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By Yen Le Espiritu

Filipino americans, who adventure lifestyles within the usa as immigrants, colonized nationals, and racial minorities, were little studied, notwithstanding they're one in all our biggest immigrant teams. according to her in-depth interviews with a couple of hundred Filipinos in San Diego, California, Yen Le Espiritu investigates how Filipino men and women are remodeled throughout the adventure of migration, and the way they in flip remake the social international round them. Her delicate research finds that Filipino americans confront U.S. family racism and international energy buildings by means of dwelling transnational lives which are formed as a lot by means of literal and symbolic ties to the Philippines as they're via social, fiscal, and political realities within the usa.

Espiritu deftly weaves bright first-person narratives with greater social and old contexts as she discovers the which means of domestic, group, gender, and intergenerational family members between Filipinos. between different themes, she explores the ways in which girl sexuality is outlined in contradistinction to American mores and indicates how this strategy turns into a manner of opposing racial subjugation during this kingdom. She additionally examines how Filipinos have built-in themselves into the yank place of work and appears heavily on the results of colonialism.

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Their personal and professional lives will be examined more closely in chapter 6. Not all contemporary immigrants from the Philippines are professionals, however. S. economy—have resulted in two distinct chains of emigration: one of the relatives of Filipinos who had left for the United States before 1965 and another chain of highly trained immigrants who entered during the late 1960s and early 1970s. As indicated in table 1, during the 1966–1975 period, the two groups entered in about the same proportion.

S. colonial rule, the Philippine national economy changed significantly. Foremost among these changes was the further development of the agricultural export economy (begun under Spanish rule), with sugar in the lead, and the growing dependence on imports for such basic necessities as rice and textiles. 8 As a civilian government replaced military rule, the cultural Amer- 26 Leaving Home icanization of the Philippine population became an integral part of the process of colonization. S. colonizers introduced a universal public education and revamped Philippine educational institutions and curricula using the American system as its model and English as the language of instruction.

The argument of this chapter is simple: Filipinos went to the United States because Americans went first to the Philippines. S. imperialism in the Philippines and in Asia. In 1898, in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the United States brutally took possession of the Philippines over native opposition and uprising, thereby extending its “Manifest Destiny” to Pacific Asia. S. territorial annexation of the Philippines—ostensibly to prepare the archipelago for eventual independence. S. occupation infiltrated all segments of Philippine society.

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