Running Head: SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION
Sociological Imagination Research Essay
Date of Submission
According to Mills (2000), sociological imagination can be defined as "the
vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider
society". According to him, he stresses that having a vivid sociological imagination
means understanding that much of our experience is shaped by sociological forces
beyond our control. These forces include things like time and place of our birth,
our birth date and birth year, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, the type of family
we are born into, social class, birth order, generation and generation size, cultural
inheritances, family inheritances, and the timing of our own personal biography
with much larger historical events and processes. This paper, therefore, is going to
determine how all these sociological forces have impacted my personal life and
changed as well as shaped me to whom I have become today. It will also discuss
various advantages and disadvantages associated with each sociological factor.
First of all, I am Vietnamese. I come from a family of five members. I am
the youngest one, and I have one older brother and a twin sister. I came to the
United States for studying abroad. It has been two years since I came here. My
sister and I live together, and my family pay for our tuition.
I was born in the year 1994. My birthday year was a large birth year.
According to Seale (1994), the year 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday
of the Gregorian calendar, the 1994th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno
Domini (AD) designations, and the 5th year of the 1990s decade. The year 1994
was designated as the "International Year of the Family" and the "International
Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal" by the United Nations” (p. 24). I was
natively born in Vietnam. This was the year, I could say technology had not
sprouted as much as we can see today. However, it was not as bad as compared to
the around three to five decades back. This was the time Le Duc Anh was the
president of Vietnam. Additionally, it was also during his reign when he passed
Education Law of June 1999. This was the year before my year of birth. In as far as
my education system is concerned, I could say that since I started studying as soon
as the Act was implemented, it was not an easy ride. The education system was
rough considering the change, but as soon as I hit my third to fifth grade, it was all
good. The transition had taken effect and education because smooth. In essence,
therefore, the transition of education being stiff and all, made me a stronger person.
I learned the hard way.
Additionally, as far as the cost of my education is concerned, according to
Johnson (2017), the education system under the reign of President Le Duc Anh
was not cheaper as compared to the years before. This is a disadvantage. However,
as compared to the recent past, say a decade ago, the education system in Vietnam
during my time was a lot cheaper. It was however hard for us to afford it but it was
a lot more fairly as opposed to today. This made me become a stronger person
psychologically. This is because, given the fact that I come from a middle-class
income family, I could see my parents struggling a lot to pay my school fees and
those for my siblings. This made me become a resilient and hardworking person.
College during my time, which is now is cheaper as compared to the past. This due
to the fact that we are able to access student’s loan which was not available in the
past. However, those who did access them in the past only had a small amount and
could not pay a total amount of their college fee.
In addition to this, during my childhood, we were moving a lot since my dad
was changing jobs most of the time and this made me go to various schools, meet
new people and interact with other cultures. Because of this, I can say that this
made me become versatile and adaptive. I think it is part of the reason I have a
flexible personality and I can get along with anyone so easily despite their social or
financial backgrounds, or even their skin color. This is one of the major advantages
of my education life during my childhood. It made me gain a lot.
Furthermore, since there was no mobile phones, no internet, and no
smartphones during my time, I could study in peace without the side effects of
social media we are seeing today. This was an advantage. When I came to the
United States, I also did not experience any kind of racism nor discrimination
whatsoever since civil rights had already been granted to every US citizen. This is
also another advantage. In the past, during my time, even though not having
smartphones and the internet duri...