In the course I have learned to respect diversity of other ethnicities and how diverse a classroom could potentially be. I have noticed in our classroom we have different ethnic groups. It was astonishing to see the hardship each ethnic group faced or still faces. The socioeconomic status has given a new perspective on people of less income and taught me to become more empathetic towards others.
Ethnic groups are defined as “memberships based on one’s national origin or the national origin of one’s ancestor when they migrated to the United States.” Being of the Southeast Asian ethnic background, it influences me into having a positive outlook on immigration. It was tough to adapt to a different culture and the education system was also poor at teaching students about diverse individuals. The teachers were mainly of Caucasian background that didn’t really put much emphasis on diversity. The extension curricula that was added into the education system ...view middle of the document...
Discrimination was a significant part of my childhood and it has shaped me into who I am today. Students were prejudice against other students that were not the same “color” as them. My peers had mistaken me for a Muslim because of their lack of understanding of other cultures. Furthermore, some students went to the extent of calling me a “terrorist” because I wore a turban. Discrimination could also be against gender, female typically receive a lower salary than of males. The worst treatment at work or in public is given to transgender. They are not accepted by society because in some respects it is against other people’s religion. After the discussion during class, I was clear on how poorly transgender are treated, the army man could have got the job but after his surgery he was denied the opportunity.
The third chapter was a revelation to see how much socioeconomic impacts a person’s personality or family values. My family values are open communication among family members, saving money, and getting a degree; these values could possibly not be valued in other socioeconomic class. My family’s socioeconomic status would be lower middle class; the most hardship would be not able to spent time with my parents because they are mostly at work and have no leisure time for us. Money was very hard for us, not being able to buy the accessories we want. Learning about socioeconomic status has broadened my perspective on the diversity of families living in different social class from another. The concept of families living in different social class has never come to my attention before. I have never understood this philosophy because I personally do not pay attention to a person’s income or what they own.
In conclusion, even though many are unsure or unaware of what it really means to have a culture, we make claims about it every day. Our knowledge of culture, ethnicity and identity is subconsciously internalized on a daily basis through constant social interactions. Although the concepts of race and ethnicity are socially constructed, they are real in their consequences
Gollnick, D. M., & Chinn, P. C. (2013). Multicultural education in a pluralistic society (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.