A mini-documentary produced by the New York Times on race and Asian Americans is being criticized for its exclusion of Filipino Americans.
In a blog from E.J.R. David and published by Psychology Today, David writes:
“Uhm, I don’t think there was one Filipino on there. Wait, it’s 2016 right?! Weren’t I and many (link is external) other folks (link is external) complaining about this in the 90s? And weren’t prior generations (link is external) of Filipino Americans complaining about this marginalization before us?”
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David counted 12 people featured in the piece and he said not one appeared to be Filipino. According to the 2010 census, including those who are multi-racial, there are 3.4 million Filipinos in the United States. They are the second largest subgroup in the Asian American Pacific Islander community and comprise about 20 percent of the AAPI population.
That’s a pretty big group of people and leaving Fil-Ams out clearly brought out some old wounds that go back to the Philippine-American war–a war in which 1.4 million Filipinos were killed by U.S. soldiers and a war that is largely unacknowledged and forgotten in U.S. history. Some have gone so far as to call Filipino Americans the “forgotten Asian Americans.”
You can read much more about this invisibility in Psychology Today.
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