Month: June 2020

Episode 120 – Fil Am Allyship in the Black Lives Matter Movement (Social Distance Series)

The murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others at the hands of the police department has ignited outrage all around the world and once again, exposed the deep wounds of racism and inequality in the United States. While it’s easy to dismiss this unrest as somehow “outside” of the Filipino American community, it is impossible to ignore our role.

As Filipino Americans, we are certainly complicit to racism in the United States.  How many folks in our community make snide remarks about Black people?  How many Filipino parents send their children to private school because too many Black or Latinos attend the local public schools?  How many 2nd and 3rd generation adopt African American culture without paying homage to its founders or giving back to the Black community?

Filipinx for Black Lives

One of the calls from Black Lives Matter leaders is to help educate our own communities on how we perpetuate and reinforce anti-Blackness.  In this TFAL episode, we have an intra-community discussion on anti-Black racism in our communities and in our society.  We speak to long-time community advocates Kimmy Maniquis and Kalaya’an Mendoza.  Listen as we discuss how the Black Lives Matter Movement is important to all Filipino Americans, how we can talk to our friends and family who aren’t supportive of anti-racism, and how to support the Movement in multiple ways.

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Here is the video we referenced in the podcast about Kalaya’an, his faith, and talking with a Catholic priest:

Episode 119 – The Social Distance Series: Mental Health in times of Quarantine with Alyssa Lia Mancao

 

Early in the TFAL podcast journey we discussed therapy and mental health in Episode 2. As time has progressed the TFAL community has asked to continue the discussion around mental health. In this episode the TFAL crew has a conversation with Alyssa Lia Mancao, a therapist based out of Sherman Oaks, CA, who also goes by Lia. She specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and Inner Child healing.

When quarantine began the concern over the physical toll of quarantine was not the only health crisis that was addressed. Mental health became a major concern for many due to  the increase of isolation. The CDC posted these guidelines on how to manage stress and anxiety under quarantine. The TFAL crew and Lia discuss her journey from a social worker in the justice system to her own private practice. Lia shares how therapy practices have changed because of the global pandemic and offers coping strategies like ‘Name it to tame it’ as a way of handling stress and anxiety. The conversation also delves into how mental health can manifest physically through somatic symptoms. 

Lastly, at the time of the recording several actions were taking place across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless Black Americans. The TFAL crew and Lia briefly discuss ways to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement and how to be allies in our communities. More info on Lia’s personal practice can be found here: Alyssa Marie Wellness. Follow Lia on instagram: @alyssamariewellness

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What has your mental health journey been like during quarantine? What coping mechanisms have worked for you? Let us know by emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL.