Being a member of fellow Filipino Americans and

Being a member of fellow Filipino Americans and - Being a...

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Being a member of fellow Filipino Americans and of our subordinate group here in America has been a challenge. After immigrating to the United States with my wife, a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, we moved to a little subdivision of Jacksonville, Florida called Mayport. My home in the Philippines was a small village surrounded by coconut palm trees and an ever present warm tropical breeze. My immediate family and the rest of our villagers were united in desiring a better quality of life. The Philippines is a third world, slowly developing country and the lifestyle in our country is less stressful than living and compared to other countries. Our country has a population nearing 90 million people comprised of native Filipinos and a diverse and tolerant combination of Americans, Asians, Europeans and small groups of other origins. America has been a living destination our people have been drawn to since 1763, when our people first started immigrating in cities such as New Orleans and Acapulco. In our desires to get to America and obtain a "better life", we faced many obstacles. While many other Filipinos efforts to become Americans have failed, surprises and pitfalls were common in the processes of many refugees who did make the decision to leave the Philippines. Besides the obvious obstacle of language and communication in our new country, the
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