A Silicon Valley engineer who moved to the US from India 7 years ago reveals the most surprising things about class in America
- Social class in America is perceived differently than it is in other countries.
- A LinkedIn software designer named Aniruddh Chaturvedi moved to the US from India in 2011, and listed what he found to be the most surprising things about class in the US.
- He was surprised by how rich people don't flaunt their wealth, how serious the homeless problem is, and how brick houses are something of a status symbol in the US.
Social class is a controversial topic in the United States, and is often at the center of American political and cultural debates.
But to someone from another country, the issues surrounding class in America aren't so obvious.Aniruddh Chaturvedi, a senior software designer at LinkedIn, came to the US from India in 2011 and immediately noticed interesting things about class in America. For example, from his perspective, Americans are much more private about their wealth than people from other countries, and it's often hard to even tell who's wealthy and who's poor in the first place, he said.
Chaturvedi listed his most surprising observations in a Quora post drawn from his experience as a student at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University and his time working in the San Francisco area, where he now lives. He emailed additional thoughts to Business Insider.
Here are the most interesting things Chaturvedi noticed about class in America, from how rich people have an easier time eating healthy to how much construction workers get paid.