Month: January 2021

Episode 135 – Purge Towards New Beginnings (Social Distance Series)

New Year.

Covid’s still here.

Let’s start purging and clear…

The energy for 2021.

We all know that 2020 was a roller coaster that we were happy to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight, and goodbye to that wretched year. Within the first week of 2021, we faced an attempted coup attempt and more Covid deaths, especially in our community. As the new year gets going it feels like it’s time to purge the emotional and physical weight of 2020.

In this episode, the TFAL crew with special guest/featured player Kat Carrido Bonds talk about the New Year’s tradition of cleaning the house to start the year anew, and the reasons folks hoard and purge around this time of year. The crew shares their experiences growing up with family who have a tendency of keeping everything and the reasons why they cannot let go.

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How do you handle New Year’s cleaning?  Who are you dedicating this year to?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!

 

Episode 134 – Philippine Archaeology and the Ifugao Rice Terraces with Stephen Acabado (Social Distance Series)

Did you know that the Banaue Rice Terraces are actually only approximately 200-300 years old hundred years old, and not 2,000 years old as many people believe?  Did you know that the “Wave Migrations” theory of the people-ing of the Philippines has no archaeological basis and is fundamentally racist? Some of these Philippine nationalist narratives have been passed down for generations, including to many Filipino Americans.  However, many of these narratives are myths, clouding our knowledge of our history and our identities as Filipinos and Filipino Americans.  Indeed, the more we uncover about our history, the more complicated it becomes.

In this TFAL episode, Joe interviews Professor Stephen Acabado, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and how his work complicates common narratives in Philippine history.  Professor Acabado takes the time to discuss how Indiana Jones inspired his career as an archaeologist, his research in the Ifugao region and the proper aging of the famed Rice Terraces, the various ways the Ifugao people used the building of the Rice Terraces to resist Spanish colonialism, and the role archaeologists must play in honoring and working with the communities they study. He also gives us his quick take on the ongoing controversy of Christianized Filipinos consuming and appropriating the cultures of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines.  For those interested in Philippine history, you won’t want to miss this episode.

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For a brief visual explanation of the old Kiyyangan village discussed in the episode, which illustrates how the Ifugao peoples resisted Spanish colonialism through the construction of the Rice Terraces, check out this video:

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