Letter to the Museum of Tolerance

Karen’s Letter

Dear Museum of Tolerance,

Thank you so much for giving my peers and I the opportunity to be able to go and learn more about so many issues in society that have occurred not only in the past, but that are still going on today. I am truly grateful to have been able to attend your museum and to have been able to learn life changing and eye opening lessons.20030722145726

At your museum I learned that in order for us as a society to be heard we need to speak up and make ourselves be heard. I also learned that we can do that by using our words instead of turning to violence. I was able to learn that even though we as humans have our differences, we should never be too quick to judge someone because of the way the look or because of what they believe in because at the end of the day we realize that we are all going to have our own opinions and we all have to respect what others around us choose to believe in as well. I would also like to thank your museum for informing me a lot more about the holocaust and how it actually took place. Even though some things that I learned were a bit disturbing I am grateful that I was able to see them because it is important to know the truth about what took place during the holocaust, since it was one of the most racial events that occurred in our history.

When our group went into “the Point of View Diner” I was shocked to learn that some of my peers still witness or encounter bullying around them. I was also shocked when I learned that many people of all ages have turned to committing suicide as a solution. This activity made me realize how important bullying is and how we as a society needs to come together to bring bullying to an end.

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I hope to take the experiences that I had from your museum with me by being more opened minded about what others choose to believe in and not judge them because of that. I also want to take my experiences with me to help better the society and pass the message on that it is important for us to speak up whenever we see that there are injustices being made in our society.

Once again I would like to thank your museum very much for giving my peers and I a tour of the museum and for allowing us to have new experiences and learn new things. I am truly grateful and I can honestly say that I was able to learn life changing lessons from the tour that I will take to help make the world a freer and better place to live in. Thank You so much!!!

 

 

Sincerely,

Karen Hernandez

 

Letter from Samantha

“I had always read and learned about the Holocaust, but by experiencing it through the Museum of Tolerance, it felt more real and had a much deeper physical impact. My favorite moment was meeting the Holocaust survivor.

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Seeing her in person and hearing her tell her story left me and my normally chatty classmate
speechless. To meet someone who appeared so small and fragile who had actually survived through the Holocaust was an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit the Museum of Tolerance.
Being a Peer Mediator, I have been taught to promote peace inside University Senior High School, but with this added experience I feel we can expand it to the world. Thank you for this life changing experience. “
Samantha Elms, Peer Mediator
University Senior High School

Client Story: Mediating Landlords and Tenants

Mediating Landlords and Tenants

          Landlord-tenant cases are some of the most frequent cases that come across the desks of the mediators of the APADRC—they also represent one of the most challenging subset of cases to mediate. This is due to the inherent complexities of the landlord-tenant relationship such as: power imbalance and the need for functioning ongoing relationships post-mediation.  LandlordTenant1

            Party one, a group of students, sought the services of the APADRC after realizing that they could not resolve the dispute with their landlord without the help of a third party. There were many factors at play in this ongoing dispute with one of the main factors being miscommunication between the two parties. The landlord felt frustration at the students’ lack of understanding of certain cultural practices and the students felt ignored by the management. This is the deadlock that the APADRC was asked to resolve through mediation.

This may seem like a daunting task, but upon closer inspection the APADRC was able to identify and build relationships with the leaders of the two parties through regular telephone calls. We were able to keep both parties updated as to the status of this case; however there were definitely roadblocks encountered. Persistence is key in mediation and this case exemplifies this principle as evidenced by the incessant voicemails and follow-up phone calls to ensure that both sides received the most up-to-date information.

The next step in this conciliation required the DRC staff to explain some American cultural norms; this was necessary because some of the ideas seemed suspicious to party one when party two attempted to communicate these norms. For example, we explained the “middleman situation” of the landlord in this case and how this position disallowed issuing an immediate rent credit. In addition, we explained the students’ frustration with the prolonged process of receiving what they felt was their due reward. It was also necessary to explain to both parties that using examples involving other individuals outside of the case is detrimental to the conciliatory process.

Maintaining a positive attitude and facilitating forward movement in a case is extremely crucial and this case attests to this. Negative attitudes or dismal outlooks manifest themselves in several ways. In this case, party one began to doubt whether mediation could solve this conflict and party two sought to escalate the conflict. Through reframing and restating. The DRC staff was able to re-channel this energy into seeking a speedy resolution to the case. It is interesting that through the back and forth communication between the two parties through a neutral mediator, this case was successfully resolved (in the eyes of both parties) with an intact landlord tenant relationship.

 

By APADRC CRS Intern Akilah Booty

Go See “Linsanity”

So last night, a few of us at the APADRC went to go see the documentary “Linsanity”. Suffice it to say, if you are looking for a groundbreaking, innovative work of cinema, this documentary is not for you. But if you are looking for an uplifting, spiritual journey of one man persevering to follow his dreams, then this is definitely for you.Lin

For me personally, few moments in my life filled me with as much joy and astonishment as watching Jeremy Lin’s story unfold before me. My fellow moviegoers from the APADRC can attest to this; they described me as having a smile affixed to my face like I had eaten the world’s sweetest dessert for the entire hour and a half. So sweet!

Those reading this are wondering how someone could derive so much joy from watching the story of some basketball players. And yes, I will concede there was a plethora of awe-inspiring, mouth-dropping in-game highlights (my personal favorites being the dunk on John Wall and the spin move against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers). Hey, it wouldn’t be a sports movie without some silky smooth moves.

Yet, this documentary is more than the sweet displays of athletic prowess. It would be a disservice to Jeremy to say this; he is more than a basketball machine composed of a collection of pump fakes and crossovers. We see not only his hard work, but the people that helped him along the way. We see him admitting the luck that factored into his opportunities and professing his gratefulness as well for everyone and everything that went into his success. Thus, we see that the person we know as Jeremy is more than just a basketball player.

We already knew, however, all of these things. Had the movie just focused on these aspects, it would have made for a dull affair. It is his moments of candor and vulnerability that make this film shine and develop Jeremy into a 3-dimensional human being. These moments such as when he admitted that he felt that racial discrimination prevented him from getting any offers to play at any big college basketball programs and that he wanted to quit professional basketball after his first NBA season create not a pristine idol of worship but rather a role model and it is in this capacity that Jeremy Lin is at his best.

For it is the role model that we all deep down want to relate and aspire to. This is because we do not want to become distant, deified figures but rather extraordinary human beings. We want people to understand and relate to us and vice versa. This is not possible however without seeing just the safe, positive things; we need to see the struggle, the ugly, and the imperfection of it all and no matter how extraordinary the human being, these things will always persist. And there is perhaps no one who embodies this better than Jeremy.

To put it simply, he is just Jeremy being Jeremy. And for those of you like me who want to see a person for what he or she is, then you should definitely go see this movie. I can’t guarantee that you will enjoy it as much as I did or that you will enjoy it at all. What I can guarantee is that you will definitely understand this man for who he is. And isn’t that the point in the first place?

Written by APADRC CRS – Scott Hung