soc paper revised - 1 Bayside is one of the higher end...

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1 Bayside is one of the higher end suburbs in the Queens borough of New York City. It is known for its above average education system and low crime rate, relative to other bordering neighborhoods or cities. Bayside has one of the largest Asian American populations, specifically Korean Americans making up a significant proportion of that demographic. I was born in the New York Presbyterian Hospital where my mother has been working as a nurse for over 20 years and lived in Brooklyn until I was around six months, then after moving to Bayside which became my home for the following twelve years. After my brother had finished elementary school, our family had decided on moving to New Jersey, specifically the township of Livingston which is located in the north central region. Despite its ridiculously high tax rates and standard of living, my parents felt it was necessary for my brother and me to enter into a better school system with smaller class sizes and “better” people to be around. Fifty percent of the residents of Livingston are Jewish and another fifteen percent are Asian American 1 ; thus Christian Western Europeans are actually a vast minority, the ratio of temples to churches being around 2:1 as indication of such. These sort of dynamic where typical minorities are majorities and vice versa created a very unorthodox setting for myself and other students in my high school. The social hierarchy was not based on athletics or being a cheerleader but rather split into mainly two parts: academics and wealth. Many Asian students were first generation Americans, so their parents emigrated from their respective countries with a great deal of motivation considering that most came with almost nothing. Because most of the families living in Livingston already were pretty well off as doctors, lawyers, and business owners, standards were set extremely high as parents wanted to instill the same discipline and drive to succeed as greatly as they had. It was the norm for Asian kids to be sent to summer 1 "Livingston Population and Demographics (Livingston, NJ)." Livingston Yellow Pages and Livingston NJ Guide . Web. 24 Sept. 2010. <http://livingston.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm>.
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2 schools and Jewish kids to have a yearlong one-on-one tutor. Everyone was constantly looking for ways to boost their GPAs or SAT scores; the top student rankings were more intensely followed than state voting during the electoral process for the president of the United States. And on the other side, everything was terribly materialistic with constant competitions of superior bar mitzvahs, more lavish sweet 16s, and spring break trips to Cancun or the Four Seasons. Sadly, neither side had much value at all. Character seemed to be thrown under the bus of elitism and covetousness. I was trapped within these two awful ends of a spectrum, which hardly was a range from
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