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Names of Successful Filipino Entrepreneur document sample
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Bustos 1 Keoni Bustos English 100 BK Mrs. Erpelo 4-26-10 Final Draft 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 Bustos 2 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 happen. 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 Bustos 3 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 Bustos 4 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.” Bustos 5 Works-Cited Vergara, Benito Manalo. Pinoy Capital: the Filipino Nation in Daly City. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2009. Print. 1898 In. "Filipino Immigration to the U.S." LotsOfEssays .com - Over 32,000 Essays, Term Papers and Book Reports Available for Instant Access!! Web. 06 May 2010. <http://www.lotsofessays.com/viewpaper/1703398.html>.
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