Finding a home for Filipino-American dual citizens: membership and the Filipino national identity
In 2003, the Philippines passed R.A. 9225, the Dual Citizenship law, which states that Filipinos who became naturalized citizens of another country could retain their Filipino citizenship. It also grants citizens who lost their Filipino citizenship through naturalization in a foreign country the opportunity to re-acquire their Filipino citizenship. This move garnered positive and negative reactions in the Philippines because ultimately, the matter boils down to a question of belonging and loyalty. What does it mean to be a dual citizen and call two places home? Is it even possible to establish a secure place of belonging in more than one culture, society, and political government? The purpose of this thesis was to look at the nature of how and why dual citizens participate with the Philippines, how the Filipinos in the Philippines react to them and answer this question of whether or not dual citizens really belong to the Philippines. More specifically, it examined: (1) what kinds of connections dual citizens are making to the Philippines and what role technology plays in facilitating these connections, (2) how dual citizens fit into Filipino television culture in the form of the Filipino Channel (TFC), and (3) to what degree dual citizens invest and participate in Filipino politics. By looking at dual citizens' participation with the Philippines in the three areas of community, culture, and politics, the strengths and weaknesses of dual citizens' connection to the Philippines become evident. The government has carved out a space for dual citizens in the nation by granting them national citizenship, and dual citizens feel that they are an integral part of the Philippines since they are able to sustain strong kinship bonds through technology. However, representations in the Filipino culture and political reactions of Filipinos in the Philippines suggest that dual citizens lack secure, validated cultural citizenship, since the authenticity of their claim to the Philippines is always in question. Thus, dual citizens' place in the Philippine nation is not as secure as they may wish it to be, as dual citizens constantly negotiate membership and belonging with the Filipinos in the Philippines.
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