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This adaptation in seen through: “brown boys attempt to be more moderate and reject the Jack’s conformism in favor of greater individuality. In many cases, this means seeking a middle ground, and trying to be “good” when it is often easier to be “bad”” (Frost, 2010, p. 223). Filipinx youth are marginalized through inaccurate preconceived notions surrounding theirs or their parents occupations. When in actuality there are more Filipinos in Canada who hold a university degree than the Canadian population (Pratt, 2005). The misunderstanding of the Filipinos level of education, along with the assumption that all brown boys fall into the category of “Surrey Jack’s”, deeply impact the way they are seen as Canadians in a negative way. Transnational identities are formed when individuals have connections and ties to more than just one place or country. A prime example relating to transnational identities is the level of emotion felt by the Filipinx youth when discussing the Philippines. They find belonging through their strong connection and identification with the Filipino culture (Pratt, 2005). It is also important to note that the identification and strive for finding belonging through their Philippine culture can also be attributed to the racism experienced by these youth. Charlene from the focus group describes how the impact of racism gave her the desire to embrace her Filipino culture (Pratt, 2005). In contrast to the brown boys, the Filipinx youth seem to embrace more of their culture by visiting their homes in the Philippines, in what is seen as “therapeutic returns” (Pratt, 2005, p.
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