Other Side of the AA’s American Dream

Most of us heard the rusty “American dream” cliché. It is something that denotes having the best version of a life; a good, stable career (mayhap somewhere in the restless city of New York), a good house to some county’s suburbs, social mobility for self and family, so on. I could specify more but there’s only a bottom-line – an American dream is a life that is full of prosperity according to the society’s common standard which emphasizes the importance of wealth. Wealth as defined by the majority is the amount of dollars you have in your bank account.

To many Asians, specifically those who live in third-world countries where poverty has become an adaptable thing, being able to step into America and have a work is a dream come true. It is as though their visa-marked passports were their tickets to a brand new life but, there is actually a dark side to it.

How it feels like being an Asian working in the American soil according to our fellow Asians, we will talk about it in a moment. For now, here is a little history. The first Asian to step in U.S soil were Filipino men (Manilamen, as they called themselves) who flee from Spanish ships where they were mistreated. In 1778, Chinese explorers arrived in Hawaii, followed by the Japanese who came to America in mid-19th century . As per 2012, data from the U.S Census Bureau of Estimate says that Asian-American communities account for more than 5% of the U.S population. There are even towns where the Asian American population is over fifty percent.

Going back to the status of Asian-Americans…

You see, most of the time the media only portrays positive sides of the story. Often, Asian-American workers in the United States are referred as overachievers, genius Mathematics brainiacs and lab rats who created this new technologies that are about to change history. If only the undocumented immigrant and low-wage worker become part of the general story, the picture would be very different.

For instance, in New York where South Asians account more than twenty percent of the 2 million immigrant workers, most of these people are low-wage workers who usually live in basements apartment that cost them in average $200 a month . They can’t do anything about it because they couldn’t afford to pay a formal apartment in NY. On average, a south Asian worker in NYC is only paid for less than five dollars.

Then there are the dreamers who took risks for crossing the Mexican borders. The U.S Department of Homeland Security says that there are more than a million undocumented immigrants from Asia. Most of these people are in the US to find better lives, perhaps, achieve that American dream; have a job, provide better finances for the family they left and earn as much as they could. Another issue on the rise is the trafficking of Chinese Citizens in the United States through the Mexican borders. These illegal immigrants would have to hike through the terrain of Sonoran Dessert to get to the United States. If they can make it (surviving the melting hot temperature in the dessert, I meant), they are promised to have worked in America.

Then they will have to re-pay whosoever “helped” them get through the borders along with the promise that if they are sent back to China, they will be refunded.

Some are lucky to have the job promised to them. They worked, repay, earned and at some point, managed to file legal documentation for their stay in the United States. But, there are also some of them who didn’t even made it through the boarder. They were either got caught by the border guards or have not survived from the cruel heat of the dessert.

Asian American Healthcare Systems

Although the statistics , says that 66% of Americans are satisfied with the U.S healthcare system, it’s clearly visible as seen on media reports and even from the opinions of some of our fellows (specifically the Asian-American), that there is a big room for improvement when it comes to providing better healthcare for the people. Whatever the Medicaid or Medicare cover, the “minority” on that percentage is still a notable number of millions unsatisfied Americans. What is more for the Asian-Americans to whom language barrier alone is a culprit for their limited access to healthcare and other national privileges?

The healthcare system in America has been a center of conversation in between me and my friends. Matter-of-factly speaking, we talked about it most of the time. We talked about possibilities and of course, we have our conversation about our own disappointments.

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization’s director Jen Lee said that according to data as measured, Asian Americans with limited English proficiency have hard time understanding about their insurance policies. This is a huge boundary since most insurance provider hand out their plans’ with English as default language on documentations. Furthermore, the Health and Human Services explains, “Language barriers can interfere with receiving quality health care. About one-third of Asian-Americans do not speak English very well. Some do not speak any English. Many Asian-Americans may not know about the risk factors for disease or the role of preventive health care. Cultural beliefs about health and illness often conflict with Western medicine, which keep some Asian-Americans from seeking help for symptoms or sticking with treatment. Those living in poverty or uninsured may have limited access to health care.”

There is a research that portrays how racial discrimination relates to illness among different ethnic populations. In this study, evidences were gathered to identify gaps and boundaries that block the possibilities of better healthcare for people whatever their race might be. Support studies like these remain underdeveloped. This is why it is hard to raise my hopes up for fast improvements when it comes to healthcare for Asian Americans.

Asian Americans accounts more than 5% of the U.S population . They also account for more than one-quarter of foreign-born population in the America. The growth of Asian Americans continues to expand each year, yet, the healthcare system remains as is, like it is taking its sweet time to savor the status quo.

