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filipino history in the us According to the US census there are approximately 9 million people living in America who are of Asian descent Twenty-three percent of that are of Chinese ancestry 20 are Filipino 12 are Asian Indian and Japanese Korean and Vietnamese each share about 10 It is expected that by the year 2000 Filipinos will be the largest Asian Pacific Islander group In the state of California there are more Filipinos than there are of Chinese And in San Diego County Filipino Americans are the largest Asian-Pacific Islander group Yet as Filipino Americans we are invisible to mainstream society How often do you see Filipinos in books in magazines on television or on the radio We are hidden in the shadows of our Asian Pacific Islander brothers and sisters and it seems that the only thing people know about us is that our youth have the highest suicide rate in the county But is that all that is known about Filipino Americans Is this what we want our fellow Americans our fellow Asian Americans and our fellow shipmates to know Of course not If possible we would like to be able to tell our friends and neighbors that theres more to being Filipino than just lumpia and pancit We want to be able to tell our friends and family that we have a unique Asian Pacific Islander heritage a heritage that reflects our Filipinoness a heritage that goes deep into the hearts of all Pinoys whether we speak English or Tagalog whether we were born in America or in our native land the Philippines or whether we eat kare-kare pinakbet or hamburger and French fries We want to be able to tell our friends and fellow shipmates that Our history is no mystery Indeed as Filipino Americans we need to tell our story and when our story began Unknown to many people Filipino American
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