Homebound by Yen Espiritu Chapters 7-8 . Sherry Flores, Christina Ching, Alex Vo. CHAPTER 7 "We Don't Sleep Around Like White Girls Do". Divergence from the slanderish remarks about sexuality of racialized women Define what is an "American"
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"immigrant women, particularly young daughters, are expected to comply with male-defined criteria of what constitutes "ideal" feminine virtues...Filipino immigrant parents police their daughters' behaviors in order to safeguard their sexual innocence and irginity...as the designated 'keepers of the culture,' immigrant women and their behavior come under intensive scrutiny from both men and women of their own groups and from U.S. born Americans.” (167)
“When we arrived in San Diego in 1976, I attended Montgomery High School in South San Diego. I was happy to be there because I saw many Filipino faces that reminded me of home…To my surprise, I offended many Filipinos because I was an “FOB”—“fresh off the boat.” I was ridiculed because my accent reminded them of their parents. It was their shame coming out at my expense. I was a reminder of the image they hate, part of themselves. The overt racism from the Filipino Americans broke my heart….So I had very few Filipino friends in high school, not because I didn’t want to be friends with them, but because they didn’t want to be friends with somebody who was their own but not really theirs.” (183)
“Basically, it was so much going back and forth that sometimes I lost myself. What the hell are these Filipinos doing? What the hell are these white people doing? So I was bouncing back and forth, and in trying to understand, I got caught up in a lot of things….Since I wasn’t a part of either group, I didn’t quite fit in either model. I got really lost and I got involved in alcohol, drugs, and gangs. I just got into it, basically trying to understand what didn’t really make much sense” (192)