In 1913, the US government imposed a law on the Asian Americans prohibiting them from getting citizenship or any kind of ownership of land. Post World War II, the law was put to dust as the immigrants started to possess the lands they had lived for the past several decades. This led to the development of current places in US such as the China Town, Indian markets, etc. where people from Asia had illegally occupied it first and later on the US were forced to legalize it for them.
The images and status of the Asians rooted into the American culture in the early 1700’s itself. People had kept the Asians at high respect. But, the twentieth century wars changed their image altogether. Post World War II people started looking at the Asians and Japanese in particular, as if they are the enemies trying to destroy them. The status totally changed and racial discrimination started growing into the culture of Americans.
The Battle of Baatan proved as a decisive point in American Filipino relations. Almost 76000 of the Filipinos and American troops surrendered to the Japan army and later this surrender went on to rewrite the fate of Filipinos living in US. People started accepting Filipinos as one of them. The First Filipino infantry regiment showcased the Filipinos valor and bravery and helped the future Filipino generations to get recruited in the army. The Second Filipino infantry regiment was an aftermath of the success of the first regiment and later on both the regiments were combined to form the third. The soldiers who fought for the American democracy were considered as valiant soldiers of the WWII and treated as same in future. As a result, these valiant soldiers who fought during WWII became natural citizens of the country. Later on, as an agreement between Philippines and Americans, other Filipinos were given citizenship by 1949.