thisfilipinoamericanlife

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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Episode 3.5 – Is it more fun in the Philippines?

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…

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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,…

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Episode 2.5 – Hilaw Pa!

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…

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Episode 2 – Therapy and Mental Health

Hello again TFAL listeners! Hopefully you’ve had the chance to check out our mini-episode on Filipino names.  If not, check it out here! And now we are proud to present to you our 2nd full episode:  Therapy and Mental Health.  Extra special thanks to Ernie Tamayo for being our second podcast guest, and for sharing…

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Episode 1.5 – Filipino Names

Thanks everyone for listening!  The response to our first episode has been tremendous, and we’re excited to ramp things up and start putting out more episodes. Episode 1.5 is a “mini-episode” (hence the “.5”), a quick take that was done sort of spur of the moment and is shorter and looser than one of our more “traditional” shows….

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Our very first episode – Filipino Parents!

Here is our first podcast episode about Filipino parents.  Elaine, Joe, and Ryan first introduce themselves and then discuss what it’s like growing up with Filipino parents.  We then interview our guests, Glenda Gamboa and Joel Quizon, and ask what it’s like to raise their son, Kamayo.  Take a listen and hilarity will ensue.  Lesson from the episode, “Abstinence!”…

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