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Immigration Paper

Immigration Paper - Reapor 1 Vanessa Reapor Ethnic Studies...

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Reapor 1 Vanessa Reapor Ethnic Studies, Section 01 April 28, 2010 Immigration Paper President Corazon Aquino—the first former women President of the Republic of the Philippines—once said, “My religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way.” 1 President Aquino’s statement captures the very essence of Filipino culture: religion and family. In fact, this Filipino sentiment of close family ties and spiritual attunement has “migrated” with my family from the archipelagos of the Philippines to the land of opportunity, the United States of America. For my family at least, immigrating to the United States was a collective effort since the beginning. My aunt Zenida who happens to be the eldest sister of my mom and her six other siblings, applied for a professional immigrant visa after college in 1969. When she achieved American citizenship status in 1979, my aunt Zenida thus petitioned my grandfather Francisco and grandmother Belen through family sponsorship. Then in 1981 when my grandfather and grandmother obtained citizenship as well, my grandfather —who served for the United States Armed Forces of the Far East at Camp Murphy in the Philippines as a Medical Core and later became a prisoner of war at the Bataan Death March during World War 2—slowly petitioned the rest of his children in 1982. Petitioning my mom, Editha was a different situation compared to the rest of her
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Reapor 2 siblings. By 1982, she was already married to my dad, Romeo, and had two children— my brothers, Vincent (b.1979) and Roy (b. 1981). My family, therefore, had an elongated immigration process of almost a decade, and was forced to continue living life in Quezon City, Philippines until they were given the “go signal” by the United States. In the meantime, my mom had two more children: my other older brother Tristan (b. 1983) and I (b. 1990). Although she earned a degree in Nutrition, my mom chose to be a full time
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