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Treasured Children

treasured childrenThey didn't have any children so we were their little pets; we were very, very spoiled. Julia Richards quote.The “bridge generation” comprises of “children born in America by ‌the end of 1945 to at least one Filipino parent who immigrated to the United States during the early 1900s” (Peter Jamero). They grew up as Americans who witnessed the harsh treatment of Filipino migrants. This American-born generation was raised with and spoiled by many manongs or “uncles,” a term of endearment for older Filipino men who were not necessarily biological relatives.Outside P.I. Marketcollage of Filipino American childrenMargie Talaugon in front of Lompoc Filipino American mural(Above) Top right: Courtesy of Lucille Lor. Bottom left: Pat Edar and dolls, 1939. Courtesy of Ronald Edar. Bottom right: Leornas and Pantoja families with Nory Carlon at christening, 1945. Courtesy of Patricia Armero. Left: Some of bridge generation Filipino Americans embraced the role as culture bearers and caretakers of the history of the manongs. Margie Talaugon is a long time community activist and advocate. She is pictured here (right) in front of the Filipino American heritage mural in Lompoc, CA, during the mural’s dedication on March 5, 2006. Courtesy of Joe and Margie Talaugon.collage of Filipino American children

(Above) Top row: Courtesy of Lucille Lor. Bottom left:  Courtesy of Lucille Lor. Bottom right: From left: Felipe Betita, Guillermo Betita, Sal Reyes, Clemente Susvilla, Joe Pelaez. As Felipe’s wife, Aida explains, these men "really treasured" Sal because he was the first child among them that was born in the U.S. Courtesy of Juliet Betita.

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