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The Saboteur - By Ha Jin
Transcript of The Saboteur - By Ha Jin
- At 14, he joined the People's Liberation Army as a volunteer
- He left the army at the age of nineteen to attend college. But due to the cultural revolution, all colleges were closed.
- Jin received his Bachelor of Arts in 1981 and went on to take a Masters in American Literature at Shandong University in 1984.
- In 1985 he went to the United States to take a PHD in English at Brandeis University, and also studied fiction writing at Boston University
- Due to the 1989 Tianamen Square massacre, Jin decided to stay in the United States rather than go back to China to teach as he had originally planned to do.
- Completed his PhD in 1993
- He currently teaches at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Ha Jin What is Hepatitis? A disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A is caused by eating food and drinking water infected with a virus called HAV. It can also be caused by anal-oral contact during sex. While it can cause swelling and inflammation in the liver, it doesn't lead to chronic, or life long, disease. Almost everyone who gets hepatitis A has a full recovery.
Hepatitis B is caused by the virus HBV. It is spread by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or other body fluid. And, it is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can get hepatitis B by:
Hepatitis C is caused by the virus HCV. It is spread the same way as hepatitis B, through contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or body fluid (see above). Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C causes swelling of the liver and can cause liver damage that can lead to cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C develop a chronic infection. This may lead to a scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Blood banks test all donated blood for hepatitis C, greatly reducing the risk for getting the virus from blood transfusions or blood products.
Hepatitis D is caused by the virus HDV. You can only get hepatitis D if you are already infected with hepatitis B. It is spread through contact with infected blood, dirty needles that have HDV on them, and unprotected sex (not using a condom) with a person infected with HDV. Hepatitis D causes swelling of the liver.
Hepatitis E is caused by the virus HEV. You get hepatitis E by drinking water infected with the virus. This type of hepatitis doesn't often occur in the U.S. It causes swelling of the liver, but no long-term damage. It can also be spread through oral-anal contact. Crime & Punishment When a person commits a crime they are suppose to face consequences such as a punishment. A punishment can range from a form of service towards a community to time in jail/prison. But in this story, the main character faces jail time when he did not even commit a crime. Does talking back to a policeman and trying to defend himself constitute for a punishment such as going to jail and being told that what he did was wrong. Punishment is suppose to make you realized what you did wrong and what you could have done otherwise. But in this story's situation, the main character was punish for a crime that he didn't commit, so why did he go to jail? Change and Fear Over time, the world and it's people will expect change. Some change to drastic changes, but when we experience change sometime we expect to adapt and sometimes we will fear what will be coming next. Such instance was the Revolution in China. Many people fear the changes of communism and the many ways of Mao Zedong's leadership. Fear and change intertwine with each other because we all expect change but with change we all fear some things. Irony - Mr. Chiu was suppose to be going on his honeymoon but instead he ends up in jail.
- Mr. Chui has to pretend to be guilty to be set free. He signs the confession though he committed no crime.
- Mr. Chui's lawyer, who tries to help Mr. Chui, ends up in jail and tortured.
- Mr. Chiu secretly becomes a saboteur in the end. what kind of irony is each situation? "Your crime is sabotage, although it hasn't induced serious consquences yet. Because you are a party member, you should be punished more."