The separate articles by Ringmar and Beckley that were provided offer a well-rounded perspective of the current, past, and future states of economic relations between China and the United States. Ringmar’s study focuses primarily on the pragmatics of discourse (mainly performance) and how they have skewed the understanding of historical approaches to international relations. Acting in compliment to Ringmar’s qualitative analysis, Beckley’s paper adds a quantitative review of the true state of economic comparison between these countries.
The article, “I’m Gay and African American. As A Dad, I Still Have It Easier Than Working Moms” was written by Raynard Kington, and suggests that men enjoy certain privileges in society when it comes to leadership and parenting. The article talks about the challenges associated with parenting, especially on working mothers. The author reflects on his inauguration ceremony as the 13th president of Grinnel College, where he was interrupted by his 4-year-old son who wanted to join him on the stage. It is from that moment that Kington was inspired to write the article as he wondered whether a woman would be received well when interrupted by her kid on the stage. The community would have demeaned the woman for the son’s interference, as opposed to his case, even though he is a gay parent. The case would have been different with a woman because society still holds individual perceptions about women whereby most people believe that women are meant to stay at home, raising and nurturing children. The privilege men enjoy in the community spares them public scrutiny, as opposed to the female gender. However, the author’s situation is slightly different since he is gay, and he feels that he might not be emotionally attached to the women’s parenting debate. In his case, he enjoys certain advantages, including being born African American with a better-off social status and his differences in matters of gender and orientation detach him from the ongoing debates. However, Kington remembers how her mother had to quit her career to take care of them, and this, he believes, is the ultimate challenge that the modern woman encounters.
Watcher (2018) delves into the problems associated with miracle cancer cures, focusing on the impact that it has on the patients as well as the caregivers. Watcher looks at his personal experiences caring for patients with advanced cancer and the challenges that the introduction of miracle cancer cures poses in his practice. He highlights how the hospital stay is a crucial time when patients opt for palliative care having recognized the little to no hope that exists in curing their cancer. Watcher notes that while palliative care has proven to be effective in alleviating pain, improving comfort, and in some cases prolonging life, new generation cancer treatments have served to disturb the balance that doctors had so long enjoyed in the delivery of care. While some of these treatments have been associated with terms such as “cure” and “revolutionary”, they have not been found to work every time. Citing his personal experiences, Watcher cotes that only 15% of patients with advanced cancer will respond to these new treatments since it is very difficult to predict those who will benefit from the treatments and those who will not. Watcher concludes by recommending two courses of action, i.e., the incorporation of palliative care into aggressive treatment regimens for patients, and the training of doctor in handling conversations associated with the new cancer treatments.