Pursuit of Happiness, for the Wealth
As I sit there watching will smith portray a character that went from rages to riches in the movie “Pursuit of Happyness”, I thought to myself, does this story really applies to all? America has always been known for their number one belief that states equal opportunities for all and no limitations on success. To work hard and you can go anywhere you want to go in life. But as I grow up and watch my parents struggle day to day to feed their six children, I began to realize that the “American dream” does have limitations and started to question if these opportunities are only meant for the elites. And that common folks like me will never have a chance to become those rich and wealthy individuals that make up only one percent of population. Conflict theory prospective is the best way to describe how our society is built and the inequalities that many people face in America.
My social location has put me in a position and state of mind that I can only achieve enough, and not to my full potential. Though I have many traits that can count against me, such as being a woman or a minority, what most shaped me as a person today and how I view my social location is my social class. I came from a big family of eight and five other siblings, all immigrants from Vietnam, excluding my younger sister. Because I came here at a very young age, I did not face the many challenges that my older siblings and parents had to go through. Life growing up was normal and I was able to experience everything that a normal American girl could experience. I was raised in an area where 90% of the people were Asian and a lot like myself. I didn't face any racism, religious bash, or any criticisms regarding who I am. Not until recently, and a little bit in my high school days, did I begin to notice that my place in society holds me back from achieving great success.
High school was consists of sitting in class listening to my econ teacher talk about...