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Episode 107 – CENSUS-maryosep 2020

CORRECTION: Contrary to what was discussed in the episode, there is no “long” or “short” form in the Census. The 2020 Census will only have nine questions. The “long” and “short” form discussed refers to the American Community Survey (ACS), not the 2020 Census. Additionally, the 2020 Census will NOT ask for income. Apologies for...

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

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...

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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? Head to the LA Times and read the full...

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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...

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TFAL Holiday 2019

This holiday season we’ve been highlighting Filipino American businesses on Instagram. Are you following This Filipino American Life on instagram? Head to @tfalpodcast and give us a follow. Looking for some Christmas present ideas? Why not support these folks? REPPIN PINS Reppin Pins is a Chicago based pin company. Use code TFALREPPIN for $3 off...

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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...

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Sneak Preview Screening of ‘Quezon’s Game’ coming to LA on December 16

ABS-CBN International will be hosting a “special sneak peek” opening of Quezon’s Game in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater, December 16-22. In a time when the government of Israel is deporting Filipino workers and their families, Quezon’s Game couldn’t be a more appropriate movie to watch now. Quezon’s Game, directed by Jewish filmmaker Matthew...

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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...

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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. Joseph Zoleta is the President of Black...

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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. In this episode Elaine is joined by romance novel enthusiast and best friend Ivy Barrera. Elaine and...

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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...

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

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...

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Episode 98 – Filipino Funerals, Spirits, and the Afterlife

Death is a natural part of life.  All of us have experience with death, whether it’s among our family, our friends, or even folks we barely know.  With death comes customs and rituals associated with it that we, the living, perform and practice.  For example, many pre-colonial peoples of the Philippines believed that one had...

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Episode 97 – TFAL Game Show 2: Live at Beatrock’s 10th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 6th, the TFAL crew had the opportunity to be a part of the Beatrock Music 10-Year Anniversary Festival held at the Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown. The crew revisited the fan favorite format of the TFAL Game Show which we introduced in Episode 27.5. On this episode we had Beatrock Music artist...

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Episode 96 – Human Trafficking: A Conversation with Damayan and Mairi Nunag

In early September, Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (PWC) hosted an anti-human trafficking summit, bringing together survivors, advocates, and leaders from throughout the country.  After two days of workshops, panels, and performances, the participants launched the Baklas campaign (Filipino for dismantle / break free), a national effort to end human trafficking. Post-summit, TFAL got a...

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Episode 95 – Filipino American Gangs, Part 2: Law Enforcement

Historically, police departments have had a history of tense and even hostile relations with communities of color, with the Los Angeles Police Department as one of the most notorious.  Looking back as far as the 1960’s and 1970’s, the LAPD has had police chiefs at the helm whose approach to law enforcement was not only...

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Episode 94 – Filipino Americans in Wrestling and Comics: A TFAL & PNGpodcast crossover with Scott Lost

While at San Diego Comic Con this year Elaine and Producer Mike were lucky enough to speak with Scott Lost, former professional wrestler turned comic book artist. Scott is one of the founders of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, an independent wrestling company that has alums such as TJP, the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Ricochet, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and more.

After leaving professional wrestling behind Scott founded Accidental Aliens, a San Diego based art studio, creating stories with characters that he always wanted to see in comic books. 

This episode is also a special cross over episode with the new Pencil Neck Geeks podcast on the Geek Say What network. PNG podcast comprises of Berto Ponce (Balut Club founder), Elaine from TFAL, and Justin Mallari of Geek Offensive. PNG podcast will be coming out soon, so follow the show on instagram (@PNGpodcast) for updates!

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Episode 93 – The Murder of Joseph Ileto: 20 Years Later

On August 10, 1999, Buford O. Furrow, Jr., a white supremacist, shot and killed JOSEPH ILETO, a Filipino American postal worker in Chatsworth, CA, after firing 70 shots inside the North Valley Jewish Community Center with a semi-automatic weapon.  Ileto had just delivered mail to a home when Furrow approached him and asked if Ileto...

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“Joy is Here”: A Review of Hello, Love, Goodbye

Hello, Love, Goodbye is breaking box office records in the Philippines, and now it’s making waves throughout the diaspora. The film centers on Joy (Kathryn Bernardo), a domestic helper living and working in Hong Kong, and her determination to fulfill the responsibilities to her family in the Philippines. She then meets Ethan (Alden Richards), a...

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Episode 92 – Fading Cultural Practices

Do you still mano po?  Do you still call your siblings ate/kuya or manang/manong/ading?  Do you know the recipes that your grandparents used in their cooking? Do you miss the local Filipino restaurant or store that no longer exists?  Do you wear barongs or baro’t saya? What markers of Filipino culture do you still preserve...

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Episode 91 – TFAL talks Paleontology: It’s not just Dinosaurs!

Did you know that Paleontology is more than just dinosaurs? If so, YAY for you! When the opportunity to talk to a Filipino American paleontologist came about it got Elaine excited to talk all things dinosaurs, which is exactly what happens in the beginning of this episode. Luckily TFAL talks story with Gabe Santos, Filipino...

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Episode 90 – SDCC 2019 Panel: Filipinx in Podcasting

This year TFAL’s Elaine and Producer Mike got to take in the magic that is San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).  The panel was hosted by Diverse Geeks in Focus with Alix Catherine (host – Ready Set Geek!) moderating the panel of Gemma Vidal (host – Diverse Geeks in Focus),  Justin Quizon (Screen Rant, That Hashtag Show),...

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Episode 89 – “Alam ko na kaya mo”: Experiences of Filipino “Positive” Parenting

The TFAL crew is reunited in studio after a few months of travels to Canada and the Philippines.  This episode is inspired by a The Tagalog Project Instagram post that highlighted positive Pilipino Praises. When TFAL shared this post the feedback was on a certain theme. “Positive” parenting seemed like a foreign concept to several TPALs. While Filipino...

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TFAL at San Diego Comic Con 2019

TFAL is going to San Diego Comic Con this week, and to celebrate, we’ll have these exclusive #SDCC2019 Sticker Packs!  So how do you get your hands on one of these?  Just look for Elaine and Producer Mike! This is what they looked like the last time they went to SDCC in 2011.  But where...

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Episode 88 – Colorism in the Filipino Community

“Don’t play out in the sun.  You’ll get too dark!” Most Filipinos have heard this phrase from parents or elders numerous times when they were children.  For Filipino Americans, this phrase might strike a chord as an example of Filipinos’ preference for lighter skin.  For some, it may conjure up memories of being bullied, traumatized,...

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