I grew up poor and in nyc. the kids in the projects used to make fun of me, me and my brother would wear the same shitty clothes to school all the time, my parents came straight from the chinese country side without educations.
they don't know english to know there are programs out for them. later on they learn about the programs but they are too proud of people to take government hangouts.
we would have instant noodles all day long for years. couldn't eat cafeteria foods. took me many years to get used to cheese foods. cheese is a acquire taste. alot of foods have cheese in them.
I grew up poor and malnutrition. I was home with my brother living in a basement for years. lol would be criminal these days :p young kids alone, in a illegal basement etc...
but thats what my parents could afford at that time. they are good peoples just not educated. my parents are no different than people with single family homes. my folks work 7 days a week. rarely saw them, my dad used to work out of state for years, would come home maybe every few months. he used to work by where mike Tyson lived in nj. he said he jog with him few times lol.
i taught myself everything from bike riding to swimming etc...
I thought myself to read and write. Not in grammar to save my life. But i can read very well. Teachers would just sit me back of the class. I got very few good teachers, the good ones were the sci and history teachers mostly. I was the only immigrant kid in class/school at the time. moved around alot till hs.
that's when we brought our first place.
I have done illegal work as a worker in garment industry and restaurant work as a kid. money is money, when you need money you go work for it.
from my personal experience being poor isn't a obstacle to educating yourself. its matter of knowing yourself. people use way too many excuses to blame everyone else for their problems.
When i was growing up here in nyc in the 80's i was beaten almost daily by the jealous ghetto kids for stealing their jobs. not that any of their parents would work in those conditions. some of the adults would just curse at me on the way home from school if the kids aren't chasing me. to them japanese chinese all look the same. walking home in the 80's wasn't fun, it was a gauntlet, literally running and taking long detours back home.
one of my friends got spit on the bus other day. and told to go home etc... he wasn't doing anything wrong, just some ghetto bitch didn't think he was worthy of the space he was in. I told him to knock her out, people like that has no respect for anyone. but they will think twice about doing it to a stranger for no reason again.
I learn this lesson along time ago. for years i took the beatings etc.. the only reason i took the beatings cause my uneducated parents thought that if we fought back we might be kick out of the country etc.... they don't know the laws. I listen to their word on the law for along time.
by the time i learn this i fought back. I would usually take 2 kids on and beat them, and run when more of their friends show up, they always go oh the chinese kid could fight etc.. they'll leave me alone for a week and same kids would pick on me again. same thing repeats. mostly cowards. I started a protection gang for nerds back in the early 90's lol. last time i heard from them was back in hs, apparently they went real gangsters when i moved out of the hood, from good guys to bad guys.
I hate the china basing today same thing as the 80's japanese bashing on tv. leads all the kids and adults to hate. if society apply the same vitriol it has on china on race, it would be consider hate by the NAACP.
I still got assholes yell at me on the streets to go back home etc..the violence rarely happens, but still does, mostly racial slurs while visiting low income areas or riding public transport. always minding my own business and across the street or in the car. some idiot would yell something.
two of my friends made it from being poor. all other childhood friends are just wasting carbon. they didn't learn the same lessons we learn, use the idiots on the block and school as examples not to be.
work hard take any jobs, not selective oh these are immigrant jobs etc......
can't blame society forever responsibility at the end of the day where matters down to the individual.
Oh i was left back twice in elementary school, till i learn how to pass the reading test. I taught myself to read by doing dr seuss and comics. with comics and dr seuss i had clues to what the pictures were about and i had a dictionary and a picture dictionary to know what all the words were about.
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