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Asian-Americans are notorious for doing well academically. According to a report published by the Pew Research Center this past June, the rapid rise in Asian immigrants along with a high cultural value placed upon education and academic success, it is of no surprise that the growing influx of Asian-Americans into the high-skilled workforce is occurring (and arguably, has already occurred). Asians represent only five percent of the U.S. population, yet represent three to five times that in Ivy League universities.

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The word “occupation,” for me, had always been synonymous with “career” or “job.” More recently, I began to see people’s occupations as roles, from both professional and social perspectives. In a group of friends, each member has his or her specific role. For example, one likes to plan things, another likes to joke around, another is crowned the “smart one,” and each person brings his or her own dynamics into the group.

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CREATIVE TIME: Stuart Sherwin

Occupation is a word whose meaning has changed in many people’s minds this past year. It’s connotation, at least for many people of a certain political persuasion, now suggests a consensual, intentional gathering of people. It now evokes a sense of community-building and collective striving. But we should not forget the historical meaning of the word–and not delude ourselves into thinking that we are really occupiers.

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CREATIVE TIME: Anuradha Vikram

What is an Occupation? The word’s connotations are phenomenological, political and cultural in their scope. The Occupy movement has come to symbolize widespread dissatisfaction with the corporatization of democracy throughout the Western World. This dissatisfaction is no doubt shared by many in the Global South, particularly in the large democracies of Brazil and India.

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CREATIVE TIME: Dee Hibbert-Jones

As the anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement rolls around and becomes historicized in exhibitions (at least at YBCA, San Francisco) a feeling of overwhelm overcomes me, which is almost, but not quite hopelessness. There is something overwhelming about the idea of shifting past the initial enthusiasm of utopian possibilities, the desires to increase freedoms.