Filipino Americans, like other American populations, are not an absolute group that evolved in a vacuum. This book documents how they emerged and grew within the larger context of political forces, the prevailing social order, rights and responsibilities of individuals, economic well being, and the American Dream. In doing so, Filipino Americans became active participants in the American democracy, a crucial step because the 21st century will be defined not so much by the color line but by a more basic human relationship: the sustained commitment and shared sacrifice by adults for the well being of future generations.
Juanita Tamayo Lott trained as a social scientist at the University of Chicago and as a policy analyst in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Author of Asian Americans: From Racial Category to Multiple Identities and The Asian American Almanac, she has written on demographic shifts for general public and scholarly audiences since 1976.
Chapter 1 The Future of Nicholas and Fourth-Generation Filipino Americans Chapter 2 Crossing Waters: The Pioneer Generation of Filipino Americans Chapter 3 The Dinner Table: Children of the Pioneers Chapter 4 Flying across Skies: The Post-1965 Immigrant Generation Chapter 5 Fast-Food Take-Out: Multicultural/Multiracial Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren Chapter 6 The Common Destiny of Multigenerational Americans