The Young, The Famous, By Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel

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Individualism in American culture today is diminishing family values. Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel in her argumentative essay, "The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: Individualism as an American Cultural Value" wrote in such an organized way, I found it extremely difficult to not side with her in most all aspects that she touched on. She incorporated her own personal life into her essay just enough, given the topic. As I was reading I couldn't help but feel emotional as I tied her examples in with my own life. Natadecha-Sponsel was very effective at persuading the reader of her opinions. Throughout this piece the author displays an intense level of understanding, not only that but for every opinionated statement, there was a reason, explanation, or story exclaiming why she has the feelings she does. It could have just been me but after the things she seen, like the patient in the doctors office lazily answering the question "how are you?"…show more content…
Regret because it made me think how much different my life could be right now if I would still live with my parents, and guilt because well I'm guilty of doing exactly as the author had mentioned is a problem in America. Before reading this I've had some thought that I made a bad life choice leaving so early, but Natadecha-Sponsel does such an immaculate job at connecting this cultural difference to me personally, I think I'm going to have to run home after reading it and give my mom a hug! The author showed me that just because as a society we're brought up to be so individual doesn't mean that other people don’t still appreciate your company, or need you. Along with that I also feel sort of curious to how different not only me, but my family would be if we were brought up in Thailand rather than

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