Do you still mano po? Do you still call your siblings ate/kuya or manang/manong/ading? Do you know the recipes that your grandparents used in their cooking? Do you miss the local Filipino restaurant or store that no longer exists? Do you wear barongs or baro’t saya? What markers of Filipino culture do you still preserve in your family and community?
As Filipino Americans, many cultural practices that many of us grew up with may be slowly fading away. Some may completely vanish, but others may still be preserved. Many practices may even take on new forms, yet keep the same meaning behind them. Change is inevitable in this fast-paced world, but what cultural practices get preserved in our community and why? In this episode, the TFAL crew discusses some cultural practices that our parents and grandparents may have passed on to us, but are slowly changing due to the realities of living in the United States.
What aspects of Filipino culture have faded away? What aspects do you still practice? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL (8325) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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