Most of us have some ounce of Filipino pride. “Successes” by other Filipinos such as Bruno Mars, Jordan Clarkson, and Catriona Gray become “successes” for us. Because Filipinos are constantly rendered invisible in the Western world, we tend to internalize these victories as our own. But what happens when fellow Filipinos do something “embarrassing”? Countless incidents in our past – Pacquiao’s anti-LGBT comments, Filipino divers, the 1992 Philippine Little League Team, Marcos, Duterte, etc. – have cause an unwanted spotlight on us.
In this TFAL episode, we discuss those moments that make Filipinos and Filipino Americans feel “not so proud.” How do we feel about it? How do we handle it? Does our pride remain incognito, then emerge when something goes right? Are we simply out for global recognition rather than internal legitimation? What does this tell us about “Filipino Pride” (nationalism) in the diaspora at its root? Why is representing an entire Filipino nation our cross to bear? We explore some of these questions and more in this latest episode.
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