CIRRIE - Vol. 2 Issue 3 Asian Culture Brief: Philippines A...

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Asian Culture Brief: Philippines Vol. 2 • Issue 3 A collaborative project between NTAC-AAPI and the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) at the State University of New York at Buffalo Prepared by Marsha E. Shapiro, based on the original monographs National Technical Assistance Center www.ntac.hawaii.edu Tel: (808)956-3648 Fax: (808)956-5713 Tty: (808)956-2890 Mission: To increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Paci±c Islanders with disabilities nationwide. Based at: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Center on Disability Studies In collaboration with: Hawaii Centers for Independent Living Hawaii Vocational Re- habilitation and Services for the Blind Division Funded by: U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration The purpose of this brief, developed as part of a series of Asia and PaciFc Island culture briefs, is to present readers with a quick overview of the ±ilipino culture and to introduce references that will provide more in-depth perspectives. It is adapted from: de Torres, S. (2002). Understanding persons of Philippine origin: A primer for rehabilitation service providers. Buffalo, NY: Center for International Rehabili- tation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE). Introduction This brief provides an overview of introduction to ±ilipinos in the United States, including their perspectives on disability and rehabilitation, and ways in which they may interact with rehabilitation service providers. It is important to understand that in the Philippines, exposure to – and information about – persons with disabilities are minimal, and rehabilitation services are very limited. These factors contribute to ±ilipino-American perspectives on disability and rehabilitation. However, the reader is cautioned not to generalize the information that follows to all ±ilipinos in the US; as with all ethnic groups, there is great diversity within groups. Numerous but Invisible in America ±rom 1981 to 1996, the Philippines was the second leading country of origin of immigrants to the US (Mexico was Frst). 1 People from the Philippines are called ±ilipinos and are also known as Pinoy. Despite their numbers and long history of immigration to the US, ±ilipinos tend to be an invisible ethnic group here, often mistaken for Latinos due to their Spanish-sounding names, Chinese because of their Asian features, or African Americans, due to their skin tone. If people correctly identify ±ilipinos as Asian, they usually cannot distinguish them from other Asians. Most ±ilipinos know English and are familiar with American culture before coming to the US. This makes adaptation to American life somewhat easier than for many other immigrants. ±ilipinos in the US are known for their industriousness and up- ward mobility: they are the least poor of all major ethnic groups in the US. In 1990, only 4 percent of ±ilipino families were poor; in 2000 the number fell to 1 percent. 2
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