Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pinoy Pod 20

The Forgotten Amerasians

More than 50,000 Filipino Amerasians fathered by military men stationed at former U.S. military bases in the Philippines are the "forgotten Amerasians." Only about 10 percent have proper documentation to prove their citizenship, but most do not have the money or the support of their fathers to come to the United States.

This week's edition of Pinoy Pod looks at the Philippine Children's Fund of America, which has helped 11 Filipino Amerasians come to the United States since 2005. The Sacramento nonprofit organization provides airfare, housing and job training for a year to help the new immigrants settle in their new home.

Chronicle reporter Cicero A. Estrella speaks with the group's founder, Erik Gomez, and recently-arrived Amerasians Tracy Young, Christopher Smith and Sydney Lee Lucas, whose training in the American way of life includes learning English and the proper use of crosswalks.



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