The statistics we talked at the beginning may have shows that the majority of Americans are satisfied with the current healthcare provided by the U.S government but on the race of the wealthiest countries when it comes to providing healthcare, the United States hold the lowest rank . This is obviously one of the reasons why complaints and rants about the system flood.

Asian Americans are expected to grow by 37.6 million by 2050 . Hopefully by then the healthcare system is more stable, reliable, central, organized and among all, fair.

Tales of my trip to Australia where I played some pokies

Those of you who know me, know that I am not much of a gambler. But I happened to visit Australia last week, for my job. The first thing I have to tell you is that aussie women are just gorgeous. Especially if you travel this time of the year, it’s so hot that they are wearing very light summer dresses and its not uncommon to see many girls walking in bikinis at the city.

More importantly, they are super friendly! So I happen to meet one super hot blonde australian girl, and we go out right. To my surprise, when we get to the pub, she starts playing pokies online from her mobile I ask her if this is a normal thing and she says sure, all the time, and all her friends do it too. It’s just an entertainment kind of thing and it is not even consider real gambling. People know they are going to spend a few bucks, and they just do. She was playing a pokie game called tomb raider (after the movie) and there were many others. I have to admit I didnt really find any of this much fun, but as soon as she as done, the real fun started 🙂

UPDATE TO POST:

This supet hot girl contacted me on twitter yesterday and she saied that she just won a super jackpot playing pokies! this is amazing she just made a ton of money and now she invited me to come over to Australia to visit her. WOW, I mean, of course I will go and have an “awful” time with her haha

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The autobiography of Malcolm X was released in 1965, as a result of the alliance between the human rights activist Malcolm X and the journalist Alex Haley. I really influenced with this book as it explained the deep knowledge of the American history. It actually awaken me how a common man worked immensely to bring out a change for the injustice he noticed in this country.

This one book has changed my life and so I am writing this article to describe what I felt about this book and about the Malcolm X. Malcolm-X

When I read the book, it took about weeks to absorb the theme. There was a discussion about the racism and self-conservation. The words were sounding like a fresh air, with a very deep thought that insisted me thinking and changing my own beliefs. I looked beyond my boundaries and thought about this discrimination at a broad sense.

Malcolm raised a deep question about the role of the government for the human rights and for the justice and wellbeing of each individual of any race. And vice versa what the citizen can do in turn for the government. The analysis of the Malcolm about the American Society gave attention to the inequalities between the blacks and whites and to explore the root cause for it.

This book focused on the entire life of Malcolm, his childhood days in the Michigan, his father’s death under severe circumstances. Later on, his mother’s deteriorating mental condition, as a result her shifting to the psychiatric treatment place. Then the involvement of this little kid in organized crime and his prison for about 10 years.

The collaboration between the Malcolm and Haley takes on various dimensions, from editing, then revising and finally composing the The autobiography of Malcolm X. It was the struggle between two strong men that resulted in to the final result as a book in our hand. The Haley’s contribution was really large to organize the content and come it out as a book.

The constant struggle for the upliftment and justice for the deserved class gave me a deep lesson about life and about the way he adopted to fight for the dignity with the immense calm and courage. He spoke for everyone and achieved a lot that he dreamt of. The equality of each individual, and moreover the sense of grabbing your hidden and suppressed identity. He will always be in recognition. By the way check out this review on aussie slots and online casinos.

The Meaning of an Obama Administration

The winning of Obama in as the 44th President was a great achievement and a ray of hope for the black people, in terms of racial exploitation and discrimination, capitalism need, changing global conditions and many more issues. I am going to highlight the changes that his administration has bought in the US and what has left remained. This is far from the reality that Australia has, which has been often times been accused of racial issues, which may be more potent in combination with their love for online gambling and pokies.

Being the first African- American president, there was a big optimistic image of the presidency of the Obama, and he made a good justice with it. The issues he has taken for consideration was related to the global financial crisis, for which he made changes in the tax policies, foreign policy initiatives and legislation to rebuild the US health care industry. He made extensive efforts in favor of the republicans by honoring John McCain, senator from Arizona. His focus was the ‘the promise of America’ and the policy followed was the mainstream compromise.Obama-Administration

In contrast to economic crisis, additional measures have been made through 2010 budget proposal to stabilize the economy. Obama is following more bailouts, after previous support to the banks like Citibank. Another trillion dollar package is going to be delivered, just as a means of industrial capital. There was a sustained rise in the unemployment rate in the early phase of Obama’s administration that recovered till 2010-2012. GDP growth also increased at a fast pace in 2009 at a rate of 9%. It also continued till 2010 with overall rate of 2.9%.

