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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 of 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 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 ***** to the United States.

***** Philippines, on the other h*****, c*****tinues ***** see large-scale immigration to the ***** States. In addition to being immigrants, Filipinos were also colonized subjects ***** ***** United States, ***** the early 1900s to the mid-1940s. As immigrants ***** ***** early 1900s, many Filipino men faced exclusion from American social life. The young men who moved to this country to work as farmhands and fruit pickers were regarded as racial minorities and ***** often subjected to exclusionary treatment. However, many Filipinos continue to immigrate ***** the United ***** today, many ***** 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-***** families in the United *****? This ***** investigates ***** question by examining the ***** of ***** on ***** ***** family of ***** Angeles, *****.

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

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

***** ***** members were interviewed regarding their *****, *****, aspirati*****s and *****s. This researcher also conducted site vis***** to the ***** family's home, conducting ***** observations ***** ***** dwellings, the arrangement of their living space ***** the artifacts on display.

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

***** this ethnographic ethnographic study of the Rivera family, this rep*****t discusses ***** findings that Filipino-Americans ***** in a unique position to integrate


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