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ethnographic paper for anthro - Kang Esther Anthro MWF F...

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Kang, Esther Anthro, MWF & F 2-2:50pm TA: Jennifer Clinton Ethnographic Paper- Recession The recession, a period of an economic contraction, has been affecting the lives of countless individuals across the United States. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession started on December 2007, and unfortunately it is still continuing today. Lives are changing for the worse as many individuals are losing their jobs and becoming in debt. Families struggle to feed their household while others worry about their children’s education and their children’s futures as they begin to attend college. The difficulty has left many penniless. College freshmen minorities at the University of California Santa Barbara can relate to this statement as they unfold their stories of the difficulty they are encountering. Higher education has become a luxury as the expenses for education is overwhelming with more than twenty thousand dollars a year. Through interviews, five students share their problems only to discover that they share the same fears and share the same obstacle that is getting in the way to fulfill their dreams; money. Money has a huge impact on a student’s education, especially for freshmen who are learning how much the education at the school costs and trying to discover how they are going to pay for it. For many minorities, education is a crucial part in their lives as many parents of minorities did not have the opportunity to attend school. For instance, my mother was not able to attend college because in South Korea, education is paid for from the beginning of one’s education to the end of one’s education. She did not have the chance to go due to the fact that
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she was the oldest of four siblings, and had to get a job in order to help pay for her younger siblings’ education. Many minorities’ parents experienced the same situation and pressure their children to do well in school so that they would have a better life. As a college freshman minority student myself, the desire to seek knowledge of how other college freshman minorities in the University of California Santa Barbara were living, was interesting to me. Without including myself, there were two Hispanic individuals, two Asian individuals, and one Black individual among the group interview and discussion that took place in the lounge of our dorm.
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