In his second book Vanishing Filipino Americans: the Bridge Generation, Peter Jamero documents the experiences and contributions of second generation Filipino-Americans in hopes to address a significant void in the history of Filipinos in America.Â The population of Filipinos in the United States today is estimated to exceed two million, second only to Chinese among Asian Americans.Â Â However, the documentation of Filipino history in America is largely limited to the experiences of the pioneer Manong Generation that immigrated to the United States during theÂ early 1900s.
The Manong Generationâ€™s secondÂ generation children â€“ the Bridge Generation â€“ are now in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.Â Â Despite going through similar experiences and hardships as their parents, the literature contains virtually nothing of the Bridge Generationâ€™s life in America.
Vanishing Filipino Americans: the Bridge GenerationÂ takes you through their growing up years, their maturation as participants in Filipino youth clubs that seemingly were in every West Coast community, their development of a unique subculture; their civic participation; and their triumphs and struggles in assimilating into Americaâ€™s workforce. For more on Peter Jamero’s work, click here. Â (Salamat Christine)