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August 03, 2008


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Hmmm, and now the extremely high SES of Filipino-Americans is quite clear. It's also happened in Hawaii as well. Notionally, I think the immigrant stream shifted from blue collar to white collar in the late 70s/ early 80s, though many of the older blue collar immigrants are still around and working. You don't see any Filipinos younger than 40 working as kitchen or cleaning staff, unless they own the place. You can even see the shift in migration patterns at fast food resturants. The manager and assistant manager are usually older immigrant Filipinos or Chinese who mostly manage a staff of Micronesians.

How's the brain drain hurting the Philipines?

Finally found the passage your post-title reminds me of. This is from Peter Mayle's French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew (2001). Edited to add: crap, I don't know how to do italics in comments.

Bruno asked, "Still pretending to write? What is it this time?"

I told him I was doing research for a book that would include sections on fairs and festivals connected with food and drink, the more unusual the better.

"Ah," he said, "festivals. Well, there's a good one down here, as long as you don't mind a little bare flesh. The fete des nanas. Girls, my friend, girls. Girls of all ages, many of them wearing not much more than a handkerchief. A glorious sight on a sunny day. Better come soon, before the weather turns chilly and they put their clothes back on."

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