Assignment 1.2 Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl's Habits

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Patricia Harris ENG115 6/23/2013 Patricia Harris ENG115 6/23/2013 (Image provided by New York Times, 2004) (Image provided by New York Times, 2004) Professor Jeanette Trammell Professor Jeanette Trammell Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits From peacocks to pigeons, Suki Kim tells her story about what it was like going from riches to rags. Her family forced to move to America, out of South Korea, she explains in detail how she “Faces Poverty with a Rich Girls Habits” (Kim, 2011). From maids to Laundromat’s, Kim was thirteen in the early 80’s when her family moved from their mansion to the upstairs portion of a two family brownstone. Public transportation now carried her to school instead of a chauffeur. Her living arrangements were not her only challenges; she also attended a public school due to their financial status. From majority to minority, Kim attempted to learn English watching a television and attended ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Within the group of immigrants, Kim tried to understand the different levels that existed (Kim, 2011). She found herself wanting things the American students had, and being told no due to the beliefs of her parents. From fairy tale to scary tale, she now walked halls that were decorated with graffiti and dirty floors. Teachers did not receive the respect of a bow like in Korean schools. Kim states “The wealthier Korean immigrants settled in Westchester or Manhattan, attending private schools” (Kim, 2011). With little money she had to tend the public school, which made it difficult for her to relate to her ESL classmates (Kim, 2011). The purpose of Kim’s memoir was to communicate her story and to reveal the challenges as an immigrant of America. She also wanted to communicate the adjustment that was
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