Month: March 2020

Episode 111 – The Social Distance Series: Live with Eugene Cordero & Mitch Narito

Continuing the California mandate of social distancing the TFAL crew hosted another virtual live podcast with special guests Eugene Cordero & Mitch Narito. Initially we meant to host our live stream on Facebook, however technical difficulties lead to us hosting on our YouTube channel. In this episode we share one thing that we have learned about ourselves this week. We also get to know first time guest Mitch Narito and learn about his journey as an actor. Rounding out the show we also check in with TFAL alum Eugene Cordero. Mitch and Eugene share about their experiences on The Good Place  which we encourage you to stream while you stay at home during this type of social distancing. If you’ve finished that series you can follow it up with tonight’s season 2 premier of Tacoma FD on TruTV. 

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What have you learned about yourself this week? Let us know by calling or texting us at (805) 394-TFAL (8325) or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 110 – The Social Distance Edition: TFAL on Facebook Live

Coronavirus is here.  We’re all required to practice social distancing.  For many of us, this type of isolation is normal, for others, not so much.  Despite these government mandates, we here at TFAL must continue, if only for our own sanity.  This past week, Elaine, Joe, Ryan, and Producer Mike came together virtually and streamed a Zoom conference call discussing our respective experiences with social distancing.  Listen as we discuss our current situations, dealing with our aging parents, adventures into grocery stores (Filipino and non-Filipino alike), strategies of maintaining mental health, and stories of xenophobic incidents aimed at Asian Americans.

The current crisis is hard on all of us, both physically with the virus and mentally with the social isolation.  It’s on all of us to help each other out.  This is our way of lightening the mood.  Through the duration of this crisis, we hope to host more online sessions, so please join us on FB Live.  Hopefully, this online version of TFAL will give you a bit of laughter and thought through these grim times.

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How are you dealing with the Coronavirus crisis and social distancing?  Let us know by calling us at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.  We’ll get through this together!

 

Episode 109 – Documenting Filipino American Stories: A Conversation with Marissa Aroy

Documentaries are essential for our community.  There are certainly a number of good films that document the Filipino and Filipino American experience – Delano Manongs, The Fall of the I-Hotel, Imelda, The Learning, Bontoc Eulogy, to name a few.  These films are so important in spreading awareness of our people’s history and culture and keeping our stories alive.  Without them, we will be further doomed to ignorance and irrelevance.  But how does one begin to make a documentary?

In this episode of TFAL, the crew interviews award-winning filmmaker, Marissa Aroy.  Listen as we discuss her journey into making film documentaries, her passion for the Filipino American community, the rise of mini-docs, and what it’s like to be a woman of color in the largely white, male film documentary industry.  The crew also talks documentaries, their favorites, and the documentary films they would make if they were actually filmmakers…and had the money!

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Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Do you have any great ideas for Filipino/Filipino American documentaries?  Let us know your thoughts, (805) 394-TFAL or thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Also, to support Marissa Aroy’s latest film project on the Philippine American War (very very needed!), go her this link here.

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