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Marcus Magalso Professor Tuyay Chinese and Filipino Experiences Immigrating to America Asians or Asian Americans make up 5.6% of the American population. Although the number is low, Asian Americans have had a tremendous impact on America. Many Asian groups such as China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and other Asian groups have immigrated to the U.S. The two Asian groups that moved to the U.S. before any other group were the Chinese and Filipinos. Chinese and Filipino decent in America traces back all the way through the 1700’s and 1800’s. Although Filipinos arrived in America first, the first Chinese immigrants paved the way for all other Asian groups to come. The Chinese and Filipinos were not easily accepted into society, but each individual kept on working. Since both groups came for some of the same reasons, they both faced the same challenges and problems. To this day there is still racial tension between groups, but throughout the course of history, Asian Americans have prevailed and kept on living in America. Before the Chinese came to the United States, Filipinos were the first to immigrate to the U.S. Even prior to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines, there was already a Filipino community in Louisiana (Filipino Migration to the U.S.: Introduction, 2). The earliest Filipino settlement in the United States was the Manila men of the Saint Malo village in early Louisiana in 1763. These manila men lived amongst the people in the village, but only spoke Filipino or Spanish. Almost entirely consisting of men, these Filipinos lived by catching fish and alligators. Although the first waves of Asian immigrants were Filipino, there are a few more waves of Filipino immigration into the U.S. (Filipino Migration to the U.S.: Introduction,1) There were two types of Filipinos who went to the United States. One type consisted of the educated and middle class

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