Name: Peihan Valentina Ko
Sociology 01: Sociological Imagination Paper
I was raised in the country of Singapore. Having stayed there for most years until graduating from high school, I have mostly grown up in the system of uniformity. However, I was brought up differently from the regimented values that most Singaporeans had. I grew up in a house filled with a myriad of Asian cultures. My mom was half-Japanese and half-Taiwanese and my father was from Hong Kong before he moved to Singapore in middle school. He met my mom while studying at college in Taiwan and following that, they started a family in Singapore.
My mom belonged to a banking family in Taiwan so she invested heavily in the Asia stock market. My father, besides his job as a journalist, started investing in properties in Singapore as well as overseas for a more secure income. When I graduated from middle school, my dad decided to retire from his job, as he felt too pressured. He retired from his position as editor from sports and became a freelancer for independent magazines. Since then, the main income for my family had been from the stock market and properties. While my parents did not work, they travelled frequently to many places and hence, my brother and I were brought up to be independent and had to take care of ourselves from a young age. We were the only kids to take the public transport home since starting elementary school.
As a result, the relationship within our family is built based on video-conferencing, long distance calls and annual family trips. We have been taught to be self-sufficient and independent from a young age, and have always been more expressive than the conventional Asian children.
Sociological imagination refers to the ability for an individual to understand and access the situation or society as a whole collective rather than just personal trouble. As such, when difficulties are addressed, we come to see that our own problems do not only affect us but in...