ERIC Number: ED127395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Pilipino American.
The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations presents here a brief overview of the Pilipino American experience and orientation to aid in understanding. Included are historical facts and also more personal statements. Among the minorities of the Los Angeles County, the Pilipino population is notable for its large proportion of new comers. There have been three waves of immigrants and presently they are immigrating in greater numbers than any other Asian group and will outnumber both Japanese Americans and Chinese Americans if the 1970 immigration rate continues. At the core of Pilipino social interactions is the maintenance of personal pride, dignity and esteem, and the avoidance of shame. Harmony among persons is also a fundamental value among Pilipinos. For Pilipinos, the family is the center of personal commitment. It is an extended family including not only parents and children but also grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Although Spanish rule of the Philippines encouraged dominance by men, the position of Pilipino women has been one of strength. Among Pilipinos, respect is linked to age and not sex. Another cultural feature, one which governs relationships outside extended family circles, is the practice of reciprocity; a favor done by one member of a family puts all family members in good standing with the debtor. The family, as well as being the primary social unit is also the primary unit of economics. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, CA.