Research

Hyper-selectivity and U.S.-born Filipino underachievement

Brenda is currently completing her dissertation, which examines why, among the largest Asian populations, U.S.-born Filipino Americans are the only group to experience an educational decline in the second-generation and are the least likely to graduate from college. Drawing on a five-year intensive ethnographic study of Filipino families in the New York City area, as well as an analysis of Add Health and ACS data, she shows how how U.S. colonialism, Filipino culture, and racialization in schools have differentially shaped Filipino youth’s occupational aspirations vis-a-vis East Asians so that they ultimately produce Filipino educational disadvantages.

Intermarriage and Second-Generation Filipino Americans

Brenda conducted a study on inter-ethnically and interracially married Filipino Americans in New York City. Drawing on twenty-two interviews with second-generation Filipino Americans, I explored if, how, and to what extent racial and ethnic boundaries are blurred among the Filipino participants and their partners, their families, and their co-ethnics.

She was interviewed  about this project on Adem Carroll’s WBAI 99.5 program, “War on Immigrants.”  The interview can be heard by clicking here.

Her article, “Changing racial boundaries and mixed unions: the case of second-generation Filipino Americans”, which was based on this study, was recently published in Ethnic and Racial Studies.  You can access it by going to this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1164879

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