Filipino American culture and traditions: an exploratory study

Filipino Americans are the second largest immigrant population in the United States, yet there is very limited literature on their culture and development. This study explored the definition of culture and the process of cultural transmissions among Filipino American generations. The study also examined the specific cultural traditions and practices that are valued and have remained intact in the Filipino American culture. A qualitative research design was used to conduct in-depth interviews with ten Filipino American second-generation and older participants. A major finding showed that participants defined culture as a combination of components relating to individuals’ ethnic and familial ancestry, where family was a major aspect describing how traditions and or practices were defined, interpreted and passed on among generations. The findings also displayed what are the most valued traditions and or practices among the Filipino American population. Respect, language and the significance of the family emerged as traditions and or values that are treasured and which participants hoped will be continued on by future generations. The findings of this study suggest the need for a more in-depth understanding of how language and family dynamics impact Filipino American culture. Social workers also need to be educated on Filipino American traditions and or practices in order to embrace being culturally competent and find more accommodating ways to engage Filipino American clients. An abstract must be submitted as part of the thesis.