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#1 Kang

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 01:15 PM

I wonder how many Filipinos are even aware of the issue?

Al Jazeera features Amerasian documentary.

Interview with filmmaker

http://stream.aljaze...gotten-children

Amerasians are people of US parentage but denied their birthright. It is an issue that the government has swept under the rag for more than 100 years and virtually not cared and often LEFT OUT and IGNORED about by most "immigration reform" groups.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 01:29 PM

I wonder how many Filipinos are even aware of the issue?

Al Jazeera features Amerasian documentary.

Interview with filmmaker

http://stream.aljaze...gotten-children

Amerasians are people of US parentage but denied their birthright. It is an issue that the government has swept under the rag for more than 100 years and virtually not cared and often LEFT OUT and IGNORED about by most "immigration reform" groups.


It should be easy to explain in a sentence or two what birthright has been denied to them. Not a big deal, but it is good courtesy to do this. I don't watch videos or read links if people are not going to spare the time to summarize what is in them.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:05 PM

i am watching it now
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:42 PM

Same thing after Korea and Viet Nam. It's a sad situation and I don't think there are any precedents set since DNA testing has evolved. I was stationed at Clark AFB in 1977 and we were accutely aware of the situation even then. I think Filipinos are more aware of their relationship with the U.S.A. than the rest of us are.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:06 PM

That really is a sad situation for the sons and daughters left behind suffering from this stigma. Dark skin is an issue in the Philippines, it is
one thing to be a dark skin native Filipino, but you get a double whamy if you have darker skin and physical features because your father is black.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:40 PM

http://www.leftbytheship.com/home.html

anyone knows if this documentary film is available in any movie store?
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:56 AM

Was expecting negative replies (since that is what I almost get when raising this).

Anyway, even in the Philippines people are not aware of the situation, not unless they are from Angeles or Olongapo.

The documentary is a *bit* stereotypical. Well, I guess, too generalized (and implies that black fathers were the only one who left their children but there are people who have Asian, Hispanic, and White fathers) but the intention is well. Just ignore the anti-US rhetoric of some "interviewees". The directors though do not mean to put the blame. Only the Filipino "crew" who are usually affiliated with the Philippine Communists but that is beside the point.

Anyway, some history. When the aftermath of the Vietnam war, there were concerns about the Amerasians. So the US Congress passed a law granting Vietnamese Amerasians pass to the US (greencard, not citizenship) without having their fathers claiming them (they just have to look "mixed"). There countries included in the law: Korea, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia. In the original draft, the Philippines and Japan were included. In the final draft, they were excluded. No one really knows why. Some say, it is because Japan and the Philippine were not "war zones". But so was Thailand. Like Thailand, Japan and the Philippines served as "staging points". Refugees were processed in the Philippines and the wounded treated there.

To add more irony, when the US processed the fleeing Amerasians from Vietnam, they were sent to the Philippines for processing and orientation. But just on the other side of the hill where Vietnamese Amerasians were processed and oriented, are the abandoned Filipino Amerasians.

As I mentioned earlier, it is easy to lump these kids as children of "whores" and one night stands. But listening to their individual stories, many Filipino Amerasians do seem to have wealth of information on their fathers. A good number even know their SSN. Some just lost communication (one has to consider that the only half reliable communication to the Philippines was through mail) -- no internet that time and landline phones were not really that ubitiquos. In some cases it is the fathers searching for their children.

Say that a communication is established between the child and the father and the father wants to child to live with him, the route is not easy as the Vietnamese Amerasians had it. Since many Amerasians are over 18 and over 21, it is almost impossible to pass citizenship to them. Or even derivative if they are born after November 1986. Add to that, some states to not "legitimize" (a requirement for those born after 1986). Of course, the father can file for I-130 but for a child over 21, it takes more than 10 years to even get a visa interview.

@Sweetpink: I believe the DVD is available at Amazon for $20.


On the light side of the issue:



Someone here mentioned about discrimination about the black Amerasians. There is a lot of truth to what you said on being dark skinned and what more if one has a black father. Although some who have white fathers do not escape racial epithets like "ghost" and "half baked"

Edited by Kang, 13 October 2011 - 08:59 AM.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 09:10 AM

I want to say though that the Amerasians issue is just part of a bigger issue. If you notice, there is a difference on residency requirements when a US father wants to pass his citizenship vs having a US mother. This issue has been brought to the SCOTUS and nothing much happened. Miller vs Albright, Nguyen vs INS, and Flores Villar.

