Percentage of Khmer American children on free lunch?

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  • #5790

    Mr.Children
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    What do you think the percentage of Khmer American children on free lunch?

  • #5799

    LaLa
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    I don’t get the purpose of this post.

    My daughter’s school district offers free lunch to all kids regardless of income amount.

    • #5804

      Mr.Children
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      Children receive free lunch if they are from low income families. My opinion is that this is pretty bad because it’s almost like young Khmer parents are not much better off than their parents who came to America as refugees. Khmer people been in America for around 40 years….and it seems like most Khmer American kids are getting free lunch. It’s true that in some district, everybody gets free lunch because the poverty rate is so high. To minimize the paperwork and to get rid of the stigma of having free lunch, they give everybody free lunch.

      I personally think it’s sad that the government feels that Khmer Americans can’t afford to feed their own kids. I also think it teaches young people to rely on handouts. Paying your own way teaches kids to budget and think about money differently in a positive way. Unfortunately, from my observations, I think that Khmer people are solidifying ourselves as the poor minority Asians. Decades from now…centuries from now….we’ll still be the poor country and people.

       

       

       

    • #6279

      LaLa
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       It’s true that in some district, everybody gets free lunch because the poverty rate is so high. To minimize the paperwork and to get rid of the stigma of having free lunch, they give everybody free lunch.

       

      I don’t know about that, but the poverty rate in the district here isn’t that bad. Even the well-off schools provide ALL children free meals; breakfast and lunch.

    • #6281

      Mr.Children
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      What does poverty rate isn’t that bad mean?

      What does well off schools mean and where are these well off schools? In the same city?

      When I was growing up, I always thought that Khmer people were pretty well off. Many of my Khmer peers as adults still think so and believe Khmer people are superior to other races. Khmer people don’t think they’re poor or low income.

       

    • #6290

      LaLa
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      Poverty rate varies from area to area even within the same city. If you’re comparing it within a micro perspective, there are still areas within a city that contains a higher percentage of poverty level vs other areas. But looking at the poverty level in it’s neighboring cities, the city that I’m referring to has a lower percentage of poverty, yet, they offers free lunch to all children.

      Growing up, I had an opposite experience than you @mister.children . I grew up with khmers living in poverty.

    • #6298

      Mr.Children
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      Like I said earlier, the city or county has a large poverty or low income rate, and they give other kids free lunch to help get rid of the stigma or try to not hurt the poor kid’s feeling. They’re not offering free lunch for the hell of it. It’s directly related to poverty and low income. If you’re getting free lunch, you’re either poor, low income, or you’re in a district around and near a lot of broke people.

  • #5805

    Pleu
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    growing up wondered how come most of the kids got free lunch, meanwhile was making my own sandwiches since like 1st grade.  in jhs started buying lunch some days, but usually would just buy a milk and cookies or pretzel. cuz whenever applied, wouldn’t even get reduced lunch! when did buy, would usually be the pb&j but from home would be better cuz it would be all wholewheat, where as the school one had one slice white still =/

    thing is though, most of us – the koreans, chinese, and indians – brought better food than the lunch school gave/sold.. i mean what kind of cow and pork meats was actually in most of the selections sloppy joes and hot dogs? gross

    u r what u eat! no wonder why most kids nowadays precociously grow up to be animals full of rage, cancer, ego, and so dumb!

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by  Pleu.
    • #5812

      Mr.Children
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      Smarter and more financially better off parents make their kids bring food to school. School lunch is not healthy and bringing your own lunch develop a habit for bringing your own lunch to work in the future…which saves a lot of money. Poor kids who get free lunch don’t develop that habit and end up spending more money when they are older. Don’t get me wrong though..high earners also buy food everyday…but they believe they worked hard and don’t want to spend energy thinking about preparing food.

      It’s really a shame that so many Khmer kids are on free lunch and most of the parents see nothing wrong with it.

    • #5819

      Pleu
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      ^ Poor means spend more than save.

      Rich means save more than spend.

      Can’t get any simpler than that!

      but to sok kmai ppl, rich seems to mean take more than give. (cuz of KR & Ah Sen)

      while Korean, Chinese, Indians COOK and leave food in their fridge, nowadays others (kon sdek/kmao/kmai?) tend to leave DRUGS lying around the house for their kids, instead!

      this is why imo so many nowadays – unless they’re addicts (like 1 in 2 Americans nowadays) – are mapmap.

      alas, consuming does NOT count as giving!

      if u’re fat and lazy, you are poor. If you’re fit and hard-working – but drug-free- you are rich.

      school lunch nowadays is a bloody joke; prepare/eat some real food instead, parents/kids!

       

    • #5832

      Mr.Children
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      I hear that drugs are a problem in Cambodia, but it’s not a problem for Khmer Americans.

      It’s true that Khmer people have a take and reliance mentality. Most Khmer people have a communist mentality..especially since they killed off the rich and left supporters and those who lean communist to live. Khmer people are very reliant on help from government and others. The idea that a Khmer person just pay his own way and raise his family on his own doesn’t not exist for most Khmers.

      In Khmer people’s case, it’s so true that it takes a village to raise a child…lolol.

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