The Filipino American community is lacking a strong sense of ethnic identity and cultural power because of the underlying rivalries between internal groups. Whether the issue is economic class, birthplace, spoken language, physical appearance, or the spelling of an ethnic identifier, the behavior to generalize and draw boundaries – factionalism – is what truly prevents Filipino Americans from unifying as a strong and powerful collective group.
Originally published in El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal, translated by Leon Ma. Guerrero. The glory of saving a country cannot be given to one who has contributed to its ruin. You believed that what crime and iniquity had stained and deformed, more crime and more iniquity could cleanse and redeem. This was error. [...]