September 29, 2011

First National Study launched to understand experiences of Filipino-Canadian youth

September 29, 2011

Were you one of those kids in school wondering where the Filipinos and Filipino-Canadians were in your Canadian textbooks? Did you continue to wonder the same thing when you grew into an adult?

The reality is is that across Canada, Filipino-Canadians have not gained the same attention as other immigrant groups. Now, a team of community partners and researchers wants to understand how we're doing because national statistics say we're not doing so well.

Filipino-Canadian youth struggle to finish high school and university. We also appear to struggle with underemployment as we enter the workforce. Do you agree? You now FINALLY have a say.

ANAK is urging Winnipeggers to spread the word about the Filipino Youth Transitions in Canada survey at http://fytic.edudata.ca/ . It is important that Winnipeg is represented in this first-ever national study on Filipino-Canadian youth.

FYTiC was developed in Toronto by York University professor, Dr. Philip Kelly, and the Community Alliance for Social Justice. It is ta...king place in 4 cities across Canada (Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver). In Winnipeg, ANAK is partnering as research collaborator.

We want to find out:

- if our Filipino-Canadian identity has any impact on our economic opportunities;
- if our parents`employment success shapes our own opportunities in the future; and
- if being a `successful`Filipino-Canadian is a matter of where you live in Canada.

Each city represents its own unique Filipino-Canadian story. So, we need you to tell us about you (and all your barkada).

Participate in the FYTiC survey at http://www.fytic.edudata.ca/ , if you are:

- Filipino-Canadian (with one or both parents of Filipino heritage)
- over 18 years of age (there is no maximum age)
- born in Canada or immigrated before the age of 13

This project is based on interviews with key informants, focus groups, and surveys.


For more info visit FYTiC's webpage at http://www.yorku.ca/ycar/fytic

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