The Paradox of Assimilation

Yen Le Espiritu and Diane L. Wolf

in Ethnicities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230118
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927513 | DOI:
The Paradox of Assimilation

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This chapter begins by presenting a broader historical context of Filipino immigration to the United States; to California; and to the research site, San Diego. It then delineates the socioeconomic status of the Filipino CILS sample and the academic achievements and ambitions of young Filipinos. Next, the chapter analyzes what it means to grow up as children of Filipino immigrants in San Diego by focusing on shifts in ethnic identity and perceptions of discrimination, the quality of family relationships, and emotional well-being. It notes that race and gender mark most aspects of young Filipino lives and constitute crucial axes along which children of Filipino immigrants must be understood.

Keywords: Filipino immigrants; San Diego; California; United States; ethnic identity; discrimination; family relationships; gender; race; emotional well-being

Chapter.  11389 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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