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Philippine Cultural Ethnography Interview


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

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


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

***** Philippines, on the other h*****, continues to see large-scale immigration to the ***** States. In addition to being immigrants, Filipinos were also colonized subjects of ***** United *****, ***** the early 1900s to ***** mid-1940s. As immigrants during the early *****, many Filipino men faced exclusion from American social life. The young ***** who moved to this 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 ***** 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-American families in ***** United States? This paper investigates this question by examining the ***** of ***** on ***** ***** family of ***** Angeles, California.

***** family, composed ***** Mina Rivera, her husband, *****e daughter, *****'s parents, Mina's sister and one niece ***** nephew, live toget***** in a ***** just outside of Los *****' 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 ***** the Rivera family to examine the effects ***** migration on a small group. In line with ethnographic research, this ********** c*****ducted first-hand interviews ***** ***** family members, with a special focus on Mina.

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

***** family was specifically ********** for a number of re*****s*****s. First, the Rivera family is fairly re*****ative of *****. 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, ***** Riveras ***** lived in th***** country since 1975, giving them over 30 years of cultural assimilation into the United *****.

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


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