Second Generation Filipino American Families
Second generation Filipino Americans (SGFAs) are more likely than other ethnic groups to be depressed and engage in risk behaviors. I discuss challenges SGFAs face with particular focus on the intersection of colonial mentality and intergenerational family conflict. In-depth interviews were conducted with thirty SGFAs. Narratives revealed evidence of both colonial debt, a form of colonial mentality or sense of gratitude for "civilizing" their indigenous culture, and family indebtedness to first generation parents. Combined with a strong inclination to assimilate, the weight of this indebtedness has had a detrimental effect on SGFAs emotional well being.
Ferrera, Maria J.
"The Burden of Colonial Debt and Indebtedness in Second Generation Filipino American Families,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 43
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol43/iss3/10