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Episode 107 – CENSUS-maryosep 2020

Census-maryosep, Census 2020 is coming!

Historically, Filipino Americans (like many other communities of color) tend to be under-counted. In our effort to make sure our community is heard, we dedicated this mini-episode to the importance of the Census to the Filipino American community.  How does it help us?  What can Census data tell us about our lives as Filipino Americans?  How many Filipinos are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?  Find out all these answers and more on this episode!

Also, here’s a PSA targeting the Filipino American community that you can share with your friends and family:

Please note that this is not a paid-advertisement by the Census.  (We missed that funding train a while back!).  Nonetheless, we still wanted to do our part in spreading the word about this very important event!

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Episode 106 – Walang Bahay: Perspectives on Homelessness and Poverty with Andrew Gutierrez III from Safe Place for Youth

Birds-eye view a homeless encampment in San Francisco that includes many Filipino Americans. From the documentary “Box City

Homelessness is an issue that affects us all, but it’s especially felt in TFAL’s home base of Los Angeles.  Last year, thanks to a mix of housing unafforadability, stagnant wages, and the effects of past and present systemic inequities, on any given night, nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles did not have a permanent place to sleep.

And while some consider Los Angeles to be the “capital of homelessness”, its an issue that is felt even more significantly in the Philippines, where it’s estimated that 4.5 million people are homeless, 3 million of which are in Manila alone.

But how do we as Filipinos connect with this issue?  Is it a topic of discussion in our communities and families?  Are there homeless Filipino Americans?  How do we contend with  poverty, inequity, and economic crisis, both here and in the motherland, and what can we do to solve these issues?

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Throwback Episode – Filipino Ethnic Enclaves: Do They Exist? Do We Need Them?

 

Earlier this month the Los Angeles Times ran the column Here’s how HiFi, or Historic Filipinotown, got its name by Frank Shyong. In the column Frank quotes TFAL’s Joe Bernardo and mentions Episode 85 – Filipino Ethnic Enclaves: Do They Exist? Do We Need Them?

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Head to the LA Times and read the full column and then take a listen to this throwback episode of TFAL!

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

 

What are your thoughts about Frank Shyong’s column? What would your ideal Filipinotown look like? Let us know at (805) 394-TFAL (8325) or send us an email at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode 105 – TFAL meets Bruha Baddies

Ever leave flyers out and hope that it reaches someone out there? In this episode Producer Mike and Elaine learn how leaving TFAL flyers out in a Zia Records in Las Vegas inspired Jean Munson and Rose Trinidad of Bruha Baddies. Bruha Baddies is a Filipino/a/x podcast meant to create a space of healing, and discussion. Producer Mike and Elaine learn about Jean and Rose’s origin story with their activism and their podcast.

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The moment we learned our flyer got into Jean’s hands.

This episode was recorded over Veteran’s Day weekend, which was before Disney+ premiered and why we talked about Float’s upcoming release. This is also why our tough conversations with family is focuses around Thanksgiving, however the subject can apply to the Christmas season as well!

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Have a question or comment about this episode? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Daghang Salamat to Jean and Rose for being gracious hosts and providing the space to record this episode. Want to learn more about their show? Take a listen to Bruha Baddies today!

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Episode 104 – Hilaw Pa 3.0

Hilaw Pa is back with its third edition!  If you’re new to TFAL, Hilaw Pa is a recurring segment in which the TFAL crew proposes random half-baked ideas related to the Filipino Americans that should exist in this world, but someone else should make it happen.  In this edition of Hilaw Pa, the crew comes up with new ideas that every Filipino American needs, whether it’s a new Filipino fusion dish, a way to tip Filipino workers abroad, or a new air freshener for your car.  You might love our ideas or poo-poo on them, but we guarantee that you’ll laugh as much as we did.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Do you have any half-baked ideas to share?  Or do you want to execute on any of the ideas we came up with?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 103 – On Filipino American Nationalism(s) with Vicente Rafael

Many Filipinos and Filipino Americans tend to identify as such without question or sense of history of how these categories emerge historically.  In this TFAL episode, Joe speaks to his advisor and mentor in graduate school, Dr. Vicente Rafael, about the various formations and iterations of Filipino and Filipino American nationalism.  Dr. Rafael is a Professor in History at the University of Washington, and author of critical works in Philippine Studies such as Contracting Colonialism, White Love, The Promise of the Foreign, and Motherless Tongues.

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Listen as they discuss Rafael’s career as a life-long academic, the short, tenuous history of the Philippine nation, and the various social and political movements that shape Filipino life in the United States.  It was a true honor to interview one of the foremost Filipino scholars.  We hope you enjoy this podcast episode.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Have a question or comment about this episode? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 102: Coffee Talk with Joseph Zoleta of Black 6 Coffee Trading Co

What happens when a Marine combines their passion for coffee with their Veterans organized humanitarian mission non profit? In this episode the crew talks with Joseph Zoleta and learns how a humanitarian trip to the Philippines turned this marine/paramedic into an entrepreneur with Black 6 Coffee Trading Co.

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Joseph Zoleta is the President of Black 6 Project, a Veterans organized humanitarian mission non profit that harnesses the skills of Veterans for humanitarian efforts like medical missions in Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Through a humanitarian mission in the Philippines and by testing out a Backpacks For Life backpack, Joseph was able to bring back 40 pounds of Philippine grown coffee beans and Black 6 Coffee was born. The unique flavors from the Philippines grown coffees Landslide Kibungan, 8 Ball Kibungan, and Amadeo Excelsa made these roasts quite popular and they are currently sold out on the Black 6 Coffee site.

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Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

Have a question or comment about this episode? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

 

 

Episode 101: Pag-ibig – TFAL talks Romance Novels with Tif Marcelo, Mia Hopkins, Maida Malby, and Sarah Smith

During Filipino American History Month The Ripped Bodice, the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States, hosted Pag-Ibig: Celebrating Filipino Diaspora in Romantic Fiction with Tif Marcelo, Mia Hopkins, Maida Malby, Sarah Smith, hosted by Ezrah Lasolah-Tuble.

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In this episode Elaine is joined by romance novel enthusiast and best friend Ivy Barrera. Elaine and Ivy had the opportunity to talk with these amazing authors before the panel discussion. Curious about who writes these books? Want to know what it takes to be a cover model? (Hint hint: holding a mango and showing your abs helps). Take a listen and learn how everyone found this genre!

Thank you to Ripped Bodice for hosting the panel and for hosting TFAL while we recorded this episode. If you are in the Los Angeles area, specifically Culver City, stop by and tell them TFAL sent you! You can pick up the books written by these authors there!

Thrashed by Mia Hopkins

The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo

Singapore Fling by Maida Malby

Faker by Sarah Smith

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Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What are some of your favorite romance novels? Are you a part of #romanceclass? What is your favorite genre of romance? Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

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Producer Mike is ecstatic to find out he looks like a Penny Reid cover.

Episode 100 – TFAL’s 100th Episode!

We finally made it!!  After 3 1/2 years, we made it to Episode 100.  Let’s celebrate!!!

In this special episode, we look back at TFAL’s first 99 episodes.  Listen as we reminisce about some of TFAL’s greatest moments, and, of course, playback some of our bloopers that never made it on air.  What episodes are our favorites?  What moment made us laugh the most?  Why can’t Joe do commercials right?

We really never thought our podcast would grow to what it is today.  We really didn’t think we would make it to 100 episodes!  But here we are.  TFAL now has over 6,500 regular listeners all over the world!  When we started TFAL in May 2016, we just wanted a place where we could record our stories as Filipino Americans.  We wanted to make folks laugh, think, and cry, and we hope we accomplished that.  We are continually humbled by the support from our TPALs and other supporters through this journey.

We hope you enjoy this special episode.  It’s been a blast doing this, and we hope you find enjoyment in it as well.  Cheers to another 100 more episodes!

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

What were your favorite moments?  Who were your favorite guests?  What was your favorite dad joke?  Let us know by leaving us a voicemail, (805) 394-TFAL, or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

P.S. Thank you again to Leroid David for his drawing of the TFAL crew.

Episode 99 – Weaving Filipino Cultures and Communities: A Conversation with Anthill Fabric Gallery

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In this special TFAL episode, we get to know two Pinay visionaries of Anthill Fabric Gallery: Co-founder and Managing Director Anya Lim and Team Performance Coach Elisa Estrera. Anthill Fabric Gallery creates beautiful, contemporary, handmade clothing and accessories by putting culture and communities first. Headquartered in Cebu, Anthill partners with various indigenous, rural, and working class communities throughout the Philippines. By helping members of these communities sharpen their creative and business skills, strengthen family ties, pass down cultural practices, and expand the markets for their work, Anthill has created a strong ecosystem of cultural bearers, designers, business administrators, community developers, and proud weave-wearers. Through this ecosystem, Anthill cultivates sustainable living conditions for every person involved in creating and selling its products. As more “fast fashion” lines fall by the wayside, like Forever 21, we are inspired by Anthill’s approach of putting people, culture and communities first.

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Listen in as Anya and Elisa share how Anthill was founded, surprises they experienced during the beginning of the company, important lessons they’ve learned along the way, and where they see Anthill in the near future.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here or subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here. For folks who are on Spotify, you can take a listen to us here.

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While this recording took place two days before their first two pop-ups in Los Angeles, chat with them in person in San Francisco on Thursday, October 24, and in New York City on Sunday, October 27. Visit their Facebook (@AnthillFabricGallery) or Instagram (@AnthillFabric) pages for exact times and locations.

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