In a video that's taken YouTube by storm, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace recorded her thoughts last Friday, explaining her frustrations with the Asian race.
Wallace complains that Asian students get help from their families. Her complaints lead back to her own neglect of family, or their neglect toward her:
"All the Asian people that live in all the apartments around me, their moms and their brothers and their sisters and their grandmas and their grandpas and their cousins, and everybody that they know that they brought along from Asia with them, comes here on the weekend to do their laundry, buy their groceries, and cook their food for the week," Wallace said. "It is seriously without fail."
I don’t think the majority of Americans understand the closeness of family. Many of my friends I went to high school with were kicked out of the house when they were 18 and had to survive on their own. They were required to maintain jobs through school and live a fairly independent life probably before they were ready.
I find it interesting that Wallace would be annoyed by parents that come to visit their children on weekends. Is she more frustrated about parents doing all these things for their kids, or that her parents obviously don’t care enough about her to visit more frequently?
I think American family life is deteriorating, and families are not as close as they should be. This is an outcome of many things—the current economic recession doesn’t help the situation at all. What compounds this issue is social media, changing and deliberately destroying family values and bonding.
I am American born but of Chinese descent. I will always consider myself American foremost, but within my culture, the family is always placed above all else.