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Episode 5.5 – On Filipino Accents

Is mimicking Filipino accents an offensive act?  Do Fil Ams make fun of immigrants because they attempt to be American?  Is it OK when non-Filipinos imitate the accent?  When is it “all in good fun”?

We understand the propensity of mimicking Filipino accents by many Filipino Americans stems largely from their class and cultural privilege in the United States, but can it possibly come from anything else?  Of course, we don’t have all of the answers, but we get a dialogue going here in this mini-episode.  Have a listen!

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Bonus Episode – Elections Special

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Election Day in the United States is coming up on November 8 (November 28, if you’re voting for Trump)!  Listen to this special bonus episode where we discuss the upcoming presidential election, Trump’s appeal to some Filipino Americans, stories from our GOTV efforts, and an extended conversation about current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.  Even Joe’s partner and #1 TFAL fan, Gerlie, joins the conversation.  Enjoy…and just remember, “He’s already dead!!”

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If you’re interested in getting more involved in the national effort to get Filipino Americans to vote in the electoral process, check out KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress.

Episode 5 – Back to School: Filipinos in Higher Education

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Back to School: Filipinos & Higher Education. A conversation about Pilipino Studies w/Ivy Dulay Daulo & Kevin Casasola. On this episode we share our personal college experiences and the role of Pilipino Studies and Asian American Studies has played in our lives. Special thanks to Ivy Dulay Daulo for sharing about her experiences as an instructor at California State University Long Beach and to Kevin Casasola for sharing about his experiences as a student at University of California, Los Angeles.

 

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Side note: Color Your Troubles Away has been rescheduled since we recorded this show. It is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th, 7-9pm at POT Lobby Bar at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

The “Sawing Kit” Follow Up

Thank you for everyone’s response to Episode 4.5 The Bakit List. The comments on Ryan’s “Sawing Kit” story have been hilarious. img_9005-1

TFAL listener and friend RoseAnne messaged me after we posted “The Bakit List” with this hilarious story. She heard her two adorable daughters yelling “I want cookies! I want cookies!” RoseAnne’s dad opened the cookie tin to reveal not a “sawing kit” but RICE! Her dad fills up these cookie tins with rice and sends them to the Philippines.

And for folks who ask (like I did), “Why is he sending rice to the Philippines?,” that could be another future TFAL episode. In the provinces where crops are exported out of the country, items like rice are expensive and poor quality, so folks in the States have to send  rice to their family back home.

TFAL graphic designer Vince sent these videos of his son Mikey opening up cookie tins and boxes that my aunt keeps in her house. Mikey has the same reaction as RoseAnne’s kids “I WANT COOKIES!” Sorry Mikey. It’s NEVER COOKIES!!!

As Joe pointed out, Filipinos do this because it’s smart. It’s a way of recycling a container. Yet, I agree with something Vince said to me over text: “No sewing kits. Just hoarding kits”

What else have you found in cookie tins? Let us know! Tweet us @TFALpodcast. Comment on the This Filipino American Life Facebook page. Rate, review, and subscribe to us on iTunes here!

 

Episode 4.5 – The Bakit List!

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Bakit /ˈbaːkit/ is a Tagalog word that means, “Why.”  Join the TFAL team while we go through our “Bakit List” of questions such as:
  • Why do Filipino Catholics have so many Santo Niños?
  • Why do our parents cover our couches and tables in plastic?  or
  • Why do we love canned goods so much?
Keep listening to find out what Producer Mike’s favorite canned food is!
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If you have any other questions for our “Bakit List,” email us or leave a comment below!

Bonus Episode – Disco Manila

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Last August 13, 2016, Joel Quizon (a guest from the first TFAL episode) and Rani de Leon produced an unforgettable show featuring the music of Filipino 70s disco.  We had our mics out there to capture some of the sounds of that night.  Enjoy!

Here is some video footage from the show as well:

To read the impetus of how this show came to life, check out Super Astig Blog’s interview with the co-producer of Disco Manila, Joel Quizon.

