A Filipino is one who can trace his or her heritage to a 7,100 island archipelago between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It was a race who were in a land invaded by the Spaniards, Japanese and Americans but later gained their freedom through force or politics. It can be a proud race who become successful migrants here in the United States.
I am proud to be a Filipino. It is one of the most successful minority groups in the United States with the first immigrants facing extreme discrimination and hardships as nursing aides or low paid workers. But the next generations thereafter would later become successful businessmen, doctors, engineers, nurses, real estate brokers and other professionals. Of course, what makes some people ashamed of being Filipino are those people clueless about their rich culture (mostly found in California) who try to talk, dress and act black and TyPe likE dis. But the good always outweigh the bad.
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