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Philippine Cultural Ethnography Interview


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

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


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

***** Philippines, on the other h*****, continues ***** 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 during the early 1900s, many Filipino men faced exclusion from American social life. The young men who moved to ***** country to work as farmhands and fruit pickers were regarded as racial minorities and were often subjected to exclusionary treatment. However, ***** ***** continue to immigrate ***** the United States today, many as healthcare professionals (Espiritu). Today, Filipinos form one of the largest immigrant groups in the ***** States.

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

This family, composed ***** Mina *****, her husb*****, *****e daughter, Mina's parents, Mina's sister and one niece and nephew, live toget***** in a ***** just outside of Los *****' Kore***** town.

Towards answering the main research question regarding how Filipino ***** are affected ***** their migration experience, ***** researcher utilized the ethnographic research method. The *****er chose to ***** the 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 ***** family members, with a special focus on Mina.

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

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

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


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