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America-bred Fil-Ams are treated as outsiders

May 31, 2018
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Filipino-American groups - American-bred

Filipinos who were born and raised in the Philippines often don’t view American-bred Filipinos as Filipino.

In a sense, they are right. We have had very different experiences as Filipino-Americans. We grew up in a different culture. We have been influenced by American norms. We have been subjected to discrimination that the typical Filipino will not have experienced in the Philippines.

And all of this changes us. All of this makes us different from Filipinos living in the home country. But it doesn’t somehow change our identity. While not every Filipino-American is connected to their culture, many of us are raised with Filipino values.

I have had Filipinos try to explain Filipino dishes to me, assuming that as a Fil-Am my palate must only be accustomed to hamburgers and hot dogs. I have had Filipinos translate Tagalog words for me, only to be shocked at my mastery of the language. They express surprise when I reveal that I am connected to the Filipino community, as if it is such an unusual thing for me to retain these ties to my heritage.

Many people in the Philippines assume that their friends and relatives who move to the States become American and abandon their culture, but this isn’t the case. They view us as foreigners who may look like them, but who share few other characteristics and commonalities.

Even those of us who have been disconnected from Filipino culture may not have been distanced by choice. Many Filipinos are adopted into American families. Others have parents who encourage their children to assimilate. Still more grew up in areas with very few, if any, Filipinos. Being treated as outsiders by those who view us as less Filipino can make us feel even more alienated from a community we wish to be a part of.

When Filipino-Americans try to speak Tagalog, we shouldn’t mock their accents. Their stumbling words are an attempt to reconnect to their heritage. We likewise shouldn’t mock them when they don’t recognize foods, or don’t know other aspects of Filipino culture. This is too often what happens when Filipino-Americans try to reclaim their heritage, and it has the effect of pushing them further away.

Instead, we should recognize that Filipino-Americans may not have been as immersed in Filipino culture as Filipinos who grew up in the Philippines. We should recognize this, but not hold it against them, and instead help them learn more about their culture and heritage.

 
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  • gotta lick itgotta lick it PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    yun cousin of na lumaki sa estates ay niyang tawaging "Filipino."



    he prefers to be called "Asian" but he and his family still lives at his mothers house. sabi nga ng tita ko bibili na sila ng bagong bahay at bibigay na lang yun luma sa anak niya.
  • trantadongpinoytrantadongpinoy PEx Rookie ⭐
    Yung mga foreign born na bihasang magtagalog at kumakain ng pagkain pinoy mga pinoy pa din sila.  malamang mga pinoy ang kahalubili nila o closely connected sila sa pinoy communities.

    yung mga kumakain ng pinoy foods pero baluktok magtagalog hindi ko masasabi na pinoy sila. kahit pa kumakain ng tuyo yan.
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
  • jeganrrjeganrr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
  • jeganrrjeganrr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
    Hahaha!Nakakatawa.
  • nikkilovenikkilove PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ethnicity, Filipino
    citizenship, American

    America is a melting pot, the only conisdered Native Americans arw the Indian tribes.

    so Filipino Americans, Filipinos with american citizenship. 

