Known To Many As The ‘Melting Pot,’ The United States Consists

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Known to many as the ‘melting pot,’ the United States consists of a variety of cultures and peoples. Immigrants from near and far traveled and continue to do so for economic opportunities or to escape persecution. One particular group of people who immigrated to the United States were the Filipinos or Pinoys, as some like to call themselves. Due to its 400-year colonization by Spain and the United States, the Filipino American populace increased after the Philippines became a territory under U.S. control. The last Asiatic group to migrate to the United States, the Filipinos have contributed to the American society through a variety of occupations, such as sailors or nannies. Moreover, the U.S. colonization of the Philippines from…show more content…
However, it was not until the Gold Rush of 1848 that a mass number of Philippine sailors and laborers arrived in California participating in the agriculture industry and whaling ship expeditions to Alaska. The possession of their native land on December 10, 1898, further encouraged Filipino immigration, since they became U.S. nationals. Those with American passports could travel from the U.S. and back until the Tydings-McDuffle Act in 1934. Under this act, the United States only accepted fifty Filipino immigrants to enter the U.S. each year. Hence, this act and the Great Depression decreased Filipino immigration. The Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association was an exception, however, in order for Filipinos to fill in the sugar industry’s labor shortages. Thus, many Filipinos continued to enter the United States via Hawaii. The first wave of Filipino immigrants either settled in Hawaii or on the mainland, yet each American experience was different. For instance, on the Hawaiian Islands, Filipinos did not encounter the racist white working class, as those working on the mainland. Instead, they were competing with Japanese workers on the plantations, plantation managers regulated this competition to avert protests and working protocols. Consequently, Pablo Malapit led the Japanese and Filipino workers to protest for better working conditions in 1924. As a result, Hawaii blacklisted the Filipinos and forced many to move to the United States mainland. Moving from the island
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