Obama also recognized the need of US to coordinate with other countries for the scientific opinion for the issues like economic crisis. He attended the G-20 summit and also visited US troops in the Iraq. He was given the Noble prize for ‘his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people’ in the year 2009.

As his second term winning against the Mitt Romney in 2012, he focused on other issues to work upon. These were income equality, global warming, and also reinforcing American education to promote the technology and innovation. The president’s biggest priority was on the minimum emissions of the Carbon dioxide through the electricity power plants.

The Obama’s administration turned out to be more aggressive than the Bush and other preceding governments because of their response for the whistle blowing and leaks to press. Also he achieved greater success in the energy advancement in the second phase of his electoral journey as compared to the first session.

Bail-out the People, Not the Banks

In this article I am going to highlight Obama’s efforts to help banks through bailout. Firstly I will clear you what bailout is? Bailout is a general term for giving any financial support to any country, organization or company who faces bankruptcy or financial difficulty. In its initial month, the Obama government has offered an $800 billion incentive plans, asked for the residue of $700 million Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to temporary release financial firms and offered another Trillion to help the banks along with a Trillion to help for loans. In other words they are executing around Four Trillion dollars or $11000 for all person women, man or child in the United States. It is just a starting continuation step of the United States Government to prop up the businesses. It’s not necessarily change we could believe in. The financial firms and banks made all this mess and are being saved, while people hurl out of their work & lose homes. If we talk about previous Clinton Administration we came to know their primary objective was to protect the system and corporations rather than the people.Bailout

Here’s another solution. There should be a bailout for the people instead of corporations. It would be trickle-up rather than trickle-down economics.

What a bail out for people could do

Obama’s Administration plan carries a goal – a expect – connected with 4 million jobs, assuming states, businesses and so on hire people at the estimated prices. Work Progress Administration Franklin Roosevelt –the US government – directly employed 8. 5 million people undertaking socially crucial work just like roads, conservation, constructing dams, public buildings and conservation. For 250 billion you could duplicate in which, less compared to first half of the TARP. Hi, just guess what, they will spend the bucks, set in the economy and pay income taxes and, unlike the banks, who hoarded this three fifty billion which they got. We might go and employ all the ten million unemployed regarding 300 million.

Additionally, we could just double the expending for basic human being needs like health, food stamps, housing and education. The 2008 budget department for Urban Development and Housing was $35 billion Education and learning cost $67 billion, Food stamps cost $8 billion and Human Services and Health was $697 billion. The total basic human being needs budget has a maximum charge of $807 billion (because there may be spend inside those departments where are not actually for human basic needs), less than the money necessary for the Trillion dollar support for the banks. Once more, people can spend their own money for these requirements and “help” the economy.

Vincent Who?: Review

VINCENT-WHOIn this article I am going to tell the review and the thought behind making this movie. Vincent Who? Is a Documentary movie which was released in theaters in 2009. This movie belongs to Vincent Chin’s murder in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent Chin was born in china in 1955. He was a 27 year- old Chinese American who killed with a baseball bat by 2 white autoworkers, who mistakenly thought that Vincent chin was Japanese & he was responsible for the losing jobs in the US auto industry. When the white judge judgment the two attackers to trial and fine $3000 then the case became recovering point for the Asian American community. But after the pressure of nationwide civil rights eventually the case overturned the judgment of Michael Nitz and Ron Ebens.

The movie Vincent who? Was inspired by the 25th anniversary of Vincent chin’s killing. Although the movie has the less focus on the case rather than the meaning from the case. About the Asian Americans, it was the 1st national case. This movie links to Vincent chin’s murder case and movement with the voices connected with young activists on the area and their ordeals with racism, and also those activists around the world who reacted to this case. This movie captures the strain through intercutting interviews with informative video. The video is many moving recounting your passage connected with Lily Chin, Vincent’s mother, who strongly fought for justice. While informative video also implies how crucial is the case, vast dialogue with principals and the like who recognized of the case, interpret the item.

The mash-up is more helpful in advertising how it changed persons. This documentary movie made by Renee Tajima. She collects the facts of people, especially Lily Chin.

Helen Zia, an activist from Detroit (which is a largest city in Michigan) and also a member of temporary “ad hoc” committee which was formed for Americans civil rights. And also check this tale about australian gambling.