P.S. Good luck to Joel Quizon as he takes Disco Manila to Abu Dhabi on October 6!!

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TFAL crew @ Disco Manila. Ryan, Elaine, Producer Mike, and Joe

Episode 4 – Tropical Renditions: A Conversation with Prof. Christine Balance on Philippine and Filipino American Music

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What music influenced you in your life?  How have Filipinos influenced popular music?  How have Filipinos and Filipino Americans challenged and continue to challenge preconceived notions of their musical culture?  In this episode, we talk to UC Irvine professor Dr. Christine Balance and her partner Gary Gabisan about Christine’s new book Tropical Renditions.  In our conversation, we explore various Philippine and Filipino American music scenes from Philippine indie rock to showtunes to OPM, and, of course, karaoke.  We even bust out singing an old school Catholic church hymn!  Take a listen (or “disobedient listen,” if you will)!

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Grab a copy of Christine’s brilliant book, Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America, here.

Gary Gabisan is also part of the Filipino martial arts group, Los Angeles Doce Pares.  Check out some of their classes here.

Finally, check out Christine and Gary’s awesome Super Astig Blog, a blog dedicated to all things super astig!

NOTE: This Episode is preceded by a recording producer Mike made for the “Songs We Carry,” a joint project of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, The Music Center Los Angeles, and Christine and Gary’s Super Astig Blog.  You can listen to the entire project here.

NOTE #2: This is Joe.  In the episode, I ask about the racialization of music.  I had actually meant the racial segregation of music (which perhaps confused our guests), but couldn’t articulate it right then and there.  Mea culpa.

Episode 3.5 – Is it more fun in the Philippines?

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In this mini episode, the TFAL crew and Vincent Collyer, TFAL graphic designer, talk about their experiences traveling to the Philippines, and how crazy it is that Elaine has never set foot on Philippine soil. Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Is it time for Elaine to make the journey to the motherland?  Let us know with an email or comment.

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Producer Mike, Elaine, Ryan, Graphic Designer Vincent Collyer, and Joe

 

Episode 3 – Filipino American Gangs in SoCal: Where are you from and where are you now?

In this episode, we explore the history of Filipino American gangs in Southern California with Dave, a local expert on the subject. Growing up in Los Angeles in the 80’s and 90’s was a different time.  The political landscape was different and teen life was difficult for Filipino immigrants who were searching for protection, identity, or perhaps something to do.  How did Filipino American gangs form?  What was the lifestyle like?  Are they still around?  Dave takes us on a journey to answer these questions and much more. We hope you take a listen to get a glimpse of what it was like for those who grew up around what was most worrisome to Filipino American parents during those turbulent years.
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For some more background on Filipino/Asian gangs in Southern California, here are some news articles:

For a comprehensive study on Filipino American gangs, particularly Satanas (STS), read Bangele Alsaybar’s Ph.D. dissertation, “Youth Groups and Youth Savers: Gangs, Crews, and the Rise of Filipino American Youth Culture in Los Angeles,” as mentioned in the podcast.  (Available through Proquest.  If you don’t have access to Proquest, feel free to email us to see how you can get a copy). Alsaybar also published a portion of his study in Amerasia Journal, which can be accessed here.

Finally, here are links to two non-profit organizations that concerned community members established to curb gang violence in the Filipino community, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans in Los Angeles and United Playaz in San Francisco.

[Correction]

Elaine here. Color Your Troubles Away is on Thursday, July 28th. I had the wrong date when we recorded the podcast!

 

Episode 2.5 – Hilaw Pa!

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Hilaw Pa, or Still Raw, is the topic of this podcast mini-episode.  Listen to the #TFAL crew as they discuss random half-baked ideas from dinuguan breadbowls to ice cream freeway vendors.  If you have a crazy idea that you are dying to get out there in the world, but will probably never pursue, feel free to email us or leave a comment.

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