It’s natural for people to look down on people who are less fortunate than them because it makes them feel better about themselves. A common belief that people have about the homeless is that they are lazy or didn’t save their money. A more enlightened belief is that they went down a bad road that involved drugs or suffer from a mental illness that prevents them from being part of normal society. I believe the root of homelessness is not having a home to go to for whatever reason.
When you live in a city with the highest homeless population in the country and one of the highest Asian populations in the Western world, you will notice the absence of homeless Asians. Yes, there are more white people here than Asians so statistically speaking there should be more homeless white people. You won’t see a homeless Asian person though. I’m not exaggerating, I’ve never seen even one. There must be a reason though, right? It can’t be due to genetics or colour of skin.
Growing up I knew enough Asians who got hooked on heroin and got through it to see why they never ended up homeless. Their saving grace was that they always had a home that would accept them and not have any feelings of shame to go to that home. If there is someone who is willing to let you in and you are willing to let them let you in then you will never be homeless.
Obviously mentally ill Asians exist as well. I have 2 of them in my family and I know a few more. They’re not homeless because they had family to fall back on.
There’s this culture of independence that is of high importance to most white people. Either their parents want them out as soon as possible or the kids feel excitement, shame or pressure to move out. My guess is that these feelings stem from the prosperity that developed Western nations had at one time. It never happens in undeveloped nations because people are too broke to face the world alone.
To cut yourself off and try to make it out there alone is essentially rolling the dice. You can make it out there alone but you stand a better chance when you are united, and hopefully united with someone who won’t ditch you because they’re not feeling it anymore.
There are many white people who hate on Asians who live at home with their parents. The root of their discontent is because they are broke. They make condescending remarks about how you are able to afford this and that because you live with your parents.
I realize that some people just hate their parents. There’s not much I can say to that but that sucks. I borderline know how that feels.
The beliefs of a culture can carry an enormous amount of strength. I don’t look down at anyone who feels pressure or obligation to move out on their own. It’s unfortunate though that one can feel that they cannot go back home to their parents when the alternative is to be put in the worst circumstances. It can build character sometimes but other times it can leave you homeless.