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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
(09:53:31) INFORMANT: my dad is a pathologist
(09:53:32) INFORMANT: my mom is a psychiatrist
(09:53:36) INFORMANT: both educated in the Philippines
(09:53:40) INTERVIEWER: where did they go to school?
(09:54:02) INFORMANT: they both went to medical school at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
(09:54:23) INFORMANT: 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
(09:54:54) INFORMANT: my mom was born in the province but she was educated in Manila from a young age
(09:55:01) INFORMANT: my dad was born in the boonies.. he's from Bataan
(09:55:07) INTERVIEWER: how did they afford education?
(09:55:34) INFORMANT: 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
(09:55:40) INFORMANT: which is what she's doing with me
(09:55:58) INFORMANT: and my dad had an older sister who was a nurse in Canada/the US who sent him money
(09:56:01) INFORMANT: to put him through school
(09:56:04) INTERVIEWER: what did her parents do for money?
(09:56:17) INFORMANT: 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
(09:56:46) INFORMANT: yes
(09:56:50) INFORMANT: even though there were 12 other children
(09:57:06) INFORMANT: my mom was really lucky because she was the oldest girl
(09:57:17) INFORMANT: 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?
(09:57:32) INFORMANT: yeah
(09:57:45) INFORMANT: some of the younger kids paid for the younger younger kids though
(09:57:57) INFORMANT: the difference between my mom and her youngest brother is 20 years
(09:58:12) INFORMANT: so there's room for some of the older kids to grow up and make money before the other ones go to school
(09:58:21) INFORMANT: go back where
(09:58:25) INTERVIEWER: and why didn't your parents go back to the Philippines after making some money here
(09:58:38) INFORMANT: they wanted a better place for their kids
(09:58:40) INFORMANT: ..me.
(09:59:23) INFORMANT: they expect to go back to die
(09:59:32) INFORMANT: like they go home
(09:59:35) INFORMANT: but they come here to make money
(09:59:41) INFORMANT: you should really talk about nowadays
(09:59:45) INFORMANT: because the Philippines has no doctors
(09:59:50) INFORMANT: because they all come here
(09:59:52) INFORMANT: as nurses
(09:59:55) INFORMANT: lab techs
(10:00:06) INFORMANT: anything to make money for their children
(10:00:30) INFORMANT: nurses come here to be nurses because of the US shortage in nurses
(10:00:48) INFORMANT: 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: Philippines
(10:01:05) INFORMANT: yeah they ask us when we want to go home too
(10:01:13) INFORMANT: but we say home is here
(10:01:16) INTERVIEWER: does your dad go home to bataan or is his family somewhere else now
(10:02:36) INFORMANT: well
(10:02:39) INFORMANT: they were kind of angry
(10:02:44) INTERVIEWER: that he left?
(10:02:44) INFORMANT: because my dad inherited the mango grove
(10:02:48) INFORMANT: and they wanted it
(10:02:57) INFORMANT: so a few years back he gave them the deed
(10:03:01) INFORMANT: and now they don't hate him anymore
(10:03:05) INFORMANT: so that's how they make a living
(10:03:17) INFORMANT: so the mango grove is in bataan
(10:03:31) INFORMANT: but when we go we mostly go to manila
(10:03:41) INFORMANT: or if we travel it's for vacation resorts and stuff
(10:03:50) INFORMANT: 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
(10:04:16) INFORMANT: yes
(10:04:30) INFORMANT: the exchange rate is 56 pesos to the dollar
(10:04:52) INFORMANT: it's hard living in the Philippines now
(10:04:56) INFORMANT: everything is expensive
(10:05:08) INFORMANT: there are a few wealthy people who don't care
(10:05:13) INFORMANT: but their kids want to come to the US
(10:05:35) INTERVIEWER: why is that?
(10:05:51) INFORMANT: there are two sides
(10:05:57) INFORMANT: i mean, there's always the dream for a better world for your kids
(10:06:05) INFORMANT: a lot of it is motivated by wanting to make it better for the next generation
(10:06:19) INFORMANT: that's why most of the immigrants are young families
(10:06:36) INFORMANT: you don't really see older people coming over here
(10:06:54) INFORMANT: 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?
