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Philippine Cultural Ethnography Interview

Abstract

***** 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 the Rivera family home, this researcher finds that despite migration ***** decades of ***** assimilation, the Rivera family 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.

Introduction

***** 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 like Korea has actually resulted in decreased ***** to the United States.

The Philippines, on the other hand, continues ***** see large-scale immigration to the ***** States. In addition to being immigrants, Filipinos were also colonized subjects ***** the United *****, ***** ***** early 1900s to the mid-1940s. As immigrants during ***** 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, ***** Filipinos continue to immigrate to 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 of Filipino-***** families in the United States? This ***** investigates ***** question by examining the effects of immigration on ***** ***** family of ***** Angeles, *****.

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

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

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

***** family was specifically *****n 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 ***** ***** racial or ethnic group (yet). Second, ***** Riveras ***** lived in this ***** since 1975, giving them over 30 years of cultural ***** in***** the United *****.

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

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