The Latinos of Asia : how Filipino Americans break the rules by Anthony Christian Ocampo

By Anthony Christian Ocampo

Is race in basic terms concerning the colour of your pores and skin? within the Latinos of Asia, Anthony Christian Ocampo exhibits that what "color" you're relies principally in your social context. Filipino americans, for instance, helped identify the Asian American circulate and are categorised through the U.S. Census as Asian. however the legacy of Spanish colonialism within the Philippines implies that they percentage many cultural features with Latinos, such  Read more...

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Slowly but surely, though, Filipinos started to make their way to American shores. 61 Ultimately, immigration reforms in the United States during the 1960s changed everything. In 1965, Congress passed the Hart-Celler Act, which effectively reopened its borders to Asian immigrants, including Filipinos, after nearly four decades of harsh restrictions. While Filipinos were hardly the intended beneficiaries of this immigration reform, they were primed and ready to migrate to the United States, having been groomed by American-style schools and institutions in the Philippines for the past several decades.

Carson has long appealed to minority families who were looking for a middle-class neighborhood existence that was unavailable in the city center. From the early twentieth century to the post–World War II period, the opportunities to purchase a home and land were generally unavailable for the majority of racial minorities, Filipinos included. Most people of color at the time lived in overcrowded housing units clustered in the center of Los Angeles. Given these constraints throughout most of Los Angeles, Carson was unique in that it provided people of color the chance not only to own homes but also to be part of community organizations and local politics.

To my surprise, Eagle Rock was not so puti [white]. My image of America was like in the movies, surrounded by white people. That’s what I was expecting when I came. At first, I thought I could feel comfortable being surrounded by other Filipinos in Eagle Rock [and] being around familiar faces. But surprisingly, it wasn’t the same comfort. Part of it was, unlike the Philippines, everyone seemed to lead their own private life. People were indoors most of the time. I see faces of Filipinos to my left and right, but I still felt like they were inaccessible.

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