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If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This

If You’re Filipino American, Mestizo, or Mixed-Race, You’ll Like This   Are You Filipino American, mestizo, mixed-race, ethnically ambiguous, or just interested in learning more about your self-identity?   This blog is for you!   I am Filipino American. I didn’t always associate myself with that identity. American, yes. Part Filipino was usually what I responded with if people ever asked me. I didn’t grow up learning a lot of Filipino culture. I couldn’t have really explained much about my…

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Filipino American Voices – Lessons From a Balikbayan Box

Filipino American Voices - Lessons From a Balikbayan Box In the United States, Filipino Americans make up the second largest Asian