Filipinos in the United States Essay

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Filipinos in the United States 1 Filipino in the United States Phyllis Caldwell ETH/125 December 4, 2011 Jennifer Teague Filipinos in the United States 2 Filipinos in what is now the United States were first documented in the 16th century, with small settlements beginning in the 18th century. Mass immigration did not begin until the early 20th century, and for a period the History of the Philippines merged with that of the United States. After the independence of the Philippines from the United States, Filipino Americans continued to grow in population and had events that are associated to them. According to the U.S. census, there are approximately 9million people living in America who are of Asian descent, 20% are Filipino. It is expected, that by the year 2000 Filipinos will be the largest Asian Pacific Islander group. Researchers have looked upon the pattern of immigration of Filipinos to the United States and recognized four significant waves. The first was connected to the period when the Philippines was part of New Spain and later the Spanish East Indies; Filipinos, via the Manila galleons, would migrate to North American, some finding their way to the United States, others remaining in Mexico. This would end around 1906 with the end of the Spanish East Indies due to the Spanish and Philippine American Wars.( Jackson, Yo 2006) The second wave of immigration was during the American colonial period when Filipinos were U.S. Nationals, and were unrestricted from immigrating to the US by laws that restricted other Asians. This wave of immigration has been

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