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Episode 138 – A Year of COVID 19: A Conversation with Cindy Evangelista

It’s been one year since most of the United States has been under quarantine, significantly changing our lives.  In this TFAL episode, we reflect on a year like no other, how COVID has affected our personal lives and the lives of many of our kababayan, and reminders of what we need to continue to do while we’re still in the pandemic.  Our special guest is Cindy Evangelista, a Filipino community advocate and Physician’s Assistant.  Listen as she gives us additional tips to prevent the spread of COVID, the importance of waiting your turn to get the vaccine, and what to do if you contract the virus.

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How have you been coping over the last year of the pandemic? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Cindy added a few extra tips for those who may have contracted COVID-19.  You can listen to that here.

Episode 137 – tFalling in Love: TFAL Talks Valentine’s Day (Social Distance Series)

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

These brown hands

Choo choo choose you!

Hello TFAL listeners, join us as the TFAL Crew reflects on love.  Well…sort of, through the lens of the commercialized and overpriced holiday of Valentine’s day! All joking aside, we can all agree that we need a little more love in this world, and if Valentine’s Day makes us better and kinder people, even for one day, we’ll take it.  Listen to our stories about dating, tips to impress Filipino parents, and Valentine’s day alternatives that highlight friendship and love.  Laugh with us and commiserate with those who have never gotten heart-shaped chocolate boxes. What time is it? Valentime!
P.S.  We know this is late and Valentine’s Day was last week, but we’re Filipino so…

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Any thoughts on Valentine’s Day or Filipino American romance at all? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 136 – A Good Death: A Conversation with Death Doula/Midwife Michelle Mondia (Social Distance Series)

2020 will go down in history as one of the most difficult years for so many of us. At the time of writing, 443,000 people have lost their lives to covid-19. Deaths in 2020 that were not Covid-19 related were still impacted by the virus. In certain situations, they were unable to get care that could save their lives because emergency rooms were turning away ambulances.  Family members of non-Covid-19 patients in the hospital must get extremely special permission to visit dying loved ones or in many cases family do not get the opportunity to say goodbye at all. Moreover, the Filipino American community has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with such high rates of death.

In such a time of massive death, we focus our episode on how we can find some light amidst the darkness.  In this episode, the TFAL crew along with guest host and featured player Kat Carrido Bonds, have a conversation with Michelle Mondia, a certified death doula/midwife. Michelle shares about her experience and what it means to be a death doula/midwife. Additionally, the crew talks about their experience with losing loved ones and the concept of what is “a good death.”

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What practices around death do you follow? How have you handled loss? Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

Episode 135 – Purge Towards New Beginnings (Social Distance Series)

New Year.

Covid’s still here.

Let’s start purging and clear…

The energy for 2021.

We all know that 2020 was a roller coaster that we were happy to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight, and goodbye to that wretched year. Within the first week of 2021, we faced an attempted coup attempt and more Covid deaths, especially in our community. As the new year gets going it feels like it’s time to purge the emotional and physical weight of 2020.

In this episode, the TFAL crew with special guest/featured player Kat Carrido Bonds talk about the New Year’s tradition of cleaning the house to start the year anew, and the reasons folks hoard and purge around this time of year. The crew shares their experiences growing up with family who have a tendency of keeping everything and the reasons why they cannot let go.

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How do you handle New Year’s cleaning?  Who are you dedicating this year to?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!

 

Episode 134 – Philippine Archaeology and the Ifugao Rice Terraces with Stephen Acabado (Social Distance Series)

Did you know that the Banaue Rice Terraces are actually only approximately 200-300 years old hundred years old, and not 2,000 years old as many people believe?  Did you know that the “Wave Migrations” theory of the people-ing of the Philippines has no archaeological basis and is fundamentally racist? Some of these Philippine nationalist narratives have been passed down for generations, including to many Filipino Americans.  However, many of these narratives are myths, clouding our knowledge of our history and our identities as Filipinos and Filipino Americans.  Indeed, the more we uncover about our history, the more complicated it becomes.

