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The Filipino Family in Canada
Category: Culture

The Filipino Family in Canada

Facts about the Traditional Filipino Family

  • Equalitarian between husband and wife
  • Authoritarian – whether patriarchal or matriarchal, adults rule
  • Extended – includes all relatives of the father and mother
  • In addition to blood ties there are relationships through ritual kinships
  • Christian since majority of Filipinos are Christian
  • Based on church marriage and monogamy as its foundations
  • Marriage is often within one’s social class, religion or locality grouping
  • Functions as a social, economic, educational, religious, recreational and political unit
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Progress of Filipino Businesses in Canada – from accidental to seasoned entrepreneurs
Category: Business

Progress of Filipino Businesses in Canada – from accidental to seasoned entrepreneurs

Most Filipino entrepreneurs in Canada did not immigrate specifically to engage in business. In the 2006 survey in connection with our study of Filipinos in Canada, only 2.7 percent of 514 respondents had business experience before arriving in Canada. Many of the early Filipino businessmen then started out as “accidental entrepreneurs”. They saw business opportunities and pursued them in typical bahala na fashion (let’s see what happens).

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Young Canadian Filipinos create individual identities
Category: Commentary

Young Canadian Filipinos create individual identities

Among Filipinos in Canada today, there are two distinct groups that will eventually become the face of Canadian Filipinos of the future: Filipinos who arrived young in Canada with their immigrant parents and grew up here (1.5 generation), and those who were born and raised in Canada to Filipino parents (second generation).

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For most 1.5 generation Canadian Filipinos, the best of two worlds
Category: Commentary

For most 1.5 generation Canadian Filipinos, the best of two worlds

When my wife Eleanor and I were writing our book Seeking a Better Life Abroad (Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2008) based on her study of Filipinos in Canada from 1957 to 2007, we were impressed by the potential of the 1.5 generation we interviewed. They were so called because they arrived as young children and grew up in Canada, thus were halfway between the first and second generations. The first wave of 1.5 generation were children of middle class professionals who came as landed immigrants in the 1960s to 1970s. They went to good schools in the Philippines and had no trouble adjusting to the Canadian system of education.They lived in a Filipino home imbibing Philippine culture, values and tradition, while growing up socialized in Canada’s diverse society. When asked how they saw themselves in Canada, they were unanimous in saying: “We are proud of our Filipino heritage but also appreciate what Canada has given us.”

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