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Bonus Episode – “The Filipino and the Drunkard”

In this short bonus episode, TFAL presents a retelling of the short story, “The Filipino and the Drunkard.”  Written in 1935 by William Saroyan, this short story tells the tale of a young Filipino who is aboard a ferry boat in 1930s San Francisco.  While waiting to go across the Bay to visit his brother, he is suddenly finds himself followed and harassed by a drunk White bigot.  Truly relevant to today’s tense racial climate under the Orange Cheeto administration.

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Anonymous letter send to the Chief of Police of Sunnyvale, CA in 1930.  Photo credit: http://www.personal.anderson.ucla.edu/eloisa.borah/filfaqs.htm. (Original picture found at James Earl Wood Photograph Collection, Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley).

This will hopefully be the first of a new series of audio short stories we will present on TFAL.  If you have a story (personal or otherwise) that touch upon the Filipino/Filipino American experience and you would like to produce it for the podcast, please email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.

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Episode 12.5 – Reflections on “My Family’s Slave” and Katulong Culture

Most of us have read “My Family’s Slave” on the Atlantic, written by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon.  The article saddened us, angered us, and confused us.  What’s to make of the story of Eudocia Pulido, aka Lola, who toiled her whole life against her will and without pay for a family that wasn’t her own?

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There are many angles and layers to this gut-wrenching story.  On this episode, the TFAL crew gives you our thoughts and reflections on the article as well as “katulong culture” in general.  It’s a tough issue to wrap our heads around, and we only scratch the surface. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below or leave a voicemail at (805) 394-TFAL (8325).

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For more opinions on this article, check out this compiled list of responses/reactions from TFAL listener Marnette Federis.  Also, for great insight on the Alex Tizon’s life, the history of enslavement culture in the Philippines, and the life of a trafficked Filipina woman in New York, listen to NPR’s Code Switch podcast episode on the story, featuring one of Joe’s grad school advisors, Professor Vicente Rafael.

Here are links to local organizations who are fighting for the rights of domestic workers and those who are victims of human trafficking:

Finally, a distant relative of Eudocia Pulido who is in contact with the Pulido family set up this gofundme page to help raise funds for their family in the Philippines. Please consider donating.

Pogi Pose Picks!

TFAL loves a pogi pose as you can see by all the awesome pogi-ness below.

In preparation for our Happy Birthday TFAL party we asked TFALers to send us their pogi pose. Here are the top 3 pogistas!

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Kid Heroes Filmmaker Patricio Ginelsa’s adorable son Logan rocking a baby pogi pose.

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Much love to Francis, Strela, and Iskra! The family that pogi poses at May Day marches!

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Friend of show Paolo Espiritu rocks an ice cream cone pogi.

Honorable pogi mention goes to AJ for this black and white group shot. Berto for the 90s bangs and asian squat shot. And lastly Beverly for the puppy pogi pose!

 

It’s been an awesome year of TFAL. Much love to everyone who listens to the show and enjoys our stories, history, and puns!

Join us at The Park’s Finest THIS SATURDAY, May 13th from 8pm-12am for an epic Filipino Family Party! RSVP now at Happy Birthday TFAL.  What are some of your favorite TFAL moments from this past year?  Let us know 805-394-TFAL 805-394-8325.

 

Episode 12 – Chef’s Choice: A conversation with Chef Dale Talde

 

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If you’ve been listening to the show you’ll know that we love food at This Filipino American Life.  We love talking about it in our personal life, with strangers, and on the podcast.  TFAL resident reality checker Gerlie and graphic designer Vince join us for a bit as we share our favorite Filipino restaurants.

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On episode 12 TFAL celebrates our one year anniversary with a super special guest Chef Dale Talde! We talk food, Dale’s experience as a cheftestant, and who would be on his NBA dream team starting five. You should also check him out on Eater’s premier episode of Cult Following. Eater explores the magic of Jollibee with Dale. Warning: you may want to have a full belly when you watch this video. Or at least a Chicken Joy ready because you will get hungry!

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TFAL interviews Dale Talde

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If you are in the New York, New Jersey, and Miami area make sure to check out these spots and give TFAL tips on what to munch and drink! Atlantic Social, Talde BrooklynTalde Jersey City, Talde Miami Beach

Thank you for listening to TFAL this past year. TFAL is a labor of love for the entire crew. Help us celebrate our first birthday! RSVP now at Happy Birthday TFAL. Join us at The Park’s Finest THIS SATURDAY, May 13th from 8pm-12am for an epic Filipino Family Party! What are some of your favorite TFAL moments from this past year? What’s your favorite Filipino restaurant? Let us know 805-394-TFAL 805-394-8325.

 

Bonus Episode – Flip The Record with TFAL

On this bonus episode of TFAL Elaine and Producer Mike talk to director Marie Jamora, producer Jason McLagan, and actor Michael Rosete from the short film Flip the Record. The one line synopsis is: In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism. However that line cannot convey the feel of this excellent short. The film can be seen in film festivals coming to Arkansas, DC, and Houston!

