April 27-Freewrite

In the Asian culture, since birth, you are taught that you’re only successful if you work in jobs that pay 6 figures and up whether it be a CEO, a doctor, or even a lawyer.  This plays a crucial role in why there are stigmas against “manual labor” jobs.  They are looked down upon and looked at as uneducated, that this was the only route they could go and their first and second choice didn’t work out for them.  Another reason is that due to the hard labor, and the pay isn’t always the best.  So one’s first choice in job selection wouldn’t be a plumber or electrician, etc.

I don’t think society and our cultural norms are representing labor workes in the highlight they deserve.  Some feel passionate about what they do even though its hard labor and doesn’t always pay as well.  These occupations and workers are needed in society for the well-being of the people.

In today’s fast pace society, technology is the forefront of it all.  Our world is changing and becoming more advanced through technology, and a lot of blue collared workers are left in the dust because they are being replaced by outsourcing or technology.  As a business major, my goal after graduation is to find an office job that pays well, and become a “knowledge worker.”

Outline:

Intro: talk about the difference between manual work and knowledge work

Cultural norms: Asian backgrounds

Educational script: how education and the curriculum has changed since the 90’s

Societal norms: stereotypes faced by manual workers,

Myself as a business major what type of work I want to involve myself in and my input of how they manual labor jobs are viewed as

Conclusion

April 18, 2018

After reading Matthew Desmond’s “Home and Hope,” I couldn’t help but think about the short film I watched at during the USF Film Festival.  I watched a short film called “Company Town” which delves into the gentrification of San Francisco and its impact on the locals.  People from the Mission District, Chinatown, North Beach, etc are being evicted out of their homes due to tech companies monopolizing the homes and land.  People are left homeless and hopeless.  “Company Town” further strengthens Desmond’s argument of what happens to people physically and psychologically when they are forced out of their homes, their safety and their sense of self.

I grew up in the Bay Area about a 45-minute drive away from District 3 of San Francisco where “Company Town” focused their film on, and I would frequently visit Chinatown with my grandmother and uncle to get fresher groceries at a cheaper price.