By Jose Garcia
August 28, 2008
Not only Filipinos in Ketchikan, or other Alaskan cities, but
the entire country where Filipinos conglomerate; having been,
and mostly in cities where the onslaught of Filipinos have ekked
their living to fuse themselves in the American Dream, there
is still that old tradition of crab mentality embedded in the
sinews of their sublimal instincts.
Observations direct from the 4th largest Alaska city of Ketchikan,
80% of the Filipinos are contented in just working and earning
through hard jobs, keeping their money for relatives back home,
dreams of getting them to the city to effect the old family tradition
of unification. Not all!
Competing against the only Safeway, Walmart and McDonalds, the
so-called "Mom and Pop" stores owned by Filipinos and
some capitalization comes from the mainstays of natives or whites,
either on a "quid pro quo" status, but as part of the
economic investment profile.
As long as products sold within these Mom and Pop stores, restaurants,
money transmittal schemes, internet services, phone cards, their
agenda is a James Bondish style of "Live or Let Die."
But wary to say, Filipinos surely lived a superb life in Ketchikan.
Naught to say, not only earning their hard earned money in fish
processing enterpreneurship, the Yearly Dividends allocated to
all Alaskan residents gave these Filipinos to come to their roots
year end and year round - vacating their leased condo's, rooms,
rented/acquired residences- for a mardi gras of being with relations
in the Philippines.
But, these 90% are contented with being residents only, or dual
citizenship if ever have acquired US Naturalization processes.
The nostalgia mostly are derived from cable connections to the
But there are Filipinos in the "ningas cogon" stages
that can be seen and defy the nature of economics where the lack
of gambling, or even distribution of drugs along the line, have
heaved a sort of respite for unemployed Filipinos under their
own family tree tradition.
Defying present laws, others have gotten away with it. Other's
have eavesdrop on political namesakes to lessen the pressure,
or inhibiting security investigation by law enforcement agencies.
Others are kept mum because of an ongoing investigation.
Filipinos are secured in Ketchikan! But is Ketchikan secured
Received August 22, 2008 -
Published August 28, 2008
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