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.”
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
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.
Q: In what ways have class, culture, and race affected your individual learning? Discuss with examples their implications in your or your family’s life.
R: Being Asian-American, I can say the stereotype that Asian parents are strict with school work is true. I was always pressured to do the best and excel in school and extracurriculars. My mom was lucky enough to come to America and still be able to attend high school and college, but for my aunties and uncles that wasn’t the case. Financially, they were struggling because they couldn’t get good paying jobs since their English wasn’t too great. That pushed my cousins and me to study that much harder in school so that colleges would accept them and give grants and scholarships to pay off college expenses and such. With my cousins we were all constantly compared to one another when my cousin got a full ride scholarship to a very prestigious college that I didn’t even get accepted in, there were massive amounts of shame from my parents, relatives, and grandmother. This made me alter my learning techniques and study habits. Our aunties and uncles also pushed us even harder with school work because they didn’t want all their hard work to go to waste. They want us to have a better life and future. my race, class, and culture have affected my learning experience growing up.
Reimaging Educational Practices
In an article I read from Steven C. Ward, he mentions how college rankings create a “consumer sovereignty” where the college applicants and in demand professors use the college ranking to help determine which university they want to attend or work for. This is very true in our world today, these ranking constitutes a numerical value to quantify amorphous things like “excellence” or “world class.” So the higher the ranking the more attraction and applications the university generates. Although these rankings are flawed, numerous schools across the country are renowned for things that those rankings don’t factor in. I’ve been told that it doesn’t matter the school, what matters is what you make out of it. At University of San Francisco, it may not be one of the top Universities in the country but I can still generate success after attending because I put the effort in, and our college rankings cannot quantify that for status-seeking college students and parents to know.
Ward. S. (2014, October 2). What do University Rankings Actually Mean? Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/what-do-world-university-rankings-actually-mean-32355
Living in the Bay Area my whole life exposed me to a great deal of diversity in many aspects of life: racial, financial, religious, etc. So even though I was different from my peers, I wasn’t out of place because we were all different, but regardless, people still tended to section certain people into groups and gravitate towards people they looked like or had similarities with, tokenization at its finest.
My parents are Asain immigrants and my appearance brings up a lot of stereotypes to people’s minds. Because I am Asian I was tokenized to be very smart and to be an overachiever who eats dogs or other odd animals for dinner. Although it was quite the opposite. I struggled with school all my life and sometimes fell behind and didn’t know what to do or how to ask for help. I had to keep up with a persona that wasn’t mine and create a facade of who they thought I was. It was a very inaccurate depiction of who I really was, and it hindered my potential because I would sometimes fall into conforming to what they perceived me as and lose sight of my own individual identity.
My audio essay will be mine, and my family’s perspective on my cousin coming out to us. I am going to touch on social identities pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community. I want to start off mentioning how we are a traditional Catholic Filipino family that go to church every Sunday and attend Catholic schools all our lives. Once I introduce my family, I will share my perspective of her coming out and my support for her and then segway into my family focusing more on my mom and dad and my aunties and uncles since they are more old-school and traditional. In my audio essay, I want to also point out the time my cousin introduced us to her girlfriend at our Christmas celebration and how she also had a daughter. This was a big pill for everyone to swallow and made it a little harder for everyone to accept. My audio essay will shed a light on how every day the LGBTQ+ community struggles with their identities out in public and within their own families.
I have yet to think in depth what topics I wanted to cover in my audio essay about identities. I am not as informed and well-versed in heavy topics like racial identity or social identity. I tend to stray away from controversial topics like those and focus on more light-hearted things such as keeping up with my favorite artists and when their new music is coming out or fashion and what my favorite celebrity icons are wearing. All my favorite artists express how they have struggled with their identities and how to share their perspective on life in their music or on their social media. So I have been exposed to gender inequality, racial injustice, and hate towards the LGBTQ+ community but that was it. I sympathized and connected with their music but never delved deeper into the root of the problem and really get to understand in a deeper sense what they really go through. So to really grasp what I plan on saying in my audio essay I will need to do my research beforehand so I can get some background information to base my essay on. I do know that I want to touch on social identity for the LGBTQ+ community and how they make a statement in today’s society because that does hit home for me. I have family members and close friends who do struggle with their identity and sexuality in the workplace, with family, and in life in general. I also want to touch on racial identities focusing on the minorities because I myself am a part of the “minority” group and I want to share how we make a name for ourselves in today’s society.
My literary essay will be in my point of view and how I am witnessed racial and social identities evolve and become more prominent in our society. I want to touch on how the LGBTQ+ community made a name for itself especially living in San Francisco where they have their own little town in the big city and how my family and close friends struggle with their identities internally and externally. I initially wanted to talk about both racial and social identities, but to really express a concise story and emotion, it is best to talk about just social identities. I will try to shed some light on racial identities in my story.
The purpose of this assignment is to effectively tell a story about identity, cultural, and racial stereotypes using our voice and sound effects. Some strengths I might have to better convey my point of view and perspective using my voice and tone and utilizing sound effects to draw the audience into my story. My biggest challenge for the assignment is the writing itself, not the audio because I am not the strongest writer and I have difficulty with expressing my thoughts clearly and cohesively for a professional essay. To combat my challenge I can go to the Writing Center or even talk to my professor and peers for more inspiration. This assignment is different from my past assignments where I presented my writing with a visual essay, and I am excited to explore what this audio essay assignment can teach me.