When Asian Americans are discussed in the media the reference is often to people of Chinese or Japanese descent. However, the largest Asian American ethnic group is Filipino, a group of which little is known or written despite its long-standing history with the United States. This interdisciplinary analysis rectifies this dearth of information by addressing ethnic identity, the impact of different colonizations on ethnic identity, personal and family relationships, mental health, race, and racism. In addition, the sociopolitical context is examined in each chapter, making the volume useful as a foundational tool for hypothesis generation, empirical research, policy analysis and planning, and literature review.

Mail-Order Brides: An Emerging Community

Mail-Order Brides: An Emerging Community

Mail-order brides: An emerging community
Raquel Z.Ordoñez

Search for the American Traditional Wife and Blue-Eyed Babies

The practice of matchmaking between Americans and foreign women is not new in American culture. Obtaining wives through brokers played a great role in the early days of settlement of the United States. This is perhaps why American men assert that introductions and referrals through ads, letters, and fee-for-service businesses are perfectly legitimate ways of searching for their mates. What is new in the recent mail-order-bride phenomenon is that instead of looking for Europeans, American men have now turned their eyes toward Asians.

Although the practice of matchmaking or marriage brokering via letters has a long American tradition, it is something new among Filipinos. Marriage via correspondence and ...

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