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Though Filipino immigrates are not as focused on or recognized as compared to other Asian ethnic groups, Filipino immigrants play an important role in shaping America. Filipino immigration occurred throughout the 1940s across different states. Because every state is different in the way it is governed, has different ratio of ethnic groups, and has different state values, the treatment and impact of Filipino immigrants in the 1940s varied from state to state. Places like Louisiana, Hawaii, California, and Alaska all encountered an influx of Filipino immigrants, but treatment, occupation, and lifestyle varied depending on the location of settlement.
In 1898, after winning the Spanish-American war, the Philippine was granted independence from Spain. This established Philippine as the first Asian republic to run under a democratic constitution. As part of the Treaty of Paris, however, this meant that Philippine was now under America’s ruling. Uproar and chaos regarding the twist in circumstances eventually led to the Philippine-American war. The lost the lives of roughly twenty thousand Filipino soldiers, two hundred thousand civilians, and one thousand Americans was a major contribution to Filipino immigration. Major Filipino legal statues like the Indian Citizenship Act, and the need for Filipino labor also caused major immigration movements.
After 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act allowed more Filipino to bring family to Hawaii. According to Ronald Takaki, author of Strangers From a Different Shore, by 1920s, the Filipino population in Hawaii consisted predominantly of male; men outnumbered women by roughly seven to one. Many of the male immigrants were unmarried and at one point represented half of the workers on the suga...

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...Unauthorized, many Filipino immigrants served as crew members on merchant and whaling ships. Because many pre-war immigrants lacked labor skills, many immigrants worked in Alaska’s salmon factories. The ratio of men to women during this time period was an astonishing fourteen to one woman. Because the Asian population in Alaska was dominant, Filipino immigrants faced little hostility. Any means of discrimination was dealt with in similar fashion as to other states: through social groups and strong cultural communities.
Though Filipino immigrants were dispersed throughout the states of America, most immigrants found relief and support within their own communities. Life and occupation may have been different in Hawaii, California, Louisiana, and Alaska, but immigrants everywhere made ends meet and grew a foundation for their families wherever they chose to call home.

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