Although these statistics seem to be the least concerning to many of us, the fact is that domestic violence can happen to anybody; and it can be quite sudden. Held by CAPA-MC, On December 8th of 2019, interested families gathered at Herbert Hoover Middle School to learn more about domestic violence. At the seminar, the audience was not only provided with a clear definition of domestic violence, but also received enlightenment on the wide range of support networks and resources for victims as well.

 

Background 

To kick off the seminar, Ms. April Yu, KCSC (Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, Domestic Violence Coordinator for the Chinese Community and keynote speaker), gave the audience a definition of domestic violence that encapsulated its core components. Domestic violence, is defined as violence in a household–includes conflicts with in-laws, siblings, parents, spouses, and children. While the word violence usually has a denotation of an act of physical abuse, domestic violence can be sexual, emotional, and verbal.  

 

Common Traits of Domestic Violence

In many instances, domestic violence scenarios vary in its extent and context. However, there are similarities for how domestic violence cases originate and the interactions between the victim and abuser. A common pattern for domestic violence as Ms. Yu explained is what is known as “power control” where the abuser seeks to gain full control over its victim. Power control can be achieved in many different ways. Whether it is preventing someone from leaving the house, telling someone they are worthless, verbal threats, or an act of physical abuse, the abuser is trying to impede a victim’s self control and have them surrender all their freedom.

“Domestic violence usually doesn’t happen for no reason,” says Ms. Yu. “In most cases, there are external factors that explain many origins for domestic violence in a household. Sometimes, language impairment and citizenship status can be the source for domestic violence. For example, one client Ms. Yu worked with was an immigrant who came to America. It was no surprise that her client had problems with English–her husband being the only exception. Due to these language problems, Ms. Yu’s client had been deceived by her husband to sign an inequitable form. Unfortunately, she had no power to relinquish her actions, because she was worried about a threat that leaving her husband would prevent her chances from obtaining citizenship. As a result, Ms. Yu’s client was victimized by her husband; constantly struggling to break free from her unhealthy marriage. This story highlighted how the client’s foreign background–an external factor– led her into a situation of domestic violence. Families with a weak socioeconomic status, or suffer from substance abuse are more prone to experience cases of domestic violence.

Mythbusting

Domestic violence can often have some misconceptions, which Ms. Yu hoped to clarify. Regarding myths about domestic violence, Ms. Yu pointed out a few key points to remember:

  1. Regarding the issue of domestic violence, the window for potential victims is unbiased. It can apply to anyone regardless of race, gender, or social status.
  2. A severe issue that occurs when leaving an abusive relationship is known as the “denial loop”. The denial loop is when an abuser denies or apologizes for an act of abuse, hoping to reestablish peace between the victim. However despite how benevolent the abuser is when apologizing, the usual outcome is that the abuse will relapse again in the future. This “cycle” is a main reason why it can be difficult for a victim to leave a relationship, especially if they are naive enough to follow this cycle.
  3. Domestic violence with a spouse or anyone else is completely different from arguing with each other. In an argument, both sides are able to express their opinions. Due to “power control (see Common Traits of Domestic Violence ¶1) there is almost no possibility where the expression of opinions will be mutual.

 

Available Resources

“What’s most important for a victim of domestic abuse is that they seek the help that they need,” says Ms. Yu. Fortunately, resources such as KCSC (see Background) provide an ample amount of services for victims who seek aid and counseling. Ranging from complimentary English classes for clients, mental health therapy, job application counseling, and legal clinics, KCSC makes an effort to set up their clients for success. “We want to hope to let them know there are lots of resources for them,” Ms. Yu tells CAPA-JRC. We give them tons of resources and support to ensure our clients have a better future and are self-sufficient after leaving the relationship.” 

 

From the Heart

Talking about domestic violence is a challenging and indeed a sensitive topic. Yet there are still parts of the community who aren’t properly educated about the issue. Following the event, Ms. Yu hopes her efforts can continue to improve the community knowledge and raise awareness of domestic violence in the Asian community. No one deserves to be a victim of domestic violence. “The main reason why I do these things is to restore injustice for victims and remedy the unfortunate situations they face,” says Ms. Yu. 

 

Just like it’s written in KCSC’s brochure, as a victim of domestic violence, “You are not alone.” There will always be someone there to support and guide you towards a brighter future. These compassionate people are the ones who are your true family.

