The Chinese Laborers faced the most difficulties trying to survive and thrive in the west due to dangers and difficulties in work and environment, discrimination, and dangers and difficulties in daily life. Many people might claim that the Chinese laborers did not faced the most difficulties because they were lucky to even earn money while facing their hardships at the same time. As for the pioneers traveling on the trail, they were facing many hardships but for most of time, they were spending money, rather than earning or making anything. However, for most of the laborers, they were forced to go to work. The workers have had to face many challenges just like the pioneers trying to find a new life, but after that, they were given zero rest and were forced to go work everyday.
It is the life style that people are used to and they try to improve their situations the best the way that they know how. In the documentary, the workers for Nike lived in poor living conditions and they could not afford a lot. The money that they earned couldn’t not even last for day. So, it was very difficult to live off of that salary. Jim Keady and his friend played a huge role in this Swoosh documentary.
Pushing through culture shock from a virtually new world, possible discrimination, and obstacles that cause a number of people to fold like a cheap chair. Since they arrive they’re forced to jump through the hoops of the United States Government knowing any sort of lapse in judgement could result in them being forced to leave the country. In my own experience immigrants are the most hardworking people in this country, for instance my old supervisor worked two full time labor intensive jobs to support his family. Not many people could handle that much work, but he can among many others due to knowing that that sort of opportunity exists here. Most immigrants don’t leave their home country because they hate it; they leave because they want a brighter future for themselves.
In recent years American-born poor and immigrants are at a clash on getting a job. Immigrants are willing to take any job they can land as long as it pays, while American poor is less willing to chase for a job. Michael Fix from the New York Times states that immigrants are willing to move into places where American poor left for work. He also states that immigrants are more adaptable to change and moving around for the jobs. He also inquired that the recession is global and immigrants returning back to their home country.
When Yezierska said, “There had been no end to my day - working for an ‘American’ family” (19) she was saying how Americans don’t treat immigrants like equals. Immigrants have a harder time in the U.S. because they have to start with nothing and work their way up. Most when the get here can’t even speak English so it is very difficult for them to get jobs. The younger people arrive in the United States the better they are off. Some immigrants know how hard it is to start new in America and know it will get better the longer they are here, while others think everything will come easy until they face
” (8) The American middle class is rapidly shrinking. More and more people are dependent on their own earnings in order to just be able to meet their expenses and survive. They have no family that is able to support them if they don’t make it on their own. Therefore, it is necessary for most students to get the best paying job possible. It is a wonderful attribute to be altruistic and to want to spend your life helping others.
” Also, most of those students want to achieve better lives so they attend the higher education. In such situation, many intelligent and hardworking students miss out on studying in a reputed university due to lack of funds. Most college students have to rely on their part-time and are full-time jobs to pay for the educations, and also to be able to pay for all necessary books and classes that they are required to take. However, these jobs take time away from the student’s study time. If free college tuition are given, students would have more time to educate themselves instead of being tired from time consuming jobs.
Naturally, for those in Harlem, cracking was the alternative because they could keep their street culture intact and gain an income from doing that job. Immigrants rarely get opportunities to be educated in the country they come to because they are too busy trying to get by. Participant six summarized in Cantonese, “It’s really the language barrier. If I could learn to speak English
People are accustomed to strive to do the best they can in regards to accomplishing their goals. For some people it is to be rich, famous, or powerful. Others decided that they wanted a safe place to raise their children and obtain wealth, not with ease but with hard work and determination. Based on the reading, I agree with Borosage on the fact that the American dream has died out over the years due to the enormous wage gap and the disappearing of the middle class. The American dream is no longer alive due to the fact that the top one percent owns too much, health care is too conflicting, and the work force is too competitive.