thisfilipinoamericanlife

FilAm Creations

FilAm Creative, a Filipino American network of artists in Film and TV, highlight storytelling by Filipino Americans at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this year. This program features two short films with a TFAL connection! Producer Mike grew up with filmmaker Rommel Andaya. Rommel has two films featured in the FilAm Creations program “What…

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Bronzeville Little Tokyo

  Form follows Function continues it’s collaboration with Visual Communications with Bronzeville Little Tokyo. This project highlights history that has been overlooked; the time Japanese and Japanese Americans were put in internment camps and African Americans moved into Little Tokyo. This program consists of projection mapping, a new animated VR piece, and live music. Events are…

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Episode 11 – Undocumented Filipinos

As Filipino Americans, we all know or know of someone in our lives who is undocumented.  That one uncle who left his family in the Philippines.  That one auntie who’s always “fixing her papers.”  That one friend who doesn’t leave the house very often.  According to various statistical computations, Filipinos who are undocumented in the…

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Shorts to Catch

As a former features programmer I always thought the shorts programmers did so much more work. We would screen 250-300 films. Shorts programmers would screen 550-600 films! And then they would create thematic programs based on what they’d seen. These four short programs run the gamut of 90s nostalgia, highlight the process of memory, use…

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Episode 10.5 – TV Party

On this mini episode we talk TV! What were your favorite TV shows growing up? As 80s babies we rehash our love of Saturday morning cartoons, Saved By The Bell, and A-Team. Do you remember Ernie Reyes Jr on Sidekicks? Or are you a fan of TJ Perkins on WWE? What would a Filipino American…

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Episode 10 – Filipinos in the Nursing Industry

Are you a nurse?  Do you know someone or are you related to someone in the nursing field? (Hahaha…of course you do!).  Ever wonder why there are so many Filipino nurses in the United States? The statistics are astonishing.  According to Aaron Terrazas and Jeanne Batalova from the Migrant Policy Institute, nearly one of every…

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Episode 9.5 – Hilaw Pa 2.0…or Siri Is Too Serious

Is there a use for Filipino American holiday?  Is there a way to accommodate bigger and bigger family parties?  Is there a better way to transport stuff to loved ones in the Philippines?  Why, yes, of course!!! The TFAL crew answers all these questions and more in their second installment of Hilaw Pa where we…

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Episode 9 – Love Life of An Asian Guy

On this episode of This Filipino American Life, the TFAL crew talks about their experiences with blogging. Blogspot, Xanga, Livejournal and countless other internet sites were the home to our early 00s thoughts and terrible spoken word poetry.  In this new era of blogging, Facebook has become the home of writing down these thoughts. One…

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Episode 8.5 – Slow Jamz

Play another slow jam, this time make it sweet…a slow jam. Many Filipino Americans love slow jamz, that sweet, loving, largely African American-composed music that dominated late nights on urban radio stations during the 1980s and 1990s.  They made slow jam mix tapes and gave it to girls, they sang them on karaoke, there were…

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Episode 8 – Did you eat yet?: A Conversation with Filipino Kitchen

Nakakaon ka na ba?  Kumain na kayo?  Nangan kan?  Did you eat yet? Ah yes…the question your parents/grandparents/family members ask you as you walk in the door.  Among Filipinos, it’s a more common way to say hello. Food is perhaps the most innate thing that makes us human.  It keeps us alive.  It comforts us. …

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