Theatre Essay

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Growing up, I found myself always trying to meet my parent’s expectations. It has never really become clear to me as to why I must meet these expectations until recent events. My parents immigrated to America from the Philippines before me and my brothers were born. Because my parents had me and my sibling’s right after coming to America, they never had the opportunity to go to school in order to achieve a better career. As a result, they were obligated to work at lower paying jobs to support our family. After watching the movie “The Debut,” I found myself relating to the main character; searching for a place in America as a Filipino American.
In the movie, the main character Ben Mercado, wants to pursue his dream of becoming an artist and enrolls in an art institute. His strict father Roland, is an immigrant who works as a postal worker and he always expects out of his children. Ben and his father have many conflicts throughout the movie but a major one is the disagreement on Ben’s career. Roland does not approve of his son pursuing his artist dream and insists he become a doctor. Everything begins to change during Ben’s sister’s debut (Filipino tradition of a woman reaching womanhood at the age of 18). Everything begins to clash as Ben tries to find out his true identity; from his choice of friends, his family, and even his own culture. During that one night, Ben soon realizes how important his culture and family are.
I am the second child to go to college, my father did not attend college, and my mother went to college in the Philippines; however the college standards aren’t the same as it is in the United States. As a result, I’ve had to struggle throughout my life since I couldn’t get much help from my parents. At times, my parents and I had a difficult time trying to communicate with each other since their ethics would clash with my Americanized self. Everything drastically declined when I reached high school because the work I received was above their level of comprehension and as a result, I...

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