INFERIORITY COMPLEX SUSPENSION 

As a Result of Colonization
TAAS NOO / HEAD HELD HIGH 


DID YOU KNOW?
As a result of foreign dominance and colonization for over 300 years, Filipinos began to fully internalize the trauma of war and the denigration of their culture, leading them to believe that they were truly inferior or lower in status to anyone who is not Filipino. This mentality continues to be passed on from generation to generation; a recent study shows that many Filipinos possess colonial debt, which is indebtedness to colonizers for “saving” and bringing civilization to Filipinos.

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THE EFFECT

Filipinos are the second-largest Asian group in the United States, yet are considered an invisible minority and are negatively referred to as the “Little Brown Brothers.”

The homogenization of Filipinos into the Asian category can be problematic because their struggles with colonization are especially unique; this underrepresentation leads to racist attacks, and furthermore, feelings of shame and denial of one’s ethnicity.




Morente, Desmond R. Deconstructing the Colonial Mentality and Ethnic Identity of Filipinos: An Exploratory Study of Second Generation Filipinos. 2015.
Decena, Ashley M., "Identity, colonial mentality, and decolonizing the mind : exploring narratives and examining mental health implications for Filipino Americans" (2014). Theses, Dissertations, and Projects. 769.