When we think of communism in the 21st century, we think of Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Laos, and Venezuela. Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Kim Il-Sung are some of the names we associate with the emergence of communism in the early 1900s up until the 1980s. Within the context of an American education, the countries and names are forever etched in our … Continue reading 20th Century Communism in the Philippines: Why This Part of History Matters to Filipino-Americans
College graduations, particularly for first generation college students and/or immigrants, signify the new beginnings of an era and possible end to another. It is arguably the biggest step towards better opportunities and success for anyone. Contrary to jaded, graduated students, your degree is not just a piece of paper with your name on it. Your degree symbolizes that you’re ready to tackle bigger problems, create … Continue reading What College Graduations Mean to Fil-Am Families: Isang Bagsak
Any social commentary regarding cultural experience requires personal reflection and discussion, therefore the justification for this blog entry. I have always somewhat written about my unique upbringing in diaries and journals, and found that the more I wrote, the more I suddenly realized that some experiences are shared amongst Filipino-Americans specifically in the Bay Area or even abroad, and some aren’t. Those experiences and moments … Continue reading Growing up Filipino in the Bay: My Ilocano and Tagalog Upbringing
“Sophia, be somebody. Do this, and you can be somebody.” My mother sternly repeated every time she reprimanded me. As a little brown, Filipina girl growing up in East Side San Jose, my mother had always left me off with a little push, a type of parental motivation, that I still carry in my heart every day. She had always pushed me to be someone, … Continue reading Filipino American, Ako!