My Family Identity

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Identities are often pre-established onto a certain race, class, sex, and gender; causing an indefinite struggle onto those who wish to stray from the societal norms of today. People take the myriad of societal expectations and usually fulfill them, as it is truly intertwined into society. Therefore, there are clear distinctions as to how someone from a low-middle class, Catholic, Filipino family should live and act. Growing up on the coast in Daly City heavily influenced my daily mannerisms, choices, and even to the types of shoes I wear. The identities and expectations in my family and seem to have provided an eerily similar path to those who lived in the apartment next to me. Within my fairly small Filipino community, the majority of the children were all taught to strive for a PhD in medicine or mechanical engineering; ultimately highlighting the economic focal point that our parents were taught by their own parents. Immigrating from the Philippines, where the government and economy are abysmal, my parents were naturally compelled to instill…show more content…
Linking back to the idea of conformity, everyone in the Filipino community seemed to be a dedicated Catholic and also supported the idea of believing in God and avoiding any sin. This whole process has contributed to how I overlook certain issues, and how I react to different situations. To illustrate, my morality when I was a rebellious adolescent seemed to be tamed by the tranquility of praying and plain meditation; emphasizing the impact that my parents had placed by putting me through the long-winded process of becoming a full-fledged Catholic. In contrast, being put into a strict Catholic mindset had restricted some of my development in being more open-minded and reasonable, as the rules of Catholicism are set in
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