In this TFAL episode, Joe interviews Professor Stephen Acabado, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and how his work complicates common narratives in Philippine history.  Professor Acabado takes the time to discuss how Indiana Jones inspired his career as an archaeologist, his research in the Ifugao region and the proper aging of the famed Rice Terraces, the various ways the Ifugao people used the building of the Rice Terraces to resist Spanish colonialism, and the role archaeologists must play in honoring and working with the communities they study. He also gives us his quick take on the ongoing controversy of Christianized Filipinos consuming and appropriating the cultures of Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines.  For those interested in Philippine history, you won’t want to miss this episode.

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For a brief visual explanation of the old Kiyyangan village discussed in the episode, which illustrates how the Ifugao peoples resisted Spanish colonialism through the construction of the Rice Terraces, check out this video:

What do you think about this episode?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!

Episode 133 – TFAL Sweet Talks: Filipino Desserts with Ginger Lim Dimapasok of Café 86 (Social Distance Series)

Filipinos are notorious for their sweet tooth.  We put sugar in almost all of our dishes.  So much so our spaghetti would be a dessert in Italy.  And of course, who can forget our traditional desserts?  Bibingka, turon, halo halo, Cebu torta, tupig, puto bumbong, ginataan, buko pie…the list goes on and on.  In almost every region in the Philippines, desserts are the sweetest part of our lives (diabetes be damned!).

For this holiday season, the TFAL crew decided to dedicate this episode to Filipino desserts.  We discuss our favorites growing up and how desserts have evolved throughout the history of the Philippines.  We also dive into the different ways Filipino Americans create new desserts here in the U.S.  Who better to discuss the evolution of desserts than Ginger Lim Dimapasok, owner of Café 86 and recently crowned Champion of Food Network’s Chopped Sweets competition?  Listen as Ginger discusses how she started baking, what she thinks of the increased attention to ube, and the need to run businesses communally rather than competitively.  We need more Gingers in our lives, so I hope you all take something away from this fun episode!

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What are your favorite Filipino desserts?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com!

Visit any locations of Café 86 to get some of the sweet ube goodness that we describe on the show!

P.S.  This is the last episode of the dumpster fire year 2020.  Despite the pain and heartache many of us have endured this year, we wanted to end on a high (and sweet!) note.  We hope you enjoy this episode as you continue keeping as safe as possible.  Please have a happy holiday and we’ll see you on the other side!

Episode 132 – Bumoto Kami: Filipino American Electoral Politics (Social Distance Series)

Election season in the US has come and not quite gone, and regardless of who you voted for (and how you feel about the results), a noteworthy aspect of this year’s Elections were the sheer number of Filipino Americans running for office throughout the country.  From Hawaii to Virginia, California to Georgia, and even Utah and Texas, there were a number of Filipino American candidates running for local and national offices this year.

In fact, Filipino Americans have held public offices in the US as far back as the 1950s.  And even amongst the TFAL crew, many of us have worked on electoral campaigns and worked for elected officials.

But what are the implications and the opportunities for Filipino Americans in seeking and winning these public leadership roles?  What roles can and should the Filipino American community play in both driving these campaigns and holding these leaders accountable?  How does community organizing in general fit into the picture?  And how have the political divides that exist in this country manifested in our own communities and families?

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Have thoughts about the election and the role of Filipino Americans in public office?  Leave us a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL

Episode 131 – Who Ordered Tax? TFAL Talks Pinoy Humor (Social Distance Series)

Filipino humor.  You know what it is.  Super corny one-liners your mom or dad, aunt and uncle might have said.  It may be a play on words.  May include using an accent.  On Filipino TV shows, it may include a high-pitched, solo laugh track.  Some Filipino Americans might find it hilarious.  Some may not.  Non-Filipinos may not get the joke.  Some may.  Whatever the case, Filipino humor is distinct, tickling the funny bone of so many kababayans everywhere.

