A mile in someone’s shoe

In Literacy class, we were assigned to do research about a different group of people and write about them. I choose Latin Americans. We had to understand what the group had been through and how they feel. We basically write about them and want people to show empathy toward them. A mile in someone’s shoe is the focus of our writing.

A mile in someone’s shoe means that you try to put yourself in someone emotion or situation. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the emotion of another. Empathy is important because everyone needs to understand other people situation and be respectful with it and help if we can. I’ve been reading and researching about the Latin Americans and had gained some knowledge about this group, identity, diversity, and action that can help Latin Americans.

   Latin Americans, the counties below the United State with the population over 625 million. They speak Spanish or Portuguese as their languages. Latin Americans mostly are brown with dark hair color. They the largest minority in the USA right now. They have their own individual culture as well as history.  This individual identified themselves as people paid less attention to them, victims but the community is growing for the better. A Latin Americans family struggle and went throw a taught time in their life because a brother is the family were shot by police and died. The police claimed that because the brother didn’t follow the order and moved his arm in a threatening manner. The family did a protest toward the death of their family member but, it seems to get no attention from anyone nor the country so they felt like people paid less attention to them as Latin Americans. A high population of Latin Americans is moving to United State. The projected population of Latin Americans in the United by the end of 2050 would approximately be over 132 million and near 10 million of them are Immigration living in United State in the year 2010. Those people considered themselves as helpless because they have no choice than to move to enter the US illegally for a better life.

   With that mindset with the Latin Americans, they are growing larger and wealthier. Latin Americans are the largest ethnic group in California. Even though the average income Latin Americans are lower than average White Americans, but their income and education is increasing tremendously by 3.5% and up to $41,000 a year. Even 1 out 5 households earn at least $100,000 a year. With less attention that they think they are receiving from other people and still become better this quick is impressive. There around 30% or Latin Americans are Immigrants they had overcome doubting the to item college degree. With the success this particular group is achieving, they still feel like they left out from form other people. For Immigrants are currently in the United State, they still feel scared and worried that they might get deported anytime now especially with Donald Trump as the US president.

With all the success and achievement that Latin Americans achieved, they still feel pressure in living because mainly of fear that they might get deported anytime.  That leads to limiting their opportunities. Latin Americans scared to take different opportunities that occurred in their life because if something went wrong people will know that they are Latin Americans. Even students in Fresno that are Mexican studying with worried about their life especially with Trump as the United State president. There are a lot of students that their parents don’t support Trump in the school. Some students even wonder that if their parent got deported to their country back, will they go with their parent to stay in United State alone, That causes more worried to students as well as their parents. Logan, a 9-years-old third-grade student. He loves Trump. He had been to see Trump speech and received Trump’s red hat that was signed by Trump himself. Logan loves the hat and wears it to school every day. With the Trump red hat on his head to school every day, the teacher made a rule of not allowing hat in class. Logan still wears it before and class end. A lot of students and teacher weren’t really the idea of Logan wear Trump’s red hat. Logan got bullied and one of the teachers made a comment that is dangerous to wear Trump red hat in the school. Due to the fact of a lot of Mexican students in the school and the fear of Trump winning the election they don’t like people who support Trump and can potentially get them deported from the country.

   This is an issue that is causing on Latin Americans. Living in their condition is hard especially those who live in America illegally. They don’t really consider as American even though they are Americain. People should give value and make them feel comfortable living. Everyone should study and get to know more about Latin Americans so they can put themselves in their shoe to see what those people been through and their daily life.”

Why Cambodian girls can’t play football?

In Literacy class I wrote an article talking about Gender problem that still happens in Cambodia. 


WHY can’t girls play football?


A Cambodian mother once said, “girls can’t play football because they are weak, and football is not for girls.” Cambodian girls can’t play football is known from their society, community, and family. A lot of parents in Cambodia won’t allow their daughters to play a sport such as a football, even though it is currently popular in Cambodia. Even though the thought of that perspective; girls can’t play football, had changed over time. In the present time, there are still a lot of families that are not allowing their daughters to play football.


Cambodia society sees girls are weaker than boys so there are no reasons of girls playing football. Parents would say, because they love their daughters that is why they won’t allow girls to play football. They think that football is a dangerous sport and they don’t want girls to get hurt. Another reason is that Cambodian have this mindset of girls should stay home and do all the cooking so girls don’t have time to play football. Also, they don’t want their daughter to be a black sheep because no girls play football The mindset of,  “football is NOT a game for girls” still happen in Cambodia.


Savannu Pich stated, “My parent won’t allow me to play football because they think I am too weak to even play football, girls should stay at home to do chore so they can’t go out and play football and girls have no potential to play football well as boys.”


Sreyneang Oun said, “ The reason that my parents won’t allow her to play football is that football is not famous so there is no point of play sport that is not known by some people.”


Dalin Sao stated, “My parents won’t allow me to play football because football can cause injury which might affect my look, and I might get bullied by other people when I am not good at play football. ”


Around 10 years before this, Cambodian girls here are not allowed to walk and make loud sounds because if their neighbors hear it, they would think that, Cambodian girls are not a Cambodian girls that the society wanted. This is also parts of the reasons that parents in Cambodia are not allowing their daughters to play football.


In the last 10 years, some girls are not allowed to play football because of the action of boys in the society. Parents think that boys who play football usually do poorly in school that is why they don’t want girls to do the same. Also, the parents think that if they have a football team they would turn into a gang that no one wants those girls to be.  


All those perspective by Cambodian parents, “girls are not allowed to play football” is still happening in Cambodia currently. Parents do that because their perspective on this sport is that it is dangerous and girls should play it.

Literacy 2017-2018


In August 2017, I had a class with Literacy. In this class so far I learned many from it. I learned to edit our own paper better, write an essay, write a good introduction, a good hook, use higher vocabulary, to shorten something but still means the same way, use transition word and much more that I can’t even write it all down. This class we had a project that learns to write a “coming of age” essay. In this project we write a true experience that happened in our lives and change our lives, that is the becoming of age essay.

Here is some part of my essay:
On September 15, 2007, I was sleeping near my mother, suddenly I heard the sound of sadness, heartbroken, and everyone was crying. I immediately thought of my grandpa because I knew that he was very sick. I never thought he would pass away and left me all the sadness with me. I felt so sad and felt like there was no hope in life. I will never forget the memories and what he has taught me.