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Beyond Yellow EnglishToward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America$
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Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327359.001.0001

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“Talk about Luck”

“Talk about Luck”

Coherence, Contingency, Character, and Class in the Life Stories of Filipino Canadians in Toronto

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Beyond Yellow English

Bonnie McElhinny

Valerie Damasco

Shirley Yeung

Angela F. De Ocampo

Monina Febria

Christianne Collantes

Jason Salonga

Oxford University Press

For many immigrants to Canada, including Filipino Canadian immigrants, a discontinuous narrative about one's professional life is the norm; many immigrants end up working in jobs different than those for which they were trained in their homeland. In this chapter, we undertake a study of life stories told by Filipino Canadians, with particular attention paid to the ways in which they talk about their work histories, and with particular attention to what constitutes coherence for these speakers. What constitutes ‘continuous’ work experiences, ‘agency', and ‘adequate’ explanations of interest in a particular job are often different for immigrants than for native‐born middle class speakers.

Keywords:   life history, life story, immigration, Filipinos, Canada, work

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