In this TFAL episode, the crew dissects what makes Pinoy humor Pinoy.  What is the anatomy of Filipino humor?  Do other communities laugh when hearing a Filipino joke?  Is it only for Filipinos of a certain class?  Can Filipino humor manifest in other ways beyond accent jokes, one-liners, or punchlines?  We discuss the humor we adopted growing up in Filipino households as well as popular comedians like Dolphy, Tito, Vic, and Joey, Rex Navarrete, and JR De Guzman.  We also talk about what we think of Fil Am YouTube comedians and the need for humor to dig a little deeper.  Hope you enjoy this episode and share a bit of laughter with one another.  With the world in a constant state of crisis, laughter will always get us by.

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Got any good Filipino jokes?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL.

Episode 130 – Dance Dance Revelations: Filipinos and Hip Hop Dance with J. Lorenzo Perillo (Social Distance Series)

Dance off!  Dance crews and line dancers, dance fanatics, and dance contest watchers – gather around for another episode of TFAL as we discuss hip hop dancing and Filipinos’ proclivity towards the art form.  We reminisce about our abilities (or inabilities) to follow a dance routine, our love for dancing, and of course, Pilipino Cultural Nights (PCNs).  We also get into the nitty-gritty and take a look at hip hop dance through the lens of race, gender, and immigration.

In this episode, TFAL dives deep into dance and choreography as we talk to scholar, choreographer, and instructor, Dr. J. Lorenzo Perillo, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  He’s also a former PCN coordinator at UC Berkeley when Ryan was a young college student (Go Bears!).  In his new book, Choreographing in Color, we begin to discuss not just the craft of dance, but how participation and choreography in hip hop dancing is a window into Filipino and Filipino American cultural politics.

Listen as we engage questions such as: Are Filipinos just natural dancers and good mimics or are there deeper historical conditions that gave rise to this Filipino hip hop dance phenomenon?  How does dance shape Filipino dancers’ migration from the Philippines?  How do Filipino Americans express “Filipino-ness” through dance?  Most importantly, what are Joe’s favorite dance moves??

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Were you part of a dance crew?  Do you have aspirations to be on a dance contest?  What do you think about Filipinos’ place in hip hop dancing?  Let us know by leaving a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL or email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

To purchase a copy of Perillo’s Choreographing in Color, go to the Oxford University Press’s website here.  Use Discount Code:  AAFLYG6 for 30% OFF!!!

Episode 129 – Digging up the Truth: The Celine Archive with Celine Parreñas Shimizu (Social Distance Series)

In 1932, Celine Navarro, a young Filipina American, was buried alive and murdered by other Filipinos just outside of Stockton, California. The murder of Navarro caught national media attention, sensationalizing the crime and painting Filipinos as savage members of primitive cults. Though mostly forgotten now, this horrific incident reverberated through the Filipino American community during the 1930s.

In this TFAL episode, we spoke with filmmaker and professor Celine Parreñas Shimizu about her upcoming film THE CELINE ARCHIVE. The documentary film explores the murder of Celine Navarro, its impact on Navarro’s descendants, and its importance in Filipino American history and the history of race and gender in the United States. Listen as we dive deep into a largely unknown and dark part of Filipino American history.

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.

You can check out the film, THE CELINE ARCHIVE, at its world premiere in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.  Buy tickets here: https://laapff2020.eventive.org/passes/buy.  You can also check out the film as part of CAAMFest later this month.

Finally, check out TFAL co-host Elaine Dolalas as she moderates an online panel to further discuss THE CELINE ARCHIVE with Celine Parreñas Shimizu as well as members of Celine Navarro’s relatives.  The panel happens on Friday, October 2, 2:00pm PST.  Link here:  https://festival.vcmedia.org/2020/special_events/c3-the-celine-archive/.