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Tutor profile: Darren T.

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Darren T.
ESL Tutor - 10yrs experience: specializing in English learners from Asia
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Subject: Sociology

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To what extent does our gender affect our life chances?

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Answer:

The answer to this question depends on the traditions, social, and cultural norms, oh where you are. As a broad example, in many patriarchal societies being a man will be a great advantage to your education, job prospects, and your ability to live a comfortable existence. In a matriarchal society, being a woman has its advantages--among them, the recognition of being a provider of life and the reason that a society may continue to thrive with new members. There are cultures where women were worshipped or deified because of their ability to bring life into the world.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why is it still hard for me to understand English when people speak? It's too fast! Are they using a lot of slang? I know a lot of grammar but it is still hard to understand spoken English.

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Most Americans are using some expressions, phrasal verbs, and slang--yes. But mostly they are saying some words softly--reducing unimportant words; and emphasizing only the important words in the sentence--giving them stress--so that you hear those 2 or 3 words more clearly. It also creates a rhythm and pattern when we speak English. In every language, native speakers will do this. That is how you are able to know if someone is a native speaker of you're language. If they don't speak with correct the rhythm and patterns of your language, you will know they are not native speakers.

Subject: East Asian History

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How does label "model minority" for Asian-Americans relate to Confucianism in Asian culture?

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Darren T.
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Asian-Americans as a "model minority" is an American political propaganda term that refers to the politically quiet, hard-working, studious, and obedient image created and cultivated by American politicians--and adhered to by some Asian-Americans themselves--at various times during black civil rights uprisings since the 1950s. This image has roots in the Confucian values that express the importance of ritualized expression of piety/respect/loyalty to family, teachers, and government. Confucian cultural norms remained with Asian immigrants arriving in America and as such, Asian-Americans, for the most part, were politically quiet and seen as the "model" for minority behavior for not challenging political authority and focusing on education and career. Propagandists, starting from the 1950s, often used Asian-Americans' favorable acceptance of civil rights inequities to the unfavorable behavior of those minorities--African-Americans, specifically--that challenged the status quo.

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