You can see more work from Marie and Jason at LEGO Build Zone. They have been producing this youtube series that’s on season 4 right now!  The short film Hypebeasts, starring Michael, can be found on Hulu now!

Help us celebrate our first birthday! RSVP now at Happy Birthday TFAL. Join us at The Park’s Finest on Saturday, May 13th from 8pm-12am for an epic Filipino Family Party! What are some of your favorite TFAL moments from this past year? Let us know 805-394-TFAL 805-394-8325.

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Episode 11.5 – Palo!

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Photo credit: Ted Visaya Design

“You want palo??”

If you grew up in a Filipino household, you probably know what the word palo means.

Palo, a Tagalog word that means spank, which derived from the Spanish word palo or stick (those colonizers yo!), is a form of punishment used to discipline misbehaving children. To a kid, hearing that word from their parents elicited fear because it meant you did something wrong and it also meant punishment was coming.  Palo could have been done with a slipper, a belt, or a hand, to help us respect the rules of the home and understand authority.

On this TFAL episode, join the crew along with our own graphic designer, Vince, as we look back on how we were disciplined as kids.  We also discuss methods some of us would use as we raise or begin to start thinking about raising our own.  Find out who was the good kid and who was the medium good kid, and who got punished for breaking a guitar over someone’s head!

Spanking as a form of punishment can be a very sensitive subject.  But if you have any thoughts on this topic, please email us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com, leave a comment, or call our TFAL hotline at (805) 394-TFAL on whether or not you think spanking is an effective form of punishment, or whether you think there are alternative forms of discipline that work.

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Pogi Pose Contest!

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Pogi pose is a go to staple for us at TFAL. In celebration of our one year anniversary, we’re doing a pogi contest! Show us your pogi pose on Instagram with the hashtag #pogipose and #tfalpodcast from now until May 8th. We’ll pick the top 3 pogi posers and highlight them on our blog!

For inspiration here’s how Joe rocks a pogi with some aviator stunners 😎😎😎

Join us for our one year celebration at The Park’s Finest! RSVP: Happy Birthday TFAL

SAVE THE DATE!

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Happy Birthday TFAL! We made it to one year! Join us & help us celebrate a year of air horns, half baked ideas, and stories that have made us and you giggle.

There will be bbq.
There will be beers.
There will be (possibly) karaoke.

Saturday, May 13th
8pm-Midnight

Many thanks to the homies at The Park’s Finest for hosting our one year shindig!

RSVP HERE: Happy Birthday TFAL

See you there,
TFAL mastermind Joe,
Food Appreciator Ryan
Oblivious Nerd Girl Elaine
Producer Mike

Episode 11 – Undocumented Filipinos

As Filipino Americans, we all know or know of someone in our lives who is undocumented.  That one uncle who left his family in the Philippines.  That one auntie who’s always “fixing her papers.”  That one friend who doesn’t leave the house very often.  According to various statistical computations, Filipinos who are undocumented in the United States number anywhere between 250,000 and 310,000, representing the largest Asian undocumented population.  Far from being solely a Latino issue, unlawful immigration very much affects Filipinos in a multitude of ways.

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In this episode of This Filipino American Life, we speak to Vanessa Vela-Lovelace, a community leader who spent much of her life as an undocumented immigrant, and Set Ronquillo, an immigrant rights activist who is currently undocumented.  Vanessa and Set have led and continue to lead complicated lives because of their immigration statuses.  Listen as they share their experiences of fear, anger, and hope living in the United States. And like Mateo Liwanag’s character in the NBC show Superstore and Pulitzer-prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas, their stories will shed light on a huge part of our Filipino American community.

Listen through the embedded player below, download directly here, or subscribe to us on iTunes here.

Episode 10.5 – TV Party

On this mini episode we talk TV! What were your favorite TV shows growing up? As 80s babies we rehash our love of Saturday morning cartoons, Saved By The Bell, and A-Team. Do you remember Ernie Reyes Jr on Sidekicks?

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Or are you a fan of TJ Perkins on WWE?

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What would a Filipino American TV show look like for the TFAL crew? Want to know what the Filipino American version of The Walking Dead would be called? Take a listen to find out!

Let us know what your favorite TV shows are! Or what would your TV pitch be for a Filipino American TV show? Email it to us at thisfilipinoamericanlife@gmail.com.  Or leave us a voice message on the TFAL hotline (805) 394-TFAL and maybe, just maybe, we’ll play it on our next podcast episode!

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

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TFAL is now a media sponsor for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Keep an eye out for our recommendations for LAAPFF films here!

Want to check out the festival yourself and possibly meet the TFAL crew? Get ticket packages for LAAPFF here! LAAPFF Ticket Packages