Unequal Balance In Class And Social Inequality

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When approaching how certain factors play into the lives of individual people, we isolate a person’s experience and compare it to society as a whole. In order to understand societal impacts of racism, sexism, classism, and other sociological issues we must recognize our own struggles and connect them back to society. Due to our contrasting socioeconomic backgrounds, a generational gap formed to shape my life to be vastly different from my mother’s life. My mother is a Laotian refugee that immigrated to the United States during the Vietnam War when she was just a toddler, and like many Southeast Asians, struggled to assimilate to the American lifestyle. Immigrating to America meant that her family was of the lower class which affected her from gaining upward social mobility. In this paper I will argue that unequal balance in class differences affected how it shaped our lives. I am going to focus on how my privilege differs with hers by comparing our education and how I was able to increase my ability to advance my social mobility.
Asian Americans are treated as a monolithic group, but in fact there are different ethnic groups within the umbrella of “Asians” (1). Southeast Asian immigrants specifically are disadvantaged within the Asian community and a large amount of southeast asians reside below the poverty line (1). Entering into poverty is more likely for minority groups and it is harder to rise up from poverty once entered (2). Single mothers, specifically, rarely ever
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