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Fighting from a DistanceHow Filipino Exiles Helped Topple a Dictator$
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Jose V. Fuentecilla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037580

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037580.001.0001

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The Big Divide

The Big Divide

Differences Hindering Unity

(p.21) Chapter 4 The Big Divide
Fighting from a Distance

Jose V. Fuentecilla

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details challenges faced by political exiles in reaching out to Filipino immigrants to the U.S. Between 1960 and 1970, the Filipino population in the U.S. nearly doubled to 343,000. Two-thirds of that additional population consisted of new immigrants, and that was the segment whose hearts and minds the political exiles struggled mightily to win over. They would soon find out that there was no such thing as a typical Filipino immigrant; as a result, minor and major differences among the newcomers would influence their organizing goals and strategies. The exiles faced an ever-expanding challenge: reaching out to a far more dispersed, and more numerous, group. Add to their numbers the Filipinos who entered as nonimmigrants, estimated by the INS at more than 400,000 visitors each year between 1965 and 1974. They brought with them their own perceptions of martial law back home that they communicated to the immigrants.

Keywords:   Filipinos, immigrants, nonimmigrants, anti-martial law activists, anti-Marcos groups, exiles

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