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12/8 Progress report

So far, I have almost completed my final project. What a relief! Finally, almost there!

For my final project, I choose to do a Traveling Map. I love to travel a lot and have been to many places, so I think making a traveling map is a great idea to keep memories remembered, like a travel journey. Each place has its special memory, whether it is good or bad. When you click one destination that is highlighted, there should be some pictures and an interesting story behind it.

For the tool, I have used Prezi to help present my project, which is very easy to begin!  Even though it’s my first time using it, it doesn’t take me much time to how the tools function. I am recommending it if you want to make your project more interactive!

I divided the map into two parts: Asia and America. I have already finished the American part but still working on the Asia part. I am so happy I am almost there!!!

Hana Feels

This piece of elit is much more like a game I have played called Role-playing simulation and I have always enjoyed playing it. Hana Feels is a conversational hypertext. In this hypertext, something is bothering Hana, and we takes the role of four important people to explore what that might be and to help her work through it. I think it is very interesting to learn that the story is designed to build empathy and encourage conversations about the mental health issue involved.

In the story, the character I most enjoyed is Will, who is a new volunteer for the charity Head Line. It provides a free twenty-four hour service for people to talk about mental health issues in confidence. Will is an artist and often works very late hours anyway, so he normally covers night shifts.  He’s been through the training, like every volunteer, and passed the selection process. But he still worries about saying the wrong thing. Being Will is so funny because if he said something wrong, he would make a huge mistake and made Hana sadder, so I need to be careful.


As a public record of the pandemic’s effects on prisoners, EXPOSED exposes the all-too-familiar cruelty of a system built not on justice but rather on control and absence — on quarantine. There are more than 100 statements from inmates who have the virus or who are going through a lot of stress, anxiety, and difficulty on July 8, 2020, alone. Families complain about not having access to information, such as chatting to an inmate one day and then being called in by prison officials to identify a body the next.

It is so sad to see people die under poor management in prison, which reminds me of when the pandemic outbroke in China. A Chinese lawyer who requested anonymity told the BBC that since the outbreak of the epidemic, most prisons have implemented a 14-day working system for police officers, during which they are not allowed to go out. If a police officer has been infected outside, it will infect other colleagues who are also working in closed work and the prisoners under their management during this period.

“There may be underreporting, but it is limited to prisons and local governments.” Hubei Provincial Health Commission said, who believes that once the relevant departments obtain data from one prison, it may be necessary to review the situation in all prisons. Therefore, this timing, while it may seem political, is more a result of the data collection and reporting process.

Since late January 2020, many places in China have implemented a community isolation mechanism. Most people returning to their places of residence from other places are required to register and isolate themselves at home for 14 days, hoping to prevent the virus from spreading locally. Hubei Provincial Health Commission pointed out that the prison outbreak shows that these places have “systematic loopholes” in self-isolation procedures, personnel tracking, and virus detection.

Unfortunately even today people in China are not allowed to travel otherwise they will isolate themselves at home for 14 days…

c ya laterrrr

To me, c ya laterrrr is more like a game than an elit. Much like A Kiss and Twelve Blue, it is a piece based on the reader’s choice and different clues leading to different plots.

C ya laterrrr is a hypertext game based on a real experience. In May 2017 the author’s younger brother was one of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. According to the author’s statement, this game expresses some of the experience, along with exploring some of the what-ifs of choices he ultimately didn’t make.

At first, I would think it is a funny game. However, as I click, I feel a sense of sorrow inevitably. The sentences are like “life is too short” and “we fall asleep, same as many nights,” which makes me think that in the face of time flying by, there is nothing we can do about it. We can only enjoy life more in the limited time, do what we want to do, and not waste time. But the latter sentence makes me feel that every day we are sitting in the repetition of things, such as brushing our teeth, washing our face, eating, and sleeping, all of us want to be like robots, go to work and go to class, not to be defeated by life and live their own life is a very difficult thing.

 After reading the background of the piece, I will more pain and sorrow about it. c-ya-laterrrr is a deeply emotional autobiographical Twine game conveying the experiences of the author on 22 May 2017 and the days that followed: the day of the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

The prose is written devastatingly, showing how language’s influence endures in interactive technologies. The work is completely pared back to highlight the language and is presented as black text in lexis centered on a white background.

How To Rob A Bank

First of all, I want to thank Nicole for selecting such an interesting piece for us!!

