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Episode 6.5 – Gambling

TFAL Co-Host Elaine at Harrah’s in New Orleans. May the odds be forever in your favor! Maybe you find a slot machine’s bright colors and sounds entertaining, or perhaps you cherish the time you spend with friends on your way to a casino in a free air conditioned bus, or maybe even more simply, it…

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Episode 6 – Post-Election Special

November 8th was arguably one of the most bizarre, most talked about, most Twittered, Facebooked, criticized, fact checked, US presidential elections in history. The results of the election continues to be questioned as Democrats and perhaps some Republicans alike try to make sense of what happened. President-elect Donald Trump’s win (I just threw up a…

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TFAL Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for Thanksgiving. The special time of year where your family tells you you’ve gained weight, but then tries to feed you more food. The time of year when you look at the turkey and wish it was lechon. Some of us do not have to wish it was lechon because there…

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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…

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Bonus Episode – Elections Special

  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…

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Episode 5 – Back to School: Filipinos in Higher Education

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…

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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.  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…

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Episode 4.5 – The Bakit List!

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…

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Bonus Episode – Disco Manila

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…

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

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,…

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