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Philippine Cultural Ethnography Interview


***** paper is a cultural ethnographic study of the Rivera family, a Philippine-American family residing in Los Angeles, California.

Through personal interviews and site visits to the Rivera family home, this researcher finds that despite migration ***** decades of ***** assimilation, the Rivera ***** still retains many ***** its Filipino traditions, values and cultural norms. This paper examines how those values are expressed in the family relationships, their goals ***** the architecture and organization of their house.


***** an immigrant group, Filipino-Americans have a very different history from their Asi*****n counterparts. Many Southeast Asian *****s like Koreans began large-scale immigration only during the 1980s. At present, economic development in ***** Southeast Asian countries ***** Korea has actually resulted in decreased ***** to the United States.

***** Philippines, on the other h*****, c*****tinues ***** see large-scale immigration to the United States. In addition to being immigrants, Filipinos were also colonized subjects ***** ***** United *****, from the early 1900s to ***** mid-1940s. As immigrants ***** the early *****, many Filipino men faced exclusion from American social life. The young ***** who moved to this country ***** work as farmhands and fruit pickers were regarded as racial minorities and ***** often subjected to ********** treatment. However, many ***** continue to immigrate to the United States *****day, many ***** healthcare professionals (Espiritu). Today, Filipinos form one of the largest immigrant groups in the United States.

What effects did this unique acculturation experience have on the structure and lives ***** Filipino-***** families in the United *****? This ***** investigates ***** question by examining ***** ***** of immigration on the ***** family ***** Los Angeles, *****.

***** family, composed of Mina Rivera, her husb*****, one daughter, ********** parents, Mina's sister and ***** niece ***** nephew, live together in a ***** just outside of Los Angeles' Korea town.

Towards answering the main research question regarding ***** Filipino ***** are affected ***** their migration experience, this researcher utilized the ethnographic research method. The researcher chose to ***** ***** Rivera family to examine the effects of migration on a small group. In line with ethnographic research, this researcher c*****ducted first-hand interviews with the family members, ***** a special focus on Mina.

***** ***** members were interviewed regarding ***** goals, *****, aspirations and experiences. This ***** also conducted site ***** ***** the ***** family's home, conducting first-hand observations of their dwellings, the arrangement of their living space and the artifacts on display.

***** family was specifically chosen for a number of reasons. First, ***** Rivera family is fairly representative ***** Filipino-Americans. Both Mina and her husband are of Filipino origin, and no one in the household ***** married a person from a ***** racial or ethnic group (yet). Second, ***** *****s have lived in th***** country since 1975, giving them over 30 years of cultural ***** into the United States.

***** this ethnographic ***** study of the Rivera family, this report discusses ***** findings that Filipino-Americans ***** in a unique position to integr*****te


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