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Migration of the Filipinos to America comes in different stages and in various entry points. Positive effects of migration include the economic upliftment and well-being of the next generations. Aiming at the exploration of perspectives and the determination of career choices and homeland connections, this paper deals with the second-generation Filipino Americans in Hawaii. As used in this study, the second-generation Filipino Americans refer to the United States (US)-born children of the first-generation parents, who were Philippine-born immigrants. Based on qualitative approaches, findings show that the second-generation Filipino Americans speak English as a first language and possess zero or limited proficiency and fluency in heritage languages. Yet, they maintain connection to the homeland, identify themselves as Filipinos, learn their heritage languages and culture, and participate in Filipino activities in the community. The findings also show that they value education and have started shifting to the study of non-allied health degrees. In short, the second-generation Filipino Americans are still Filipinos at heart and mind but whose future considerations are towards America, their home.
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