 

This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 19 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA

Instagram: @capa_jrc

Blog: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

 

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CAPA JRC 小记者访问白宫

作者Robert Sun

翻译:Lucy Wu, Evelyn Shue, Robert Sun, Eileen Luo

指导:Julie Yang

2019年九月九日,蒙郡华人家长会CAPA-JRC小记者再次来到华盛顿DC,了解美国的政府。这次,他们参观了白宫。进入白宫之前,小记者们在南草坪上分成两个组,玩一个关于美国总统的问答游戏。这个游戏为参观预热。

 

东楼,第一楼

小记者们从东面一进入白宫,映入眼帘看到总统们和第一夫人们的肖像。走廊的另一边可以看到巨幅照片。这些照片介绍了许多著名的事件和美国总统的日常活动。这些照片可以追溯到威尔逊总统。

参观了照片展览以后,四个宽敞的房间呈现在小记者的眼前。首先映入眼帘的是玻璃防护罩中的瓷器,甚至有些瓷器是John Adams总统时期。

另外一个值得注意的房间是白宫图书馆,在这个房间里有超过两千本著名的美国文学著作被放在木头书架上。Roosevelt总统过去常常用这个房间来举行非正式讨论。如今它常常被用作小组会议及放松的场地。

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东翼二楼彩色主题客房

通过一段楼梯,JRC们来到了白宫的第一层。它以华丽的装饰、家具和色彩斑斓的房间而闻名。 这里也蕴藏着许多秘密。一踏上白宫的一层,迎接JRC的是一个巨大的开放空间。房间的四面都装饰着维多利亚时代的风格、欧洲家具和巨大的油画——其中有一幅是乔治·华盛顿的画像。

随着参观的继续,JRC开始参观一些色彩的房间。第一个房间是“绿屋”,白宫的三个客厅之一。这个房间最初是托马斯·杰斐逊(Thomas Jefferson)的餐厅,在过去三年里经历了多次翻新和翻修。房间里还有一个隐藏的秘密:壁炉架下面藏着一面小镜子,一些JRC成员用它来制作一些有趣的自拍。

接下来的房间是“蓝屋”。房间的豪华体现在椭圆形的形状,和中心一个巨大的吊灯。蓝屋不仅是白宫的客厅之一,在冬季,枝形吊灯和家具会被取下,放置国家圣诞树。

接下来是第三间“红屋”,并被认为是一个多功能房间。第19届总统拉瑟福德·b·海耶斯(Rutherford B. Hayes)就职宣誓就是在这个房间进行的,同时它也被用作新闻记者的集会区。

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东翼餐厅

参观完了白宫的三间客厅后,前面又有一个大房间等着我们。国宴厅可容纳140多名客人,用来欢迎一些最尊贵的客人和到白宫访问的外国外交官。这个房间还有一段佳话。 约翰·亚当斯是第一位入住白宫的总统,当时他每天写信给他还住在费城的妻子,阿比盖尔。约翰·亚当斯在他的一封信中为白宫写了一份祝福,“祝福这座房子和所有将在此居住的人。但愿只有诚实而明智的人才能统治这个国家。”1945年,这份真诚的祝福被刻在国宴厅里的壁炉架上,象征着国父们的谦逊。

很快,参观白宫的旅程就要结束了。JRC离开国宴厅,进入入口大厅。这里的地面上铺着一条长方形的红地毯,中间有一个很大的大理石拱门,通往出口。回到中午的阳光下后,JRC拍了一张集体大合影,作为参观白宫的小纪念品。

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(张凤凯摄)

 

这次参观白宫对小记者团是一个难忘的经历。虽然它的纯白的外表看上去比较简单,它的内部却藏满了秘密。历史躲在每个角落;美国历史中的重大任务仿佛还在;一点一滴的故事融入进了这个空间。很明显,白宫不只是总统的工作场所和住宅, 更是历史的见证。 

这一次有意义的白宫之行为JRC 2019-2020年翻开了新的一页,现在CAPA JRC小记者们期待展开更多项目进一步了解他们所居住的社区。

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(CAPA-JRC全体成员在白宫前门的集体照)

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本文由美国蒙郡华人家长会少年记者俱乐部(CAPA JRC) 成员进行了采访,录音,撰写,翻译和摄影。 小记者俱乐部有19名蒙郡高初中学生。 他们创建了一个双语平台,以传递信息并为社区服务。

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CAPA JRC Visits the White House

By: Robert Sun

Edited by: Julie Yang

 

On October 9 2019, CAPA-JRC returned to the nation’s capital to learn more about American government. This time, it was a tour of the White House. Before beginning the tour, CAPA-JRC gathered outside near the South Lawn to enjoy some presidential trivia.  Divided into two teams, everyone had an interesting time displaying their knowledge, while also getting stumped on particularly bizarre questions.

