This population comprises the second wave of immigration and an important segment of the Filipino population in the United States today.
After the 1965 Immigration Act, Filipinos began arriving in the U. for education, work, and to escape the repressive political regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.
The Filipino American population first started booming after the Philippines became a territory of the United States in 1898.
However, beginning in the 1920s and exploding by the 1930s, sentiment against Filipinos took a decidedly hostile turn.
Legislative testimony in California documented negative stereotypes that focused on the sexual prowess of Filipino males.
Initially, Filipinos had not been barred from marrying white women.
However, concerns of racial purity and mixed- race offspring prompted lawmakers to amend anti-miscegenation laws to include Filipinos.
Filipino Americans remain a population that is diverse on many levels that must be seen in relation to, not in isolation of, each other.