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Episode 13 – Filipinos and Gentrification

Apparently, cities are back. People are moving back into the inner core of cities. Coffee shops, bars, and artisanal eateries are thriving in certain neighborhoods. Millennials are ditching their cars for public transportation. Politicians are touting the brand new economy of “hipster-dom” that is reviving cities nationwide. But what do these changes mean for families…

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Bonus Episode – “The Filipino and the Drunkard”

In this short bonus episode, TFAL presents a retelling of the short story, “The Filipino and the Drunkard.”  Written in 1935 by William Saroyan, this short story tells the tale of a young Filipino who is aboard a ferry boat in 1930s San Francisco.  While waiting to go across the Bay to visit his brother,…

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Episode 12.5 – Reflections on “My Family’s Slave” and Katulong Culture

Most of us have read “My Family’s Slave” on the Atlantic, written by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon.  The article saddened us, angered us, and confused us.  What’s to make of the story of Eudocia Pulido, aka Lola, who toiled her whole life against her will and without pay for a family that wasn’t…

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Pogi Pose Picks!

TFAL loves a pogi pose as you can see by all the awesome pogi-ness below. In preparation for our Happy Birthday TFAL party we asked TFALers to send us their pogi pose. Here are the top 3 pogistas! Kid Heroes Filmmaker Patricio Ginelsa’s adorable son Logan rocking a baby pogi pose. Much love to Francis, Strela, and…

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Episode 12 – Chef’s Choice: A conversation with Chef Dale Talde

  If you’ve been listening to the show you’ll know that we love food at This Filipino American Life.  We love talking about it in our personal life, with strangers, and on the podcast.  TFAL resident reality checker Gerlie and graphic designer Vince join us for a bit as we share our favorite Filipino restaurants….

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Bonus Episode – Flip The Record with TFAL

On this bonus episode of TFAL Elaine and Producer Mike talk to director Marie Jamora, producer Jason McLagan, and actor Michael Rosete from the short film Flip the Record. The one line synopsis is: In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism. However…

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Volunteer at LAAPFF!

Need a way to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month? How about volunteering for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Visual Communications could use help for tonight, tomorrow, and especially closing night! Speaking as a former volunteer it was a great way to get involved with the community. Sign up to volunteer today: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

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Saving Sally

Saving Sally is a film that we mentioned in Episode 10.5: TV Party! This is a film that Producer Mike and I (Elaine here) had heard about a few months ago. I was crossing my fingers that this film would make it Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year. All my prayers to Santo…

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Episode 11.5 – Palo!

Photo credit: Ted Visaya Design “You want palo??” If you grew up in a Filipino household, you probably know what the word palo means. Palo, a Tagalog word that means spank, which derived from the Spanish word palo or stick (those colonizers yo!), is a form of punishment used to discipline misbehaving children. To a kid, hearing that…

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Motherland

Motherland is a feature film that we discussed at the end of Episode 10.5: TV Party. This film sounds fascinating! Check out the trailer here: Motherland. Ramona S. Diaz’s work has previously been showcased with such documentaries like Imelda and Don’t Stop Believin’: Every Man’s Journey.  Buy your tickets now! TFAL crew will be at this…

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