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Interview with 21-year-old Filipina-American
(conducted via online messaging service)

(09:53:17) Interviewer: so what do your parents do
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my dad is a pathologist

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my mom is a psychiatrist

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both educated in the Philippines

(09:53:40) Interviewer: where did they go to school?
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they both went to medical school at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center

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for undergrad, my mom went to the University of the Interviewerippines and my dad went to ... i forget

(09:54:31) Interviewer: where were they each from
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my mom was born in the province but she was educated in Manila from a young age

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my dad was born in the boonies.. he's from Bataan

(09:55:07) Interviewer: how did they afford education?
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my mom's education was paid by her parents - her parents told her that she would get anything to get an education and then past that she was on her own

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which is what she's doing with me

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and my dad had an older sister who was a nurse in Canada/the US who sent him money

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to put him through school

(09:56:04) Interviewer: what did her parents do for money?
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my grandpa owned a trucking company

(09:56:38) Interviewer: i see, so your mom had a family that could afford education on their own
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yes

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even though there were 12 other children

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my mom was really lucky because she was the oldest girl

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so she got everything new and everyone younger than her got hand-me-downs

(09:57:28) Interviewer: what about school, did the younger kids get to go?
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yeah

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some of the younger kids paid for the younger younger kids though

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the difference between my mom and her youngest brother is 20 years

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so there's room for some of the older kids to grow up and make money before the other ones go to school

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go back where

(09:58:25) Interviewer: and why didn't your parents go back to the Philippines after making some money here
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they wanted a better place for their kids

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..me.

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they expect to go back to die

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like they go home

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but they come here to make money

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you should really talk about nowadays

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because the Philippines has no doctors

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because they all come here

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as nurses

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lab techs

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anything to make money for their children

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nurses come here to be nurses because of the US shortage in nurses

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it really is a huge problem

(10:00:48) Interviewer: so if your parents were asked where home is
(10:00:50) Interviewer: they would say . .
(10:00:54) Informant: Phil



ippines

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yeah they ask us when we want to go home too

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but we say home is here

(10:01:16) Interviewer: does your dad go home to bataan or is his family somewhere else now
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well

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they were kind of angry

(10:02:44) Interviewer: that he left?
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because my dad inherited the mango grove

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and they wanted it

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so a few years back he gave them the deed

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and now they don't hate him anymore

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so that's how they make a living

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so the mango grove is in bataan

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but when we go we mostly go to manila

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or if we travel it's for vacation resorts and stuff

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i mean, i've been to bataan but i've never seen my family there

(10:04:11) Interviewer: would somebody living in manila making a decent living still want to come to canada or something
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yes

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the exchange rate is 56 pesos to the dollar

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it's hard living in the Philippines now

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everything is expensive

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there are a few wealthy people who don't care

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but their kids want to come to the US

(10:05:35) Interviewer: why is that?
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there are two sides

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i mean, there's always the dream for a better world for your kids

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a lot of it is motivated by wanting to make it better for the next generation

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that's why most of the immigrants are young families

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you don't really see older people coming over here

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like, my godmother never had kids.. so she made all her money here and went back home

(10:08:10) Interviewer: do people who are working here to start a family still send money home to cousins etc?
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yeah

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definitely

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for medical bills

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schooling

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lots of people are losing jobs now in the Philippines

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because all the jobs are going to china

(10:09:05) Interviewer: manufacturing jobs?
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yeah

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and tech stuff too

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panasonic, etc

(10:09:58) Interviewer: so when you get a doctorate or nursing degree in the Philippines, how much is it worth over here?
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oh i don't know about nursing

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for doctors it's tough

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you have to take all the exams

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but all the exams cost $100 each

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so first you have to be able to afford those

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and then there's the question of visas

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getting in

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you can't come here to interview until you have a visa, but you can't get a visa until you're accepted

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and have a job

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etc

(10:11:35) Interviewer: so when did your parents come over
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my parents came in 75

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right after they were married

(10:11:56) Interviewer: did they come straight to chicago?
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which was right after they graduated med school

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no

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they started in ... ohio?

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i'm not really sure.. my brother was born in dayton

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and then they lived on skid row

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in chicago

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somewhere near LSD

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they got their wedding bands stolen

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break ins and stuff

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my mom became really scared of black people and drug users

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that's all i know

(10:14:35) Interviewer: so do you still have family trying to come over
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yes

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my aunt actually got deported

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she's a doctor

(10:14:49) Interviewer: how come?
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arbitrarily

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my uncle is a doctor here

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and they had a baby a year ago

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and so the mom and the baby were coming here

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the baby was born here so she was let in

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and the mom was told she had 24 hours to leave the country

(10:15:39) Interviewer: is it getting easier for your family to come over from the Philippines because of their family here already working?
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in some cases... if they petitioned

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my uncle who's here now is here b/c my mom petitioned for him when she came

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i mean my uncle still had to go through the whole process

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applications and whatnot... he's the one who's 20 years younger

(10:16:33) Interviewer: how long did that take?
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i was helping him do his applications 10 years ago

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he moved here like.. 4 years ago?

(10:17:05) Interviewer: and that was his wife who got deported?
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she went to med school w/him

(10:17:23) Interviewer: and when did she have the baby
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she's either going to take the derma exam or the peds exam

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the baby is 2 now

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just turned 2 in april

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yeah so he just moved from buffalo to alabama

(10:18:51) Interviewer: so where is your aunt living
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and he's hoping to get his family here within the year

(10:19:06) Informant: she's back in manila splitting time between her mom's and my grandma's