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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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Second-Generation Filipino American Faithful

Second-Generation Filipino American Faithful

Are They “Praying and Sending”?

(p.156) Chapter 8 Second-Generation Filipino American Faithful
Sustaining Faith Traditions

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how Filipino Americans “filipinize” their Catholic religiosity through performing particular types of ministry and charity, particularly the act of sending balikbayan boxes back to relatives in the Philippines. At the same time, the church helps to reinforce and pass on Filipino values, such as utang na loob (debt of gratitude), and bayanihan (mutual cooperation for the common good). The chapter shows how the second generation continues the practice of remitting balikbayan, with 40% of them sending goods back to their parents' homeland. Institutions such as Catholic universities, parachurch organizations, and student groups also provide the infrastructure and space to develop filipinized Catholicism. These acts of religious institutions and structures merging with ethnic values and transnational connections help nurture and promote ethnoreligion.

Keywords:   Filipino Americans, Catholic religiosity, balikbayan boxes, Filipino values, utang na loob, bayanihan, Filipinized Catholicism

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