Not White Enough, Not Filipino Enough
The use of race has overtime been used to discriminate several Americans be it in the ordinary life both, social life and the employment market. Jack receives a promotion because everybody thinks he is Italian. The young Mestiza journey is really tumultuous because she is not white enough and therefore not American enough to live a decent rewarding and humane living away from racial discrimination.
When a situation comes when you would rather not identify with your race, it brings to the fore the desperate nature of the Mestiza girl and how cruel life can be when you are thought not to be of the right race. How bad can a society when gender is used to determine the suitability of a person to a certain job. Racial discrimination in the America is very unfortunate. Several mixed race people like the Mestiza have to struggle at times even passing off as a while or the right race to make it in life.
The racially discriminated cannot even access good schools that easily compared to their white counterparts. The problem of racial discrimination is worse in families where women of mixed race are married to the right race. The husbands discriminate upon the women and treat them with disdain. The women are treated like se objects. They are seen to be at fault because they are either people of color, Asians or Filipinos. The white enough have been conditioned over time by media and other forms of social instruments that third word women are only good as sexual objects.
The Mestiza experiences this first hand when the father who passes of as a white due to his appearance and blue eyes, treats her mother cruelly. The father does this because the mother is more Filipino and therefore serves him right because of her beauty and as a sex object. At most times the education and the backgrounds does not matter as long as the race is a dictating factor. The Mestiza is determined and tries to beat all odds to succeed. She sought education and leadership to emancipate the Filipino-American community from discrimination in their own land.
The Mestiza struggles in school to beat all odds by exploiting her immense talents in sport and this is in the effort to beat racism and reclaim her position as a human being and not as a woman or Filipino. At the Stanford, she uses the opportunities as a leader and fights hard for her Filipino race for fair treatment at the west coast. Most times women tend to resign to how the society views them and many give up on the way to the retarded perceptions. The Mestiza is determined.
In her efforts to emancipate her people from racial discrimination, she joins different organizations which sole aim is to highlight the plight of the Filipino. The cultural events she helped organize, encourages the Filipino display the rich culture that if beneficial to all American races. Other races are able to appreciate the cultural diversity and use it to end racial discrimination. The Filipinos are also able to come out and be counted on their abilities.
With the difficulties faced because of sex, gender and other demeaning forms of discrimination, the Mestiza works hard to establish her personal dignity and unique abilities together with that of other Filipino Americans
De Jesus, Melinda L, ED. Piney Power: Theorizing Filipino/ American Experience (New York : Routledge, 2005)