East Wing 1st Floor

Entering from the East Wing of the White House, all the tourists were immediately greeted by massive paintings of First Ladies and a couple presidents as well. On the right side of the hallway, a large array of photos were displayed. These photos highlighted the many notable events and daily activities of the President of the United States; dating back to the time period of Woodrow Wilson. 

 After observing the gallery of photos, the pictorial hallway opened up into a chamber that contained four distinct rooms. This first thing that caught JRC’s attention was the glass display cases full of antique White House china known as the China Room.  Some of glass cases still preserved the china of the John Adams presidency!

 Another notable room was the White House Library. Inside the room, the precious wooden shelves were replete with over 2,000 books of the most profound American literature. President Roosevelt had used this room for his fireside chats, although today, it is mostly used for small meetings and tea time.

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(Photo by Fengkai Zhang)

 

East Wing 2nd Floor Colored Theme Rooms

Walking up a flight of stairs, the JRC came to the State floor of the White House. Known for its flamboyant decorations, furniture and chromatic-colored rooms, there were many secrets contained as well.  As soon as JRC stepped onto the State floor of the White House, they were greeted by a massive open room. All sides of the room were bedecked with Victorian styles, European furniture, and enormous paintings–a considerable one being George Washington’s.

As the tour continued, the JRC began to visit some of the single-colored rooms. The first room was the Green Room, one of the three state parlors of the White House. Originally used as a dining room by Thomas Jefferson,  the room underwent multiple refurbishments and renovations over the last three years. The room also had a hidden secret; beneath the mantel hid a small mirror, which some of the JRC used to create some interesting selfies.

The following room was the Blue Room. Elliptical in shape, and a massive chandelier in the center, epitomized the luxury of the room. The Blue Room is not only one of the parlors in the White House, but it’s also used for a special occasion. It is during the winter that the chandeliers and furniture will be taken down, to make room for a more meaningful item for the holiday spirit: the National Christmas Tree.

The third and final White House parlor came next. Known as the Red Room, it was considered a multi-purpose room. It was used for swearing in 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes, while also serving as a congregational area for press members. 

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(Photo by Fengkai Zhang)

 

East Wing Dining Room

After viewing the three parlors of the White House, another massive room awaited ahead. The State Dining Room, capable of a capacity of over 140 guests, is used to welcome some of the most distinguished guests and foreign diplomats to the White House. Many people could say that this enormous room is a hallowed room, and it’s all due to a notorious quote by President John Adams. Being the first president to inhibit the White House, John Adams was writing letters to his wife Abigail, who at the time was still living in Philadelphia. In one of his letters, John Adams wrote a blessing for the White House, “Blessings On This House And All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof.” This sincere blessing was later carved onto the State Dining Room’s mantel in 1945, symbolizing the humility of the Founding Fathers.

Soon enough, the tour of the White House was coming to a close. Leaving the State Dining Room, the JRC entered the Entrance Hall. On the ground lay a long rectangular red carpet, with a large marble archway in the middle that led to the exit. After stepping back into the noon sunlight, the JRC took a large group photo, serving as a small souvenir for the tour of the White House.

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(Photo by Fengkai Zhang)

 

The White House tour was a memorable learning experience for JRC. Despite its plain and simple exterior, its interior is packed with secrets for one to discover. History lies in every nook and cranny; the presence of our country’s important figures remain; bits and pieces of the American story blend in with the extravagant surroundings. It is evident that the White House is far more than a residence and workplace for the President. 

After a remarkable field trip to kick off the 2019-2020 year, the JRC now looks forward to working on some of their most ambitious projects yet; continuing to deliver its impact and learning more about the community they live in.
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CAPA-JRC poses on the Front Entrance of the White House for a group photo 

Photo by (Emily Zhang)

 

English: This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 19 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA0gylW1ZCcgDvDiLAyObbA

IG: @capa_jrc

Blog: https://capajrc.wordpress.com/ 

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