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Manong Generation Research Paper

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Here in the United states the Manong generation is considered to be the “first wave of Filipino Americans.” The Manongs started arriving here in the United States in the beginning of the 20th century. The U. S Immigration Act of 1924, which barred Asian (primarily Chinese and Japanese) immigration, caused West Coast farmers and canneries to turn to Filipinos as a valuable alternate source of labor. Manongs were mostly able-bodied younger men who were specifically targeted for their work ethic and for being a cheap source of manual labor. They were encouraged and lured in by the Americans with promises of prosperity and a better life. Many of them were eager to come to America to make a living and to support their families back home. They had
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