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!