In 1993, some activists filed a case against the US Navy (I don't understand their fascination for the Navy to the point they forgot there was also a big airforce base called Clark) and asked for $68. Bad move, totally blew up the chances to ask for recognition. But it wasn't a surprise. The "crusade" was lead by an Irish priest in Olongapo who has been acting as the "savior" of Filipino (white man's burden?) with pedophilia charges against him. How I wish they asked for recognition than money. Former President Ramos and former Olongapo Mayor Gordon were for recognition over money but the "activists" really blew it.
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 11:21 AM

P.S.: I do have a copy of the film in my hard drive. I can upload it if you want, but can you suggest a good hosting file for videos? Saves you $20 for those who are curious to watch
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 11:26 AM

An Amerasian is a person born in Asia, to a US Citizen father (Military or Civilian Employee) and an Asian mother. Several countries have significant populations of Amerasians, including the islands that dot the Pacific Ocean. These countries include Japan (Okinawa), Thailand (Phuket and Pattaya Beach), South Korea, the former South Vietnam, and most notably, the Philippines, where the biggest U.S. air and naval bases outside the U.S. mainland were situated. Amerasians in the Philippines - Since 1898, when the U.S. first colonized the Philippines, there have been as many as 21 U.S. bases and 100,000 U.S. military personnel stationed there. The bases closed in 1992 leaving behind thousands of Amerasian children. There are more or less 52,000 Amerasians scattered throughout the Philippines. The majority of the children have been abandoned by their American fathers. Unlike their counterparts in other countries, American-Asians, or Amerasians, in the Philippines remain impoverished and neglected. Many Amerasians have experienced some form of abuse and even domestic violence. Racial, gender and class discrimination that Amerasian children and youth suffer from strangers, peers, classmates and teachers. Black Amerasians seem to suffer more from racial and class discrimination than their white counterparts. White female Amerasians are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment. Amerasian came about as a result of Public Law 97-359, enacted by the 97th Congress of the United States on October 22, 1982, but sadly, Philippines and Japan were not included. Today, year 2011, Amerasians still yearn for recognition from the US government. A long deprived birthright to become US citizens or the option to reunite with their American parents in the US without restrictions. We have American blood. Why not us? Why only them? Is a child fathered by a US citizen from Japan or The Philippines any less deserving of US citizenship than a child fathered by a US citizen in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand?
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HELPED AMERASIAN CASES as of 10/14/2011
1. Jennifer Mosby
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
2. Bernadette Palmer
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
3. Raymond Vess Montepio
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
4. Noemi Therese Julio & Lokelani Jade Dela Rosa (Twins) - Ross
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
5. Arvy Serafin
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
6. Agatha Christy Kinnebrew Murao
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased) & relatives located.
7. Andrea Alonte - Craft
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found
8. Anthony Zulu - Hodge
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased) & relatives located.
9. Dianne Brickner
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication was established.
10. EHdz Quintana
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
11. Emmanuel Drewery
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), relatives located, & communication established.
12. Emmie Quinsay
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
13. Helen Theresa Martin
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), relatives located, & communication established.
14. James William Lado Barrios
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
15. John Thompson
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
16. Joseph Raynell
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
17. Lannie Ayo - Casto
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
18. Louis Dimalanta
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
19. Mark Cortez
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
20. Melissa Ann Collins
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Half siblings, Mother, & Father found & communication established.
21. Ronnie R. Mcdaniel
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
22. Roland Victor
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
23. Sheena Purnell
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
24. Stephen Fears
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
25. Stephen Roy Fulgueras - Trucke
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found
26. Terry Silauso - Evans
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
27. Harvie Lee (Harven Steve P. Heft)
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
28. Cynthia Teberio - Ziniel
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication established.
29. Pepito Jay Montemor
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
30. Cathy R Christian
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
31. Scalf Donald Esplana
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
32. Joseph Mains (Jonathan Garbida)
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
33. Joseph Garcia - Wohlford
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & communication was established.
34. Raquel Sapp
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
35. Janice Paullete Sapp
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
36. Rose Colot Ware Cruz
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), relatives located, & communication established.
37. Karen Ann Edrosolo - Cardiel
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
38. Ashley Marie Childress Thornton
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
39. Janeth Coburn
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
40. Rebecca Willis
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
41. Kathy Shelton
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
42. Dave Rich
STATUS: Case solved but half pending
REMARKS: Father located but has an unlisted address.
43. James Christopher Arcangel - Buckley
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
44. Granvel Taylor
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
45. Sharon King
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
46. Thomas Baduria Lambert Jr
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
47. Africa Gina Louise Liberato - Jackson
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
48. Jennifer Andrade Biancalani
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
49. Willy Wehr Stevenson
STATUS: Case solved/half pending
REMARKS: Father found (deceased)
50. Reginald Ace Gaddy
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
51. Josephine Erolin - Oaks
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
52. Knellzone Ochon - Cannafax
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), & relatives located.
53. Eduard Laurence Sanders Jr
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
54. Cecil Carless Roach
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55. Wilson Reyes - Eddines (deceased)
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
56. Donnie Houston Pinkston
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), & relatives located.
57. Shawn Meyne
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
58. Lawrence E Saunders
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
59. Timothy George Barrazona - Harasti
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
60. Cliff Rogers - Atkins
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found.
61. James Michael Feliminiano - Beauchesne
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
62. Danielle Aragon - Pattaway
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
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64. Zhee Dinsmore
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REMARKS: Father found (deceased), & relatives located.
65. Angelika Smith
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REMARKS: Father found (deceased)
67. Jeffrey Bennett
STATUS: Case solved
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68. Earlynn Lawrence
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69. Rachelle Pantujan - Frascatore
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
70. Jay-ar Clark
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
71. Mark Anthony Reyes - Greenleaf
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
72. Eugenio Ceguerra - Head
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
73. Steven Kyle Carter
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
74. Henrico Munoz Rucker
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
75. Jonathan Sebusa - Hartwell
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
76. Jenelyn Peroy - Romine (Nitzelyn Peroi)
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
77. Jhonly Oquin - Anthony
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
78. Louis Tolentino - Franklin
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
79. Jammaica Bitonio - Steele
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
80. Myrel Bascao - Finley
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
81. Jeanette Colocado - Sherline
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
82. Christine Narcissus Williams
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased)
83. Jennifer P. Catulong - Rooks
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
84. Stephanie Jill - Hazel
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
85. Christopher Westbrook - Kleb
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Adoptive father found & relatives located.
86. Jeffrey Graves
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found (deceased), & relatives located.
87. Shirley Colleen Boucher
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
88. Roxannie Suter
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
89. Arthur Simmons
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
90. Teresa Marie Mercado - Knowles
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
91. Chrisha Biffle
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
92. Freddie Cabael "Derf" - White
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
93. Mervyn Owens
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
94. Lizeth Sarmiento - Egerton
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
95. Sean Steven Anthony Cross
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
96. Michael Garcia - Bauer
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
97. Lenires "Leni" Jones Jr.
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found
98. John Matthew Whitfield
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
99. Pamela Jane Pretta - Shurbutt
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found, relatives located, & communication established.
100. Orville Gillum JR
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
101. Georgia Scott David
STATUS: Case solved
REMARKS: Father found & relatives located.
&
OTHERS: Still pending[/font]

