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Episode 110 – The Social Distance Edition: TFAL on Facebook Live

Coronavirus is here.  We’re all required to practice social distancing.  For many of us, this type of isolation is normal, for others, not so much.  Despite these government mandates, we here at TFAL must continue, if only for our own sanity.  This past week, Elaine, Joe, Ryan, and Producer Mike came together virtually and streamed a Zoom conference call discussing our respective experiences with social distancing.  Listen as we discuss our current situations, dealing with our aging parents, adventures into grocery stores (Filipino and non-Filipino alike), strategies of maintaining mental health, and stories of xenophobic incidents aimed at Asian Americans.

The current crisis is hard on all of us, both physically with the virus and mentally with the social isolation.  It’s on all of us to help each other out.  This is our way of lightening the mood.  Through the duration of this crisis, we hope to host more online sessions, so please join us on FB Live.  Hopefully, this online version of TFAL will give you a bit of laughter and thought through these grim times.

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.

How are you dealing with the Coronavirus crisis and social distancing?  Let us know by calling us at (805) 394-TFAL or emailing us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.  We’ll get through this together!

 

Episode 109 – Documenting Filipino American Stories: A Conversation with Marissa Aroy

Documentaries are essential for our community.  There are certainly a number of good films that document the Filipino and Filipino American experience – Delano Manongs, The Fall of the I-Hotel, Imelda, The Learning, Bontoc Eulogy, to name a few.  These films are so important in spreading awareness of our people’s history and culture and keeping our stories alive.  Without them, we will be further doomed to ignorance and irrelevance.  But how does one begin to make a documentary?

In this episode of TFAL, the crew interviews award-winning filmmaker, Marissa Aroy.  Listen as we discuss her journey into making film documentaries, her passion for the Filipino American community, the rise of mini-docs, and what it’s like to be a woman of color in the largely white, male film documentary industry.  The crew also talks documentaries, their favorites, and the documentary films they would make if they were actually filmmakers…and had the money!

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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.

Do you have any great ideas for Filipino/Filipino American documentaries?  Let us know your thoughts, (805) 394-TFAL or thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Also, to support Marissa Aroy’s latest film project on the Philippine American War (very very needed!), go her this link here.

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Episode 108 – FLAM: TFAL talks music and drinking games with Greg Narvas

In this mini episode the TFAL crew get to know artist and musician Greg Narvas. Greg Narvas is the creator of the zine “I Was a Teenage Filipino Skinhead” and is the drummer and percussionist for the ska band Hepcat. Inspired by AZN FLUSH, a drinking game, Greg realized that there could be a Filipino American equivalent and set out to to create FLAM. Listen as the TFAL crew plays FLAM over whiskey and a few bottles of San Miguel. FYI if you have little ones in the car you may want to wait on listening to this one. The alcohol leads to a few f-bomb slips! 

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.

Many thanks for Greg for coming into Berllado studios and letting TFAL break in FLAM. If you are interested in FLAM follow Greg on instagram (@leftylimbo) for more info. 

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You can also catch Hepcat at Punk Rock Bowling in Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, May 22 at Bunkhouse Saloon. It’ll be a night of rocksteady ska, reggae, and northern soul.  This show should be rad since it is also the Punk Rock Bowling debut of Bad Manners!

 

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 the oversight.

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.