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ABSTRACT from the workshop held at the Filipino American National Historical Society 10th Biennial National Conference, July 23, 2004, Friday, Session Six, 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., University of Missouri - St Louis campus, Millennium Student Center, Room 315.


The 1.5 Generation: The Development of the Filipino American.


Estrella R. Alamar, Andy Gaston, Ron Salazar and Dan Vivencio


        In the annals of Filipino migration to the United States, one unique feature of the post-1965 migration is the large number of families that include a sizeable number who were born in the Philippines but raised in the United States. From this "1.5 Generation" has sprung the genesis of ideas and notions regarding the modern Filipino American identity in America. In this panel discussion, young Filipino Americans from the 1.5 generation in different parts of the United States will relate their stories of being raised Filipino in American Society. Among the topics for discussion are: making accommodation with their two cultures and resolving conflicting cultural values, the role of "-isms" in the formation of Filipino-American identity, the nature of common Filipino-American identity if there is one, and attitudes/experiences with new Filipino immigrants and the older generations of Filipinos in the United States.


Estrella R. Alamar

        Estrella R. Alamar is the founding president of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago (FAHSC), co-founder of the FAHSC Museum, a trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society and a past board member and present volunteer at Hyde Park Historical Society. She taught for 30 years at Chicago's McKay Elementary School. She is the co-author of a book entitled, "Filipinos in Chicago." Since retiring, she has devoted her time to preserving the history of Chicago's Filipino Americans.


Anton Andre A. Gaston

        Andy, 26, immigrated in 1991 from the Philippines, which means he lived 13 years in the Philippines and 13 years in the U.S. He started contributing to the Filipino-American community with Pintig in 1994. He has been credited in acting roles in three major productions (Talaarawan ni Lola, Scenes of an Unfinished Country 1905/1995. and Bells of Balanggiga). For the past few years, he has also been credited for facilitating a number of cultural identity and history workshops throughout the United States. In 1996, he then contributed his philanthropic passions in AAYO (Asian-American Youth Organization) where he was part of the executive core. Together with other Asian-American youth leaders in Chicago, he helped organize three summer conferences. He continues to volunteer his time, commitment, and passions in the community. Organizations that have benefited from his efforts include the Philippines Consulate of Chicago, PAPAI, Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Ensemble, Samahang Kapatid, CIRCA, Mindinao Youth, and many more. He is also an avid adventurer and world traveler.


Ronald Salazar

        Ronal Salazar is the Planning Coordinator for the Mayor's Office of Special Events in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Architecture. His studies in urban design prepared him for the experiences he gained working at the Chicago Park District Office of Research and Planning. He designed new parks for the City of Chicago which led to his interest in Daniel Burnham.


Daniel P. Vivencio. M.D.

        Dr. Dan Vevencio was born in the Philippines but came to Chicago at the age of three and was raised in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. He has completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Since 1995, Dr. Vivencio has been an attending physician in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. He is an active member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital and is a clinical instructor at the Department of Medicine of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is also the Executive Director and Medical Director of the Mercy Family Health Center, a community health center serving the diverse population of Chicago's Near South Side neighborhood, as well as the Chairman of the Board of St. Basil's Health Service, the Free Peoples' Clinic, the oldest free health clinic in Chicago. Along with involvement with clinical research studies and numerous professional organizations, Dr. Vicencio is also a member of the Board of Filipino American Network, an organization of young Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the Chicago area.


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