Filipino Amerasians – America’s Forgotten Children

Under U.S. President McKinley, the United States took possession of the Philippines, and took responsibility of The Philippines. U.S. servicemen fathered children with Filipino women and then…
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The Many (Forgotten) Faces of America
When the US naval bases in the Philippines closed in 1992, the military left behind thousands of Amerasian children. Since the closings, American presence still exists and -contrary to initial estimate of 52,000 – it is now estimated that there are 250,000 Amerasian children, ranging from newborn to geriatric, abandoned in the Philippines. These Amerasians are acutely vulnerable, particularly to human trafficking, and painfully stigmatized. They live in abject poverty, forcing them to continue the cycle of marginalized sub-existence and prostitution.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army between 1921-23. I wonder if I have any aunts, uncles, or cousins that I know nothing about. These are American children.

In 1982, the United States Congress voted to grant U.S. citizenship to Amerasians from Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and other Asian countries, in what was known as the Amerasian Homecoming Act. Although the Philippines has been a United States ally for more than a century, Filipino (and Japanese) offspring of soldiers were not included: they must be claimed by their former American G.I. fathers if they wish to claim their U.S. citizenship.

Even if I were to find family, in the Philippines, I can’t bring them home.

Written by Dale Meitzler

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Successful Surgery is Now Behind Me

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My readers haven’t heard much from me in the last month. That is because I’ve been dealing with torn bicep and rotator cuff tendons in my right shoulder. In November I found that I had issues with my right shoulder that went far beyond its just being sore. An MRI revealed that I had torn my bicep completely loose from where it would normally attach, and I had severe damage to my rotator cuff all the way around my right shoulder. I wrote a bit about this on November 10 – seems like just yesterday!

I was scheduled for surgery on December 18 at 7:30 am. Dr. Hung, here in Puyallup, Washington, did the arthroscopic surgery, making 4 small incisions. Through those four tiny holes he removed a bone spur, scraped the bone clean, inserted 4 anchors into the bone, and reattached the tendons. I was home before noon.

Since surgery, I’ve done a lot of resting – and am just now starting to get back to work. My problem is that most of my work involves typing – which I couldn’t do at all for a couple weeks, I can now type for an hour or so before I have to give my arm a rest for a while. I still cannot move my right arm. Passive movement is okay. I can pick up my right arm with my left hand and set it on the desk where I can type. It’s awkward, but it works – kinda’. I have about 3 weeks to go before I can begin to actively build my strength back in my arm – just about the time I leave for RootsTech!

Being down for all this time has given me a lot of time to think… As you all know, I’ve been attempting to get my priorities straight the last couple years. I’ve made great progress in that area, but still have a ways to go. I’ve realized that I have much to do on my family’s genealogy before I kick that proverbial bucket – and I’d better get on with it. Expect to see my writing include a lot more on my own research, and the preservation thereof than you’ve seen in the past. But that’s for another time…