Progress and Problems: Filipino Immigrants to the United States in the 1990s
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A major characteristic that distinguishes the United States from other nations is its large number of immigrants from virtually every part of the world. Particularly since 1965, the number of immigrants entering the U.S. has continued to swell, diversifying many aspects of American life. My research project focuses on the status of Filipino immigrants, the largest immigrant group from Asia today. My study deals with several issues that use the U.S. Census data as a primary resource. First, in what ways has the Filipino American community been transformed as a result of changes in U.S. immigration laws since the 1990s? Moreover, what progress have foreign-born Filipinos made in their American life and what are some problems that they continue to face today? The new wave of immigrants between 1980 and 2000 changed the demographics of foreign-born Filipinos in terms of sex ratio, citizenship, education, language, occupation and income. Unlike their predecessors, Filipinos in the 1990s are mostly well-educated professionals who show a potential for gaining political power in the U.S. Some things remain the same, however: the Philippines? colonial past and the legacy of restrictive immigration laws seem to remain influential in the lives of foreign-born Filipinos.