I’m Ashamed Because I’m Filipino-American and Don’t Feel Accepted by Filipinos

I just read a really good article by Russell Sabio titled “I’m Ashamed Because I Don’t Know What It Means To Be Filipino” (https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/22/filipino-shame_a_22583312/) and I really connected with his thoughts and observations. I’m a 2nd generation Filipino-American, born in the Philippines and raised in the United States. However, I feel my experiences being a pure Filipino growing up in the Midwest of the USA is somewhat of an inversion of Russell’s experience. Let me explain where my own feelings of shame originate.

Me when I was a toddler in the Philippines
My mom, dad, sister, and I in the mid 80’s dressed in our folk dance costumes