(10:08:18) INFORMANT: yeah
(10:08:21) INFORMANT: definitely
(10:08:36) INFORMANT: for medical bills
(10:08:37) INFORMANT: schooling
(10:08:44) INFORMANT: lots of people are losing jobs now in the Philippines
(10:08:54) INFORMANT: because all the jobs are going to china
(10:09:05) INTERVIEWER: manufacturing jobs?
(10:09:09) INFORMANT: yeah
(10:09:17) INFORMANT: and tech stuff too
(10:09:26) INFORMANT: 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?
(10:10:28) INFORMANT: oh i don't know about nursing
(10:10:35) INFORMANT: for doctors it's tough
(10:10:41) INFORMANT: you have to take all the exams
(10:10:47) INFORMANT: but all the exams cost $100 each
(10:10:57) INFORMANT: so first you have to be able to afford those
(10:11:06) INFORMANT: and then there's the question of visas
(10:11:10) INFORMANT: getting in
(10:11:30) INFORMANT: you can't come here to interview until you have a visa, but you can't get a visa until you're accepted
(10:11:32) INFORMANT: and have a job
(10:11:35) INFORMANT: etc
(10:11:35) INTERVIEWER: so when did your parents come over
(10:11:43) INFORMANT: my parents came in 75
(10:11:48) INFORMANT: right after they were married
(10:11:56) INTERVIEWER: did they come straight to chicago?
(10:11:59) INFORMANT: which was right after they graduated med school
(10:12:02) INFORMANT: no
(10:12:16) INFORMANT: they started in ... ohio?
(10:12:30) INFORMANT: i'm not really sure.. my brother was born in dayton
(10:12:42) INFORMANT: and then they lived on skid row
(10:12:44) INFORMANT: in chicago
(10:13:37) INFORMANT: somewhere near LSD
(10:13:45) INFORMANT: they got their wedding bands stolen
(10:13:50) INFORMANT: break ins and stuff
(10:14:04) INFORMANT: my mom became really scared of black people and drug users
(10:14:11) INFORMANT: that's all i know
(10:14:35) INTERVIEWER: so do you still have family trying to come over
(10:14:39) INFORMANT: yes
(10:14:44) INFORMANT: my aunt actually got deported
(10:14:48) INFORMANT: she's a doctor
(10:14:49) INTERVIEWER: how come?
(10:14:54) INFORMANT: arbitrarily
(10:15:10) INFORMANT: my uncle is a doctor here
(10:15:12) INFORMANT: and they had a baby a year ago
(10:15:20) INFORMANT: and so the mom and the baby were coming here
(10:15:27) INFORMANT: the baby was born here so she was let in
(10:15:33) INFORMANT: 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?
(10:15:52) INFORMANT: in some cases... if they petitioned
(10:16:01) INFORMANT: my uncle who's here now is here b/c my mom petitioned for him when she came
(10:16:17) INFORMANT: i mean my uncle still had to go through the whole process
(10:16:27) INFORMANT: applications and whatnot... he's the one who's 20 years younger
(10:16:33) INTERVIEWER: how long did that take?
(10:16:46) INFORMANT: i was helping him do his applications 10 years ago
(10:16:54) INFORMANT: he moved here like.. 4 years ago?
(10:17:05) INTERVIEWER: and that was his wife who got deported?
(10:17:15) INFORMANT: she went to med school w/him
(10:17:23) INTERVIEWER: and when did she have the baby
(10:17:30) INFORMANT: she's either going to take the derma exam or the peds exam
(10:17:43) INFORMANT: the baby is 2 now
(10:17:47) INFORMANT: just turned 2 in april
(10:18:48) INFORMANT: yeah so he just moved from buffalo to alabama
(10:18:51) INTERVIEWER: so where is your aunt living
(10:18:54) INFORMANT: 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