Cultural capital explained

I wore a Cartoon Network T-shirt to Victoria Concert Hall with my Music Elective Program (MEP) classmates for an excursion as part of the MEP program.

When I arrived, I was scolded by a friend indeed, pretty much in exasperation, because we are from ACS(I) and the MEP students, all girls, from MGS were also there as part of a cohesion trip between our two schools.

Yet I did not know what the issue was, and why my friend, whose family business was a well known chain in the 90’s selling wallets, had to scold me. That was my favourite T-shirt and I wore it only for best dress occasions like excursions to the zoo and of course Victoria Concert Hall.

I should not need to delve further into details as the above paragraphs should explain “cultural capital” sufficiently.

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My classmates understood music. They played their pianos, their violins, their saxophones, and they knew their Mozart’s, their Beethoven’s, their Vivaldi’s, while I played Street Fighter Puzzle Fighter, watched channel 8 news, watched Jackie Chan’s and Stephen Chow’s shows, and spent most of my time on assessment books.

In short, imagine the young master Bruce Waynes I had in my class. I was really only in MEP for the scholarship, i.e. the school fees were paid for, because I happened to take piano lessons and have been graded.

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