Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
beejay

Left by the Ship

12 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

"For nearly a century, American servicemen were stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines, and many of them fathered children with the women who lived nearby. When the base closed in 1991, hundreds of these children were left behind, stripped of their fathers and their sense of identity."

This is a 52 minute version of an 80 minute film that is available to watch on the PBS Independent Lens website until May 31st. The documentary spends most of it's time with three young adults who were either abandoned or never acknowledged by their American fathers' but the underlying question presented by the film is why the Amerasian Act has not been extended to include children born in the Philippines to American Servicemen during the time of the US Naval base in Subic Bay and presumably the unmentioned Clark Air force base.

Left by the Ship documentary

independent lens documentary website

Director website

(Unfortunately I think the video content will not be viewable outside of the US.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clearly shows the side effects of lust, protrusion and prejudice, that these young kids shoulder. Sad to say this go's on every day.

The Philippines, at some government level turns a blind eye or allows protrusion clubs to continue in the name of money, and men from all walks of life continue to seek out young lady's not just in the PI but world wide.

The sad reality of life.


'PAU' both wife and daughter in the U.S. 08/25/2009

Daughter's' CRBA Manila Embassy 08/07/2008 dual citizenship

http://crbausembassy....wordpress.com/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Vietnam suffered the same problem.


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have seen this last year (courtesy of a friend) and I have mixed feelings about the film. I appreciate it that the film makers are bring up a long forgotten issue but I do not appreciate the generalization (I have Amerasian friends whose mothers were not sex workers as the film has made out to be in the case of Amerasians and I know of some cases where the father has been looking for their children for many years). Also, the film has many factual errors. The Amerasian act did NOT grant citizenship but rather it provided PREFERENTIAL IMMIGRATION to Amerasians in other countries.

They filed a lawsuit in 1993 for $68 million. It baffles me why they sued for child support and not the amendment of the Amerasian act? Oh well, several "NGO's" cannot gain anything financially if they sue for inclusion over money, right? I am not against the inclusion of Amerasians. It's sad that some anti-US forces out there use the Amerasian issue for their own purposes rather than for genuine help for Amerasians.

I know of some Amerasians who does not like the film due to hasty generalization

http://filamerasians.blogspot.com/

Edited by Kang

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't seen the film but I will see if it is still available. My grandfather was stationed in the Philippines as a teenager and got a local pregnant. He later become a preacher, a strong man of faith. He married my grandmother and knew of the child. I understand he may have kept in touch with his daughter or her mother over the years but did not tell his own children until he was on his death bed. I think he may have been 16 when he was stationed there. I think he was young and made a mistake. I tried to find my aunt last year while in Phil but my family has not provided me any information except her age and where my grandfather was stationed. I could not find any records with my grandfather's name. The consulate was not able to help me...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to belittle the plight of the Amerasian children in the Philippines (I know when I was stationed there almost every sailor on my ship provided money to the Pearl S Buck Association because we knew of this issue), but don't forget that there are many unwed mothers and children without fathers/support right here in the US also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Of course it's sad that that their are children out there without father's and mother's. This is a worldly problem shared by every culture and society.. Very easy to argue the point that this shouldn't be directed at American's and the American Military... I will refrain unless provoked.

But I do agree that their are children out there that should not be abandoned.


27 January 2012: Mailed I-129F

03 February 2012: NOA1( e-mail & Text)

03 February 2012: Check Cashed

NO RFE'S

22 June 2012 : NOA2 (e-mail & Text)

16 July 2012: Manila Case Number(by phone)

17 July 2012: Interview paid at BPI

19 July 2012: Set interview for Mid-Aug

23-24 July 2012: Medical St. Lukes(passed)

24 July 2012: CFO Seminar(had to go next morning for landline #)- PASSED

02 Aug 2012: Received e-mail from USEM our case is there.

15 Aug 2012: Interview at USEM - APPROVED

13 SEP 2012: POE Minneapolis, MN

27 OCT 2012: Married

19 NOV 2012: AOS package sent

05 DEC 2012: NOA's I-765, I-131, I-485

14 DEC 2012: Biometrics appointment finished(Walk-in..Was scheduled Jan 04 2013)

02 FEB 2013: I-131 and I-765 Approved

07 FEB 2013: USPS Picked up the combo-card

11 FEB 2013: Received Combo-card

21 FEB 2013: Transit Visa picked up in Chicago for Japan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to belittle the plight of the Amerasian children in the Philippines (I know when I was stationed there almost every sailor on my ship provided money to the Pearl S Buck Association because we knew of this issue), but don't forget that there are many unwed mothers and children without fathers/support right here in the US also.

That is why the solution here is to extend US access to these if they can prove their fathers are US citizens. I do not agree too about tax payer support for these as what almost happened in 1993 where NGOs filed 2 $68 million against the US Navy. That is ridiculous and an NGO attempt to rip off US taxpayers. They can't rip off Phil tax payers so they do it to US taxpayers, LOL

Edited by Kang

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Let's not forget the Filipino senate voted to not extend the contract of the US to keep the base open. If they had let the US stay then this wouldn't be a problem. Don't get me wrong it's bad what happen to those kids. I'm US born and married to a Filipina and we have a daughter. I have been there many times and hate to see the street kids. I always feed them. I think the US always makes it so hard for Filipinos to come to the US. They need to find a better way. Also don't think it's fare just to say most were born by working girls or wife for rent. What about the women who actually were in love and thought they were loved back and were not working girls. I could go on and on but I won't. I just hate to see negative things said about the Philippines because I love the country so much. The govt. there is so bad and doesn't care about its people. The rich get richer an the poor get poorer. The last 2 presidents are in jail. The current president is a good person so let's hope he can fix things.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The kids had the chance to demand equality in the homecoming act back in 1993. But the Leftist NGOs in the Philippines opted to extort US taxpayers with $68 million.

Now, if they sued that the kids in the Philippines be included, that would have been better.

But think of it, what will these NGOs take if they opted for immigration preference over $68 million?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×