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happens every where
is a land of diversity because of the migration of people from all over the
world. Although this may be the land of diversity, we face a lot of discrimination.
It does not always matter what color your skin is, or how you look, you still
face discrimination of some kind in life. Discriminations happen all the time,
even within same racial ethnicities. I have based my subject on Loretta Adrian,
which I had the pleasure to interview. Loretta grew up
in the Philippines
where she attended many years of school and earned her bachelors degree. She
moved over to the United States
in her early twenties, where she has experienced life in San Diego where she got married and had two
children. Having married a Caucasian man, she shared experiences about her
children and adversities that they faced being half Filipino and half white.
Not only had Loretta Adrian and her children been challenged with
discrimination here in the United States,
but she has also faced discrimination in the Philippines as well.
most of the discrimination was through class because everyone was the same
ethnicity. After speaking with Loretta, she stated that most of the discrimination
was because of the way someone dressed of the amount of money that they made.
Racial discriminations didn’t take place because everyone was Filipino. It
seems as if we see the same thing happed all around the world. We often find
Filipinos who immigrate in the United States do not receive acceptance from
Filipinos who are natives of America.
An example in the book “Home Bound” shows how a Filipinos who immigrated to America
found comfort in hanging out with different races other than Filipinos. “In the
same way, mocked by his Filipino American peers, Dario Villa” found comfort in
the company of Mexicans, other FOBs, open-minded Filipinos, and others who
accepted me unconditionally.”” (Espiritu 185). Throughout the chapter of
“Homebound” there were many examples of how Filipinos who migrated to America
found that their friends were Mexicans, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans.
“Nicholas Santos likewise found that his African American friends were more
accepting of his immigrant background than were his Filipino American
classmates.” ( Espiritu 185). Problems like this seem
to happen with all different racial ethnicities. I have seen it personally
myself in Chinese people. Chinese people who come to America trying to look cool, but
they really get made fun of because they dress different and they don’t have
that much money. It is obvious to see that all they want to do is fit in.
Adrian faced racial discriminations were people assumed that she did not speak
English. In the interview, she told me about an incident in a grocery store
where someone talked to her like she didn’t speak a word of English. After
completing her bachelor’s degree in the Philippines
she came over to the United
States and found herself applying for jobs in
secretarial positions. She later found that she should be aiming for higher
positions. It was the help of one of her peers when they said “Why are you
applying for secretarial positions when you are capable of so much more”. It
she started applying for bigger and better jobs. Similar events have taken
past. During times of war, men from the Philippines
were recruited to go to war for America.
They were not treated with the respect that white men were treated with. They
soon found that they were not recruited to fight in battle to honor America,
but they were recruited to prepare food for the soldiers. This would be a great
example of how Filipinos were mistreated because of the color of their skin.
children are mixed with Filipino and Caucasian, which made it difficult for
them to pick sides. Her oldest child has lighter skin and he looks more Caucasian, whereas her youngest son has darker skin and
looked more Filipino. In a way they both faced different kinds of
discrimination and she found that her younger son faced more discrimination
than her elder son. For the most part, her eldest some seems to side more with
being white. Her younger son is strong in a sense where he proudly acknowledges
to be Filipino. It is amazing to see how the color of
your skin can have such a heavy effect on how you will be treated. Filipinos
who grow up in certain neighborhoods hand out with certain kids. For example, A
Filipino who grows up with white kids would hang out with white kids. Events
like this tend to cause problems because other Filipinos look at them as being
white washed because they want to hang out with white people.
younger child faced things such as being accused of being part of gangs because
he dressed a certain way and because he hung out with certain people. She
shared how her younger son hung out with African Americans and Mexicans. When
with African Americans many people would assume he was black, and when he hung
out with Mexicans many people would assume he was Mexican. He was challenged
with events such as being pulled over because he was with an African American
car. What really stuck me was that his car was searched because the police
assumed he was doing something with drugs. In a sense, these events have made
him a stronger person because he has faced a lot more adversities. I believe
that the more you
in life, the stronger you will be. Loretta would defiantly say that her
children have gone through more than she has. Because she came over to America
at an older age, she did not face the discrimination on a high school level.
She did face racial discriminations because of the way she looked, or because
of her accent. Although she was the one who was born in a different country,
she felt that her children faced more discriminations than she did.
sum up my points, I would like to show how racial discrimination is still such
a big deal up to this very day. Even though we have gone a very long way, we
are still far from the goal that we strive to reach for. Loretta Adrian is a
woman who has found herself a great career as the Vice President of Student
Services at Skyline college in San Bruno. She has come a very long way to
get to where she is. Loretta is proud to be Filipino and has a lot to share
with young Filipinos who are struggling. She has shared a lot about her
childhood, professional careers, and shared about how discrimination exists in
the Philippines just as bad
as it does in the United States.
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