Migrant men in the city-state of Singapore are undergoing financial mistreatment in the means that they are being underpaid. Crowds of men up to 500 line-up to apply for very low wage jobs. The relations that the situation in Singapore has with the novel, Grapes of Wrath, are high. Just as in the book, some of the jobs even pay in means of credit tokens which can be redeemed in the local grocery stores and food marts. The large crowds of workers also parallels those in the story. In both situations, the men are being paid very small wages as a result of the amplitude of workers and lack of minimum wage laws. A saddening truth from the Grapes of Wrath that is ongoing till this day is that the police force are backing up the miscellaneous employers by turning a blind eye towards their actions. Many reports were filed in Singapore against the employers for "undermining the system". However, the police force make no efforts to recompense the employers. Lastly, a clear resemblance with Singapore and Grapes of Wrath is that the majority of the workforce are migrants.
South African cities are experiencing a major drought. "Day Zero" is the name given to the major city of Cape Town, which is projected to soon be the first major city to experience a drought. People are taking drastic measures and changes in living in attempts to push back the drought date. This relates to the novel because the people of Oklahoma too experience a life changing drought. However, one theme from the novel is that the government refused to get involved in efforts to help the Okies through their hardship. This however contradicts today's government as it's shown in Cape Town. The government is not turning their backs on the people of Cape Town. Instead they are placing water restrictions to help the people manage their water usage. Similarities in plot are shown between Cape Town and Grapes of Wrath as the surrounding towns are transferring water from the reservoirs to help. This represents the families of Oklahoma who stuck together and made sacrifices for one another.
This article focuses on the unfair healthcare distribution. Multiple union leaders from 27 states met up with senators and House members in Washington to discuss a "government-run insurance plan". Just as in Grapes of Wrath, many people had family members who've died and the family does not have the money to give them a proper burial. People are lacking quality and affordable health care. This is a direct result of their low wages which points back to the concept of a corrupted system, as shown in Grapes of Wrath. The lack of affordable health care compares to the migrant people in the novel who lack the means to take care of their loved ones who die or become ill while society still institutes laws forcing you to come up with money to do so. The shared plot resolution between these two events is that the government should step in and bring forth programs to help those who cannot financially care for loved ones who undergo illness, injury, or death. Another shared resolution is to fix obstruction of fair wages.
Mitt Romney comes after Obama's job fair proposal by making accusations that it resembles actions of the historic tragedies of Hoovervilles. However, economically, Romney's accusations did not hold up. To compare former President Obama's plan to help the nation to an economic crisis of our 31st President, Herbert Hoover, were ridiculous. These events resemble those in the Grapes of Wrath. The government camps were built by migrants to help other migrants when the government chose not to assist. However, the police force (representing Romney in the comparison) opposed this beneficiary project and attempted to place a label on the camps that would make them appear disastrous and as a threat. Both events, the novel and Romney's false accusations, tie into the theme that some higher class people will be against projects that benefit people in need.
President Trump invites the Golden State Warriors, former NBA Champions, to the White House after criticizing the head coach and calling the players "mouthy African-Americans". Visits to the White House by NBA players is a common tradition that was broken this year by the Warriors. This ties into the migrants from the story as they made attempts to stand together for their beliefs despite the traditions of the rest of the people. Most migrants had became accustomed to laying and accepting the mistreatment, however, there were a very few who bucked the system by creating their own government camps in efforts to live a better life in California. This reveals one theme of Steinbeck that people should stand up for what you believe to be morally right.
Students from the resent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are standing up against the gun law allowing teenagers of 18 to purchase firearms. The resent push-backs made by the students towards the NRA has placed them in the spotlight by asking them what do they value most...profit? Or safety? This relates to the Grapes of Wrath because of the actions of the bank owners who value money over the lives of thousands of migrant families. The banks would enforce extremely low wages, knowing the migrant families could not support their families from it, just so they could make a profit. The selfish plot viewed in the Grapes of Wrath mirrors the NRA of today.
This article focuses on the popular immigrant success story of Chloe Kim's family. Her father came over to the states "determined to make a life" for his family. Their story shows the benefits that immigrants can provide to their "host country". Kim has become the first female snowboarder in history to land back-to-back 1080 degree spins in competition. She is a four time X-Game Gold Medalist. Her immigrant success story relates to a theme found in the Grapes of Wrath; do not underestimate someone's worth. The people of from Oklahoma could work and achieve just as much as the Californians and people of the bank. However, they would never be given the opportunity to prove it because they where labelled as "migrants" and "Okies".
In this article, migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom. They were beaten on video and forced to ask their families to send money. It may seem as if there is no connection between this story and the Grapes of Wrath but there is. The plot connection I found is the shared hatred that the kidnappers and Californians had towards migrants. Instead of kidnappers beating the migrants, police where the ones attacking migrants in the novel. This is a different from the situation in Libya however seeing that the law enforcement were the ones to raid one of the housings of the kidnappers and rescue eight men who had been taken.