Before delving into the involvement of Filipino Americans in popular culture, it is imperative to know why were involved in the community. In the Philippines, it is a very collectivist society, meaning that it is a group-oriented culture. In Sikolobiyang Pilipino, or Filipino Psychology, there are four values that apply to the culture. The first value, kapwa, or fellow being, is when everyone has a feeling of togetherness. It is very specific to Filipinos because it denotes that Filipinos are associated with each other interpersonally, spiritually, and emotionally. Kapwa could be applied to family members, friends, acquaintances, or even strangers. This is why Filipino Americans have a strong connection when they are meeting other Filipino Americans for the first time in public whereabouts. They may even have a conversation as if they have known each other for a long time. The second value, utang ng loob, or debt of reciprocity, illustrat...
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...popular culture has enabled them to have a sense of community, especially for the youth. Although they were involved in gangs, it helped them gain a sense of belonging with others who are Filipinos as well. Gangs gave them a sense of identity, and they had the Pinoy Pride associated with them. DJing also gave them a chance to give them a sense of identity and they were able to perform for others without being ridiculed. Reality shows give Filipino Americans the chance to show their talent to others outside of their culture, and usually they get support from the Filipino communities all over the United States. Once they successful in the reality shows, they get the chance to perform in the Philippines where they are also supported, and they can even become a global Filipino like the famous celebrities. Popular culture is truly something that will never cease to exist.
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