    Green card holders and thouse under working visa, though living in the US, arent considered Americans yet, theyre still Filipinos by citizenship.
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
    Hahaha!Nakakatawa.
    Natatawa ka sa kaBOBOhan mo? :lol:   
  • mcgirl04mcgirl04 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
  • Stella_NoxFleuretStella_NoxFleuret PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Kitid talaga ng utak neto. Eh paano yung mga pinoy na dun ipinanganak sa U.S na filipino parehas ang parents. Kahit pinoy parehas ang parents american pa din? tsk.. Considered kang American, hindi kung saan ka ipinanganak kundi kung American parehas parents mo then american ka.
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Then you're American NOT Filipino. End of discussion.
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Kitid talaga ng utak neto. Eh paano yung mga pinoy na dun ipinanganak sa U.S na filipino parehas ang parents. Kahit pinoy parehas ang parents american pa din? tsk.. Considered kang American, hindi kung saan ka ipinanganak kundi kung American parehas parents mo then american ka.
    Nope. Basa ka muna ng batas Amerikano bago ka magkalat ng katangahan dito. :lol:  
  • Stella_NoxFleuretStella_NoxFleuret PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Kitid talaga ng utak neto. Eh paano yung mga pinoy na dun ipinanganak sa U.S na filipino parehas ang parents. Kahit pinoy parehas ang parents american pa din? tsk.. Considered kang American, hindi kung saan ka ipinanganak kundi kung American parehas parents mo then american ka.
    Nope. Basa ka muna ng batas Amerikano bago ka magkalat ng katangahan dito. :lol:  
    ***** ka, para ka maging American dapat American parehas parents mo. Iba ang American sa U.S citizen ugok. $tupid
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Kitid talaga ng utak neto. Eh paano yung mga pinoy na dun ipinanganak sa U.S na filipino parehas ang parents. Kahit pinoy parehas ang parents american pa din? tsk.. Considered kang American, hindi kung saan ka ipinanganak kundi kung American parehas parents mo then american ka.
    Nope. Basa ka muna ng batas Amerikano bago ka magkalat ng katangahan dito. :lol:  
    ***** ka, para ka maging American dapat American parehas parents mo. Iba ang American sa U.S citizen ugok. $tupid
    Ever heard of ANCHOR BABIES? :lol:   
    Right, ***** ka nga. Nice one! Basa-basa ka ng US laws ha. :lol:   
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Kitid talaga ng utak neto. Eh paano yung mga pinoy na dun ipinanganak sa U.S na filipino parehas ang parents. Kahit pinoy parehas ang parents american pa din? tsk.. Considered kang American, hindi kung saan ka ipinanganak kundi kung American parehas parents mo then american ka.
    Nope. Basa ka muna ng batas Amerikano bago ka magkalat ng katangahan dito. :lol:  
    ***** ka, para ka maging American dapat American parehas parents mo. Iba ang American sa U.S citizen ugok. $tupid
    Another [email protected]@HAN:

    "Iba ang American sa U.S citizen."

    - Dickie (the *****)  :lol:    
  • jeganrrjeganrr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
    Hahaha!Nakakatawa.
    Natatawa ka sa kaBOBOhan mo? :lol:   
    Baka sa kayabangan mo!Hahaha.
  • jeganrrjeganrr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Then you're American NOT Filipino. End of discussion.
    Hindi ba puwedeng paradoxical yun?
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
    Hahaha!Nakakatawa.
    Natatawa ka sa kaBOBOhan mo? :lol:   
    Baka sa kayabangan mo!Hahaha.
    So BOBO ka nga. :lol:   
  • KenClarkKenClark PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    mcgirl04 said:
    For me, anyone born in the US is American.  Or if they moved to the country at a very young age.  I'm a US citizen but I don't consider myself American.  I'm Filipino because I grew up in the Philippines.  I'm only American on paper.
    Then you're American NOT Filipino. End of discussion.
    Hindi ba puwedeng paradoxical yun?
    Nasan naman ang paradox, aber? Patunayan mo nga, BOBO? :lol:  
  • jeganrrjeganrr PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    jeganrr said:
    KenClark said:
    If they hold Filipino passport, then yes.  

    Nakaka-BOBO ang tanong. Obvious naman ang sagot.
    Eh di bobo yung mga nagsasabi na hindi Filipino yung mga America-bred Fil-Ams.
    The answer is obvious. No need to affirm your BOBOness. :lol:   
    Hahaha!Nakakatawa.
    Natatawa ka sa kaBOBOhan mo? :lol:   
    Baka sa kayabangan mo!Hahaha.
    So BOBO ka nga. :lol:   
    You remind me of gooseberry,but you're probably more aggressive.
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