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Philippine Cultural Ethnography Interview

Abstract

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

Through personal interviews and site v*****its to ***** Rivera family home, this researcher finds that despite migration ***** decades of cultural 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.

Introduction

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

The Philippines, on the other h*****, c*****tinues to see large-scale immigration to the United States. In addition to being immigrants, Filipinos were also colonized subjects ***** ***** United States, ***** the early 1900s to ***** mid-1940s. As immigrants ***** the early 1900s, ***** 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 exclusionary treatment. However, many ***** continue to immigrate to the United ***** **********, 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 ***** structure and lives ***** Filipino-American families in the United *****? This ***** investigates this question by examining ***** ***** of immigration on the ***** family ***** ***** Angeles, California.

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

Towards answering the main research question regarding ***** 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 ***** the family members, with a special focus on Mina.

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

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

Through 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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