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                               Not your average Fil-Am

Today the United States is populated with a variety of ethnic groups, many of them

in search for living the “ American Dream”; becoming successful would most likely

be a common answer for an individual who migrated here. When there is that much

diversity in a single nation you know that it has impacted and released a mindset

throughout the world. In the 2000 United States census there is an estimate of

1,850,314 Filipinos living in the United States. Pinoy Capital written by Benito

Vergara gave a number of reasons why Filipinos migrated to the United States;

reasons which included material success, family obligation and a better quality of

life. [Driven by family obligation Wilma Dondoy arrived in the US. Despite the lack of

family support and her family’s crab mentality, she overcame both mental and

physical challenges; becoming a success in the US economy both by the standards of

the United States and Philippines.]

       At the age of 20 Wilma Dondoy and her six-month-old daughter came to the

United States. She married Ronaldo Dondoy and through petition she was able to

come to the United States. When she first arrived to she mentions how she felt

“lost”; but shortly after her arrival she had to adapt quickly to the change of lifestyle.

Some of the differences between Philippines and the United States include: having a

maid to make things easier, the weather, and the environment busy opposed to

relaxed. Coming to the States she envisioned herself becoming a stay-home mom
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but that vision soon disappeared, she mentions how in America typically both

husband and wife have to work in order to survive and support the family, one of

them would be able to stay home if either spouse made enough money to make that


       In the United States today a common problem within the Filipino American

Community is Crab Mentality. Crab Mentality translates literally to a pot full of crabs

without a lid, the cook wouldn’t have to worry about them escaping because as soon

as one crab tries to escape the other pulls it back down. This type of mentality is

plaguing Filipinos around the United States, think about it can you name five

Filipinos who are household names in the US mainstream? Without a doubt Crab

Mentality clearly made its mark in the Fil-Am community; in my interviewee’s case

Wilma it was no different. Not knowing the ropes of the culture and how things

were ran she listened to the words of her in-laws.

       When arriving to the United States Wilma lived in San Francisco with her

husband’s family (In-Laws). When asking for advice from her In-Laws they laid out

their expectations by saying “ the best secure job she can get was to become a CNA”.

Whether it was their intention or not, her In-Laws served as a statistic of Filipinos

carrying Crab Mentality. Instead of being blunt about what they expect, an

alternative would be to provide support/praise. In Chapter 5 of Pinoy Capital

Vergara interviews Roedel Rodis; comparing two Asian groups the Chinese and the

Japanese to Filipinos, he basically was saying reason why the Chinese and Japanese

prospered because they worked together to settle their differences. He also
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mentions “ we almost had what would be the equivalent to Filipinotown or

Manilatown, but because of fighting, that was lost here in San Francisco.” This quote

outlines Crab Mentality and how big the effect was losing what could have been

Manilatown. If Filipinos were to be able to settle their differences we might have

been able to increase the level of success by a huge margin.

      Listening to her In-Laws Wilma became a CNA after completing the

educational requirements. She thought that being in the medical field was “normal”

because many Filipinos were either nurses or CNA’s. I asked her “Why do you think

so many Filipinos are involved in the medical field?” She responded by saying “ Job

security”. Wilma followed that answer of job security for nearly 5 years until she

came to realize that being a CNA wasn’t for her, so she had to figure out what field of

career she would be passionate in.

       Wilma overcame her family’s expectations becoming a CNA by going back to

college studying “basic office work”. Back at school Wilma had an objective in her

mind and that was to become successful in here eyes. In college she studied how to

operate computers, how to type, basically everything she needed in order to work in

the office. After 6 months of attending the school promised Wilma that they’d find

her employment once she graduated and they did just that. She found herself doing

filing for a tempt agency, three months after she had been promoted to become a

receptionist. Although she admitted that she didn’t feel skilled enough to run that

position, she adapted quickly and was skilled in that particular area; Wilma had

become so good at what she did that another agency bought out her contract in
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order to hire her. Overtime she had advanced many positions and she eventually

branched out to run her own business in real estate.

       Although her In-Laws directed her in becoming a CNA and settling their

expectations of her, Wilma is thankful for that occurrence because if it weren’t for

them, she wouldn’t have had the drive to prove them wrong and become the success

she is now. Today she’s quite the entrepreneur; running her own Real Estate agency

as well being actively involved in other small businesses, her level of success in the

United States surpass the both the average Filipino American and American citizen.

The road was tough she admits, but she believes that the key to her success was to

change her mindset and focus on achieving her goal. Though she had mental and

physically challenges she needed to overcome, her goal and keeping that vision of

success really brought her far. Humble by what she has become Wilma told me

“regardless of age anyone is able to become successful the key to success is simply

visioning yourself successful and clinging to it.”
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Vergara, Benito Manalo. Pinoy Capital: the Filipino Nation in Daly City. Philadelphia:

Temple UP, 2009. Print.

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