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:21 PM

I would venture to say most Americans dont even know of the Amerasian plight. Europeans know more of this issue than Americans, my daughter and I was in a documentary about the forgotten children of the GIs, it aired on TV in Germany but not the US.


I was in the US Navy and I had a daughter born in 1975 in the Philippines. Her mother allowed me to see my daughter 3 times before she went into hiding with my daughter. She was afraid I would bring my daughter to the US and leave her there.

I looked for my daughter for 27 years and I finally found her the day before she turned 30 years old. I went to visit her in 2005 and thats when I found out about the nightmare that is called US immigration .

I applied to get my daughter US citizenship and was denied, I then tried to get her a tourist visa and was again denied. They probably figured she wouldnt have returned to the Philippines.

So now I have a daughter, her husband and 6 grandchildren that I will probably never see again because of my age and health.

That is why I started doing these online petitions too, perhaps I can help a lot of people in similar situations. Would you please read and sign my petition and pass it on to your friends and family, thanks.

You can view and sign the petition here:

http://wh.gov/g0d




Related Websites
Would you please view the videos?
http://goaruna.com/s/lWggctzG - Left By The Ship 1_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/gYYoCA0Y - Left By The Ship 2_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/hxTN8XYV - Left By The Ship 3_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/w0yks6IS - Left By The Ship 4_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/Ze231BEW - Left By The Ship 5_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/d4djOAJf - Pinky and Dad 9 min. 32 sec._xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/mcucIlJK - Amerasian Day March 5th 2011_xvid.avi



http://www.amerasian...y.yolasite.com/

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Website at www.leftbytheship.com


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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:26 PM

http://www.leftbytheship.com/home.html

anyone knows if this documentary film is available in any movie store?


Would you please view the videos?
http://goaruna.com/s/lWggctzG - Left By The Ship 1_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/gYYoCA0Y - Left By The Ship 2_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/hxTN8XYV - Left By The Ship 3_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/w0yks6IS - Left By The Ship 4_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/Ze231BEW - Left By The Ship 5_xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/d4djOAJf - Pinky and Dad 9 min. 32 sec._xvid.avi
http://goaruna.com/s/mcucIlJK - Amerasian Day March 5th 2011_xvid.avi


You can view and sign the petition to help Amerasians here:

http://wh.gov/g0d
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:30 PM

Most are not children of prostitutes, when many of our service members were stationed for many months or years at one American military base in Japan or the Philippines.
The majority of the children were born out of committed long term relationships
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:42 PM

Wow, I was aware of the AmerAsian situation... I thought...

I knew there was a law in place to help with reunification after Vietnam but I had no idea it excluded Japanese and Filipino children.
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:55 PM

Bob,
In the original draft, the two excluded groups WERE included. In the Final draft, they were excluded. No one knows exactly why. Though most common "reasoning" is that they weren't "war zones" (but so was Thailand).

I will try to find a copy of it. I saw one in the web but I didn't save it.
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