Unit 2 Enduring Understanding

What is migration?

What is Migration?

Migration is simply movement from one part of something to another. We see migration with animals, but also with people around the world. People are moving to different parts of the world every day. But, every body has their own reason for migrating.

Reasons for Migration

Humans migrate for many different reasons. Some look for more opportunity, for jobs that will allow them to provide a better life for their families. Others are looking for a new life, a place to start over. Even more migrate because of climate. Some like warmer weather, others like colder weather. Some people don't like the government that has been established in their country, and they want to go to a country with a government they agree with. These are just some of the many reasons that humans migrate.

Cultural Mosaics

What is a Cultural Mosaic?

Definition - the mix of ethnic groups, languages, and cultures that coexist within society.

Reasons people create cultural mosaics

People create cultural mosaics for a variety of reasons. The first is to appreciate diversity and all the different cultures. The purpose is to bring us all together and connect all the interests and beliefs of different cultures. This includes languages, clothing, food, entertainment, etc...
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Real world example of a Cultural Mosaic

Canada is one of the most well known cultural mosaics in the world. This is because it is practically a country of immigrants. It started with people from France and England, but now people from all the parts of the world live there. If you walk down a street in Canada, you'll hear English, French, Spanish, and many other languages. Canada is a mix of so many cultures blended into one. All cultures in the world are the pieces that make Canada what it is.

How do Cultural Mosaics connect to me?

Cultural Mosaics connect to me in a variety of ways. The world is connected in so many ways. I mean think about it, so many things we take for granted in the US, such as water, is something that could be completely scarce in other parts of the world. All countries in the world communicate and trade items. The US is one of the biggest trading countries in the world. Many of the things that people own, (even I own), were made in other countries. For example, the shirt I'm wearing right now was made in China. My shorts were made in Vietnam. Things made in other countries make their way to the US. We also see a variety of cultures in the US, because of all the people immigrating here. Growing up, we're exposed to a variety of cultures from all around the world, and this is only going to increase as more and more people move here. We are going to be exposed to cultures from all around the world.

Human Cooperation/Conflict Among Social Groups

Humans create both cooperation and conflict in our society today. Usually it's between different social groups. One leader may be fighting for something he believes is worth fighting for, and he would create cooperation among his supporters. However, another leader may have a different vision in mind, and fight for the opposite of what the other leader wants. This would create conflict between the two social groups. But, I believe that humans balance the amount of cooperation and conflict, there's the same amount, neither one is larger, in our society today. We are controlled.
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Real World Example of Conflict and Cooperation

The United States and Iran have gone through a lot in the past few years. They have had times of cooperation, and times of conflict. During times of cooperation, it's been peaceful. We haven't had to go to war. But, during times of conflict, we've had to sign treaties and send soldiers to the Middle East, to make sure things don't get out of hand. We don't want Iran to have to much nuclear power, so we try to stop that. At times they cooperation, and at times we need to negotiate to avoid conflict with them. But in the end, it's all balanced out. There's no more cooperation than conflict.

Cooperation and Conflict in my life

The United States cooperating and conflicting with other countries really does affect my life. If the United States was constantly conflicting with a country, I would probably be a soldier right now, fighting for my country. But they don't they cooperate with most countries, meaning I don't have to do that kind of thing. US cooperation keeps guys like me in school, not in war. If conflict and cooperation wasn't balanced, who knows where my life would be today.

Power Shifting

Power is constantly shifting in the world. Some countries are more powerful than others, even though this is constantly changing. For example, back in WWII Germany was one of the most powerful countries in the world. It controlled almost all of Europe today. But, the US brought them down, and they were no longer powerful. This was a huge power shift, and had a positive effect, because Germany would have done what we see has bad things to the world, so it definitely was a good thing.

Today, we see countries like China rising to power. They are taking control of more and more in Asia, and in the long run, could have a negative effect on us. The US doesn't agree with a lot of what China does, so I think there will be conflict with them down the road.

Bullets and Ballots Reflection

During the simulation, I was a member of the army/wealthy group. We had money, power,votes, basically anything you could ask for. We had control during the game. We made alliances, but also sadly had to terminate members of other groups using Death Squads. That was me.

Power shifted throughout the simulation. We had power a lot of the time, but they were times were the peasants and guerillas had power. It was back and forth most of the time, due to communication between groups.

The big power shift was when my group overthrew me, and exiled me. I was lined up to be the leader of the New Guatemala, but they didn't agree. The US however, had all the power, and took total control at the end.

My group cooperated with the Government. We made a treaty with them and there was nothing but cooperation between us. However, we (I) conflicted with everyone else. After killing people, everyone else saw me as a threat. I created conflict between my group and the peasants by killing an innocent peasant. But I don't regret it, it had to be done. If power never shifted, and I would have taken control, and no one would have been happy.