The piece, How To Rob A Bank, is different from any piece we have learned before. According to the editorial statement, How To Rob A Bank is a young Bonnie and Clyde love story about the mishaps that befall a young male bank robber and his female accomplice. I have no idea what Bonnie and Clyde is, so I googled it, then I realized they are two criminals who are known for a series of bank robberies, murders, and kidnappings that took place between 1932 and 1934, the height of the Great Depression. The story is an immersive experience generated through readers’ hands-on use of apps, maps, imagery, animations, and audio.

There are five parts to How To Rob A Bank: research, escape, romance, home, and sister, sister. I find this immersive reading experience very interesting, and I especially like the novelty of informing the reader what to do next through the Google search engine. Also, it feels like playing a very new game, robbing a bank with a partner, and then experiencing the whole process from preparation to real action. The piece also shows a scene of a certain game in the game center, adding a sense of entertainment and tension.

Above all, very interesting piece. I am looking forward to Thursday’s presentation about it!

The Infinite Woman

According to the editorial statement, the Infinite Woman remixes excerpts from two mid-20th century books, Edison Marshall’s novel The Infinite Woman (1950) and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949). It is very interesting to know that the Infinite Woman is an interactive remix and erasure poetry platform, which I never see before.

Like blackout poetry and Letter to X we did before, it is very personal because we can design and make our work. In the Infinite Woman, users can take lines from the endlessly scrolling text and send them to a canvas workspace where they can change the wording and sentence structure. These user-generated erasure poems offer a wealth of opportunities for gendered subjectivity to be dissected and reimagined.

Within the website, we can select whatever sentences we like, and it will show on the right box. When selecting, we are composing our piece and we can click words we dislike so it becomes invisible.

I never thought the meaning behind it are so deep, according to the author’s statement, the Infinite Woman web app literalizes the idea of gendered infinitude by producing lines that will endlessly combine or erase the two source texts. This results in a process in code and in the reading experience that performs the critique underlying both source texts.

Overall, I am still confused about the fog over the text and I think it affects my reading experience.

Here is the piece I made :->

Review of Zui Yong Shi

《醉詠詩Zui Yong Shi》is a multi-media artwork, authored by Ren Yang, that generates Chinese WuYan JueJu poetry and pentatonic melody to pair with the poetry. The poetry matches most of the strict rules of WuYan JueJu poetry and the melody follows the Chinese pentatonic scale.

Some key navigation points should be paid attention to. First is Wuyan jueju, also known as the five-line stanza, is a genre of traditional Chinese poetry, which refers to a small poem in five lines and four stanzas that conforms to the rules of rhythm, meaning that a poem is composed of four lines, each line consisting of five words, for a total of twenty words.

In terms of literary traditions, influences, and another artistic context, Wuyan jueju originated in the Han Dynasty, was influenced by the folk songs of the Six Dynasties, and matured in the Tang Dynasty. With only twenty words, the five-line stanza can show a fresh picture and convey a variety of realistic moods. It is the greatest characteristic of the poem that it contains rich content in a short chapter.

However, due to the limitation of word count, the five-line stanzas required more concise and general language and expression than other poetic genres, making them more difficult to compose. Zhang Qianyi, a Chinese litterateur once summed it up with the words “short but long in flavor, especially difficult to enter into the subtlety”. Therefore, the five-line stanza naturally became the most brilliant pearl in Tang poetry, the essence of Tang poetry. Since the Tang dynasty, there have been many famous poems and stanzas, chanting history, and nostalgia, discussing political affairs, expressing ambitions, complaining of grievances, and speaking of friendships, with a wide variety of subjects and wonderfully diverse styles.

Also, the author said he was inspired by the article The Preface to the Spring Night Banquet in the Peach Garden《春夜宴桃李園序》 by famous Chinese poet, which is a parallel text written by Li Bai, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is a vivid account of a gathering of all the friends on a spring night, drinking wine, and writing poems. The author laments that heaven and earth are vast, time is fleeting, life is short, and joy is scarce, and he also supports this with the ancient saying “traveling by candlelight at night”, expressing the author’s joyful mood of loving life and nature, and showing his broad-mindedness of looking up to the past and the present. The poem is written in a dashing and natural way, with a resounding tone, and the wonderful parallelism of the sentences adds color to it.

Here is an excerpt from the work:


Face each other with, night, midnight


Watch while drunk, tilting moon, before


Left alone the feelings, in the morning, rare


Drunk, send, worry, endless mist.

From a personal perspective, there are many interpretations.

Here is one possible situation: in ancient China, there were constant wars and the common people lived in deep water for a long time. This may depict the image of the husband on the eve of parting from his family when he must go away as a soldier for the sake of the country. Assuming tomorrow the husband will be away on a long journey, so the wife is very sad to part with him. In the middle of the night, two people look at each other face to face, drinking wine and getting drunk, hoping to remember each other forever. Since the war is in cruelty, not knowing when the next meeting will be, or if there will be another meeting. When the early morning comes, the husband is far away, embarking on a journey with no return. Remarkably, in ancient Chinese literature, Sand and smoke are generally related to the battlefield. Also, the climate of northwest China is very arid, all the deserts and Gobi Desert, and war also occurred in these places.

Above all, this piece combines traditional Chinese poetry with computer technology. When we mouse over the Chinese, the corresponding English translation appears, facilitating the reading habits of native English readers, and the individual translation of individual words rather than the full text shows the textual arrangement of the ancient poem in a more original way, avoiding the problem of switching the order of words when translating.

Discuss in groups:

Order the words in the given poems according to English language grammar, then describe the picture in the poem in your own words.

What emotions do you think the poem contains?

Letters to Derick

Wow, this class really broadened my horizons by learning something I had never touched before, which is so interesting. The last time was blackout poetry; this time is Letters to X, which seems like crossword puzzles while creating artwork.

After reading the author’s statement, I learned that an interface called Letters to X uses handwritten letters as a springboard for developing “new” social media. It is also a critique of how digital devices impair interpersonal relationships.

On the website, we can click the bottom we want, and then some letters will display the letter accordingly. When the letter is shown, we can fill in the blank to complete it and thus create a new letter, personally.

Following the instructions, I wrote the first letter to Derick, my friend, to show my gratitude. I feel the website is more like a temple for writing, so we need to fill in the blanks and edit any part if we want.

Here is the piece I made myself.

Well, to be honest with you guys, there is no Derick in my life. I don’t have such a good BF or even a BF. Still waiting…

Black Out Blackout Poetry

I have no idea about blackout poetry because I have never touched it before. After researching it, I found that blackout poetry is created by removing words from a printed passage of text from a book, newspaper, or magazine and replacing them with your own words.

We can make our blackout poetry personally because it is straightforward. Firstly, find a piece of writing from a newspaper, an old book, or a magazine that you feel comfortable modifying. Then, look for the word that will serve as the focal point of your poetry while you skim the text. After that, read the poem from beginning to end. And return and circle any different words or phrases that might connect to your attention-grabbing word or phrase.

Also, you can always find a website that helps you make it. Here is my piece of work.

The title of the poetry is Machine: a still on blossoms over who was beyond more a hover. Sounds beautiful to me, and I also notice that it even rhymes, over corresponds hover. So maybe next time I can play it with my friends, and I am sure we could have a lot of fun with it.

From nowhere to everywhere

When I first looked at this piece of Elit, I was very excited to see the familiar Chinese character! It feels like meeting an old friend in another country, and I am so glad Dr. Mia Zamora chose this piece!

In this blog, I am going to share with you guys some fun facts I found from my personal experience! Get ready with me!

This map cleverly combines the topographical map of Canada with the Chinese cultural map of human acupuncture points.

This picture has a solid Chinese color, such as the signboard in Chinese and the traditional Chinese architecture—the archway. Still, it also reflects how Chinese culture collides and blends with Western culture in British Columbia’s Chinatown, where many foreigners in Western dress trade or live here, reflecting the harmony between the Chinese and the locals.

When I clicked on the little man sitting in front of the store in the upper left corner, an ear icon appeared on the screen. I clicked on it to play music played by traditional Chinese instruments, which sounded like a kind of sorrow and sadness of being uprooted from one’s homeland.

This image contains many Chinese elements of culture, such as YingYang (阴阳). Yin and Yang is an abstraction of the two opposite and complementary properties of the ancients in the universe. Also, it is the philosophical category of the unity of opposites and the law of thinking in the universe.

Chinese sages have coined the word “Yin and Yang” to represent the unity of opposites in which two things correspond and complement each other. Lao Zi says that “all things bear Yin and embrace Yang,” and in Yi Zhuan, “one Yin and one Yang is called Tao.” The Book of Changes is a mathematical and philosophical theory about the change of Yin and Yang.

At the bottom, “everywhere and nowhere,” you will see a yin and yang gossip map between two people. Click here for a video. This video has no words, only background music, and shows an older man with a face full of furrows. The camera slowly draws closer to focus on his eyes, full of vicissitudes, until the eyes fill the entire screen. The street slowly pulls away, and the older man becomes a newborn baby.

In my understanding, everywhere may refer to the tree of life’s sprouting roots and branches growing wildly until they wither, just like people entering their twilight years. Nowhere refers to the seeds that have not yet