“Asian-Americans Have Highest Poverty Rate In NYC, But Stereotypes Make The Issue Invisible”
Kimberly Yam | Huffington Post
“The model-minority myth chooses to highlight the successful immigrant examples and brush aside the high rates of poverty,” Yoo [Jo-Ann Yoo, the director of the Asian American Federation] explained. “The myth assumes that we somehow have the capacity to work ourselves out of poverty without any help.”
More than one-quarter of Asian-Americans live in poverty in New York City. An estimated 26.6 percent live below the city’s poverty threshold in 2014—an increase from the year before, the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity reported.
The circumstances of poor Asian-Americans are diverse. Asian-American seniors are the most financially vulnerable of the group, with almost 1 in 4 living in poverty, a report from the Asian American Federation noted. Those from refugee communities, including Cambodians and Vietnamese, also experience higher rates of poverty. Recent immigrants, including Bangladeshi-Americans, have high poverty rates as well, Yoo said. And many of those in need are not proficient in English.
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“Leveling the Field for Family Farms”
Jodi Cash | The Bitter Southerner
“I never ever wanted to be anywhere but here,” she says. “Ever ... I’ve seen places that I’ve thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting to live here? Wouldn’t it be nice to live here?’ But I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else, ever.”
Mary began helping farm at an early age, cutting tobacco with her grandfather, Big John. But in her time working the land, as tobacco farming toppled, she witnessed a drastic change in the farming culture that once defined her community.
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“Uber, But for Meltdowns”
Reeves Wiedeman | New York
In its brief history, Uber has morphed from a simple service that allowed users to press a button to summon a car into what is on paper the most valuable start-up of all time. It also spawned an entire category of start-up pitch—Uber, but for doctors, for cookies, for private jets—bent on solving First World problems via app. Uber has created vast theoretical fortunes and helped remake the American economy. Its most recent valuation, of $68 billion in 2015, was the highest ever given to a private company. Silicon Valley’s obsession with “unicorns”—companies valued north of a billion dollars—was very 2012. We had entered the era of the “decacorn.”
Uber itself, however, has lately become a monument not only to the power of technology and confidence in the face of adversarial forces but possibly to the dangers of hubris: When you’re worth that much money on imaginary paper, and buoyed by the belief that you’re on a mission to change the world, it can be easy to sweep aside concerns like “rampant sexual harassment” and “public relations” and “profits.”
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