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Filipino American Lives

ISBN-10: 1566393175

ISBN-13: 9781566393171

Edition: N/A

Authors: Yen Le Espiritu

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Filipino Americans are now the second largest group of Asian Americans as well as the second largest immigrant group in the United States. As reflected in this collection, their lives represent the diversity of the immigrant experience and their narratives are a way to understand ethnic identity and Filipino American history.Men and women, old and young, middle and working class, first and second generation, all openly discuss their changing sense of identity, the effects of generational and cultural differences on their families, and the role of community involvement in their lives. Pre- and post-1965 immigrants share their experiences, from the working students who came before WWII, to the manongs in the field, to the stewards and officers in the U.S. Navy, to the "brain drain" professionals, to the Filipinos born and raised in the United States.As Yen Le Espiritu writes in the Introduction, "each of the narratives reveals ways in which Filipino American identity has been and continues to be shaped by a colonial history and a white-dominated culture. It is through recognizing how profoundly race has affected their lives that Filipino Americans forge their ethnic identities-identities that challenge stereotypes and undermine practices of cultural domination." Author note: Yen Le Espiritu is Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and the author of Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities (Temple).
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List price: $30.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 3/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

Yen Le Espiritu combines scholarship with personal experience in her writings about the Asian-American experience. A Vietnamese American whose husband is Filipino, Espiritu seeks to understand and to communicate through her writing the many facets of modern Asian experiences in the United States. She wrote. "I still find pan-Asian American ethnicity a complex and changing topic, often defying sociological interpretations and generalizations." Her objectives are to take seriously the differences among Asian groups without glossing over important ethnic differences. Espiritu's published books include Filipino American Lives, Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities, and Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws and Love, in addition to articles in scholarly journals. Espiritu teaches in the Ethnic Studies program of the University of California, San Diego.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Filipino Settlements in the United States
We Have to Show the Americans that We Can Be as Good as Anybody
I Was Used to the American Way of Life
Sometimes, I Am Not Sure What It Means to Be an American
My Dream Is to Be Able to Give Something Back to My Country and My People
My Experience Is Atypical
I Sacrificed My Five-Year College Education to Become a Steward
I Only Finished First Grade
International Medical Graduates Are Tested Every Step of the Way
PASACAT Became My Whole Life
I Knew that I Wanted to Be a Naval Officer
I Offended Many Filipinos Because I Was an FOB
I Could Not Cope with Life
Everybody Seemed to Be Either White or Black, a Full Race
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