Episode Archives

Episode 3.5 – Is it more fun in the Philippines?

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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 know with an email or comment.

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Producer Mike, Elaine, Ryan, Graphic Designer Vincent Collyer, and Joe

 

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, or perhaps something to do.  How did Filipino American gangs form?  What was the lifestyle like?  Are they still around?  Dave takes us on a journey to answer these questions and much more. We hope you take a listen to get a glimpse of what it was like for those who grew up around what was most worrisome to Filipino American parents during those turbulent years.
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For some more background on Filipino/Asian gangs in Southern California, here are some news articles:

For a comprehensive study on Filipino American gangs, particularly Satanas (STS), read Bangele Alsaybar’s Ph.D. dissertation, “Youth Groups and Youth Savers: Gangs, Crews, and the Rise of Filipino American Youth Culture in Los Angeles,” as mentioned in the podcast.  (Available through Proquest.  If you don’t have access to Proquest, feel free to email us to see how you can get a copy). Alsaybar also published a portion of his study in Amerasia Journal, which can be accessed here.

Finally, here are links to two non-profit organizations that concerned community members established to curb gang violence in the Filipino community, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans in Los Angeles and United Playaz in San Francisco.

[Correction]

Elaine here. Color Your Troubles Away is on Thursday, July 28th. I had the wrong date when we recorded the podcast!

 

Episode 2.5 – Hilaw Pa!

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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 to email us or leave a comment.

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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!

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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 his experiences as a social worker with Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC). APWC offers support to survivors of domestic violence, so if you or someone you know needs help, they are a great organization to connect with.

Listen to the show on Mixcloud (embedded below), subscribe on iTunes, or download the full episode here.

 

And here are links to several of the things we talk about throughout this episode:

USC APASS PEER: If you are an undergrad student at USC, I highly encourage folks to check out this mentorship program!

Links to G. Tongi’s Kababayan Today show about Mental Health and the Filipino Community:

Depression & Suicide in the Filipino Community. Part 1

How Mental Health & Suicide is Addressed in Filipino Culture. Part 2

Identify & Acknowledge Depression within Filipino Families. Part 3

Compassion & Support for Filipinos Suffering Depression. Part 4

 

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Episode 1.5 – Filipino Names

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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.  In this installment, we delve into the variety of names Filipinos give to their children.  Whether it be “combo” names, nicknames, pre-Hispanic names, Spanish Christian names, or names based on American pop-culture, Filipinos have a unique tradition of naming people, which at times doesn’t translate so well in the American context.

Have a listen to the episode on Mixcloud through the player below, download the file in full here, or subscribe on iTunes!

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!” =)

Stream the podcast from Mixcloud below, or directly download the whole file here.