Episode 162 – Estatue, Filipino America? A Memorial-able Discussion about Filipino American Monuments

Monuments, statues, street signs, plaques, memorials, murals.  Our communities are filled with tributes to the people, places, and things that hold some sort of significance to the people who live there, and this holds true in past and present Filipino Communities throughout America.  Jose Rizal Bridge, Larry Itliong Village, and the upcoming gateway arch in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown are all signifiers of the impact of Filipinos here and abroad… and yet, do people outside of our community understand the significance?  Are we properly honoring these moments in our history and educating people about them?  Are there people and moments that we should be recognizing, but haven’t yet?

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1 comment on “Episode 162 – Estatue, Filipino America? A Memorial-able Discussion about Filipino American Monuments

  1. mmmmike says:

    I wish they’d put up Andres Bonifacio monuments, plaques, put his name on streets & bridges too, in HiFi or SOMEWHERE in the US too at the very least! not to mention at least a few of the other heroes & revolutionaries too, not always just our famous little buddy here lol.

    but actually if I really had a choice I get what Ryan’s saying, I wouldn’t really be for just plain “people memorials”, individual statues, etc. either; if Bonifacio isn’t to have monuments abroad, neither, really, should Rizal or others. That always is very vulnerable to idolatry and what Renato Constantino called “veneration without understanding”. Like, with the example above, I’ve seen him described as a “national meme”—and that basically “we remember the meme, not the man”.

    (PS I think he was rather Sinophobic for one and contributed to crude stereotypes of Chinese in the PH, at least according to this article): https://sg.news.yahoo.com/news/blogs/the-inbox/national-hero-not-fan-china-144644955.html

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