Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits 1 Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits Assignment 1.2 Monique Henderson English 115 Professor Revell November 18, 2012 Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits 2 Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits Assignment 1.2 I always wondered about how rich people would feel if they were put in poor people’s shoes. That is what happened in this essay, about how a Korean girl went from having anything she wanted and being very wealthy to losing everything overnight. Her family went from rich to poor over night because her father’s business crumbled and he had to file bankruptcy. To see how middle class people struggle with money instead of assuming everything is easy. The family moved to Queens, New York in the 1980’s.
Nowadays, we can see lots of teenagers who try to fit in on the society by living like the society; sometimes this led to destruction. As the novel continues, Josie also feels being pressured at her school. Firstly, because most of the students at her school came from wealthy families and her acceptance to the wealthy catholic girl’ school was trough scholarship and not by paying the fees. Secondly, because her parents weren’t married when she was born and she had never met her father until the age of seventeen; in other words she doesn’t feel as normal like the other girls at her school feels. In my experience, issues like this happen in many schools, when you feel you’re an outcast on your school because you came from a low standard of living and your studying in a wealthy school.
When Jeanne first arrived at Manzanar, she felt overwhelmed because before, “We were the only Japanese family in the neighborhood.” (7) The family began to grow apart as time passed, so Jeanne began to explore by herself. Once schools started, she began to experiment with many things; however papa didn’t have the same thoughts. Before they began to leave Manzanar, they expected brutal racism because of other stories, but once they arrived in the new place, it wasn’t as bad as they thought. While they were there Jeanne begins to go to Middle school as a 6th grader. While she is there, people are very surprised that she can speak English.
Traditional students are weak in reading and writing due to the “No Child Left Behind Act” implemented in 2001. Students were passed on to higher grades, not knowing the basics. The adult students were held back grades until they learned what was needed to continue. Traditional students are taught in schools how to use computers and the internet. Computers are now being introduced in kindergarten classes.
Ian Bullock Bullock 1 2-13-09 Block 2 American History Honors SOLD: A BOOK REPORT Sold is a historical fiction novel written by Patricia McCormick that portrays the horrible atrocities of poverty. It details some of the lengths that some people will go to help support family. Also, it displays some of the deceit that goes along with having to support family, and repay debt. In Patricia McCormick's sorrowful and well-written young adult novel, the waking nightmare that young Nepalese girls experience after being sold into sexual slavery is told through the intelligent eyes of 13-year-old Lakshmi. Her family loses the little it
Tan emphasizes that fact that her mother recognizes her opportunities and interaction in life are limited by her English. When Tan was young she used to have to call people on the phone and act as if she was her mother in order to get people to pay attention to her when she had to yell at her mother’s stockbroker for not sending a check. Another occasion Tan describes is when her mother went to the doctor to get her results of a CAT scan, the doctors ignored her. She makes Tan talk to the doctor that they apologize for losing her results of a CAT scan and solve the problem. Tan comes to the idea that the language spoken in the family, especially in immigrant families plays a large role in shaping the language of a child and opportunities in life.
Since bankruptcy is an illegal offence in South Korean culture, punishable by prison time, the family decided to pack up and flee to the United States of America, to the ghettos of Brooklyn, New York. Not knowing how to speak English, and not having all the luxuries she grew accustom to in South Korea, she spoke about the culture shock she faced during her school years in the 80’s. She stated that she didn’t even find too much in common between her and the other Korean American students at her
Society has also played an important influence on both these Authors as Tanya Barrientos explains in Se Habla Espanol. Because of her families desire to have English to be the only spoken words in the home, she tells of how she grew up around few Latino’s. And that speaking Spanish reflected your social status of being poor, and that you where limited to a meager life of housekeeping and waiting tables. That even ambitions for ones future was frowned upon because of the language that her family denied to speak. This very thought by society is reflected in (3rd paragraph 489). “Your children are always behind, and you have the nerve to bring them
Also, when i handed my homework to teacher, i gave my homework with two hands. That too is the Korean expectation and is a must in the Korean society attempting to fix this cultural problem. I tried not to speak in verbal way or use two hands when handing something. However, I forgot to use the Korean way to my mother and she was furious. Lots of cultural differences exist in our lives.
In the beginning of “The struggle to be an All American girl”, Elizabeth Wong started out with describing Chinese school in her living town and wrote about her and her brother’s experience of changing their culture from Chinese to American since they were children. They went to the Chinese school because her mother pretention to keep their cultural estate even though they hated it. At the school, they learned not only Chinese but politeness as well. The school in her memory smelled like “mothballs or dirty closet”, and the principal was look like a “maniacal child killer”. She also described her learning Chinese like the most boring thing in the word by using some words as: “kowtow”, “chant”, “sing-san-ho” and ideographs letters.