How Lies Control Us by Minsuh

How Lies Control Us

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The Truman Show

Like most other realistic fiction books, So B. It is about the adventure of a 12 year old girl ‘Heidi’ who has a mother with Developmental disability; also calls herself ‘So B. It’.

As she comes to an age, Heidi starts to wonder who her father is, her family, what her mother’s real name was and who SHE is. However, this book talks much more than just an adventure of a girl finding her background.

So B. it might seem like a realistic fiction book about Heidi’s adventure as she tries to discover who she and her mother is, but it actually talks about ‘lies’ and how it controls us.

After discovering the picture of her mother and her grandmother, which she didn’t even know existed, she decides to find the place in the picture to find out if she and her mother had really just dropped from the sky, or if another family member knew about her Mama’s story, her real name. Heidi wants to find out mama’s unknown past so she is headed to Hilltop.

On her way to Hilltop, Heidi meets a woman named Alice and she makes up episodes in her life.

‘My chest swelled with pride. I was discovering something else about lying. When people believe in what you say, you forget you’re not telling the truth.’

Listening to Heidi, Alice already knows that she was just making this up, but doesn’t stop to tell her. She listens until Heidi is done.

‘“Oh” I said, or tried to anyway. My lips could only manage to form around the sad roundness of the word; no sound actually came out of my mouth. Now I understood. She’d known all along that I was lying’

Through these kinds of situations, Heidi discovers new things about lying.

(Heidi’s List of lies)

Things I know about lying

Lying is bad

Lying is wrong

Sometimes people lie because the truth is too bad to admit

Sometimes it’s easy to do

Sometimes if you’re not careful you start to believe in your own lies

Sometimes it makes you feel guilty

Sometimes it doesn’t

People don’t always tell you when they know you’re lying

The book is almost like it is divided up into chapters and Heidi learns a lesson about lying in each one. So B. It isn’t just a realistic non fiction book that talks about a story of a 12 year old girl and her adventure, it also talks about lies and how it controls us and is connected to our society.

Minsuh’ Historical Fiction Vignettes

Two years to go

Girls my age, the girls who don’t have to go to dusty factories and live in one room with the whole family–they go to school. School is a place where adults read stories to kids and children talk to each other run around and play tag, get their own desks and LEARN. But while they go to school, I have to walk around these machines all day and breathe in bad air. I wish I could be breathing in the school’s fresh, cool air right now, or even tomorrow. Maybe I could go to school someday when Mama comes back. She said she will be back someday when I’m twelve, she promised to. Just two years to go.. She said she’s going to bring me a happy life, I think it was a good thing but I don’t know why she cried that much. Just two years to go and Mama and I will have a cozy, warm house for our family. Just two years and my Mama will teach me how to knit–a hat for my brothers and a pair of gloves for my father so he won’t feel cold with the cast on his arm and I’ll knit a long scarf for Mama and I.. so we could recognise each other in case we ever fall apart again.


The floating house

I’ve never seen so many people in my life–So many kinds of people! I was really excited for my big journey, but as my relatives in the states say, it is not that easy. Even going on the floating house was tough. First, I tried to buy a ticket but the lady who was selling them won’t let me and kept talking about children tickets and adult tickets, which I couldn’t understand because she spoke in a language called English. I took nearly an hour to get that piece of paper that would let me enter into the house that floated on water. When I sat on one of the seats in the house, a guy wearing a blue shirt which had a bunch of silver stuck to it started yelling at me to go to the lower level. Maybe it was his seat, I felt kind of sorry for him. After I sat on another chair that looked a little browner and older than the seat the one I just sat on. It was really tough but I kept on dreaming about the life I would have in America.
Grey eyes

Why a young girl in a place like this? She looked like she was 13 or 15, but her young, bright face covered with ashes, hard, rough palms with not even a hint of softness of a child’s hand. They say her mother died when she was five, father was deaf-mute and and her brother, who ran away. Once, she rode the train for 8hours to find her brother who was her only hope it the letters that he said, that said he was raising money was nothing but a pile of lies. He took the money she brought and ran away. From that day and on, she never smiled, not even a drop of smirk on her face was found. Her eyes looked like she had lost everything and what was left was a grey in her eyes.

Vignette Minsuh Chung

Korea is small as a pea, a tiny country compared to their neighbors China, and Japan. These countries have affected each other for a long time like language, clothing and also food.Dried seaweed with a greenish black colour, ‘Gim’ is one of the food Japan and Korea share. The only difference was that back then, Japan sold Packaged Gim which was Gim so people who are fussy about food can eat Gim also while traveling.

My visiting Japan, my grandfather found Packaged Gim and brought it to Korea right away, and started his factory.

Not big and luxurious but people started to take interest for the Packaged Gim and bigger companies started to sell it as well. But my grandfather’s factory was not able to compete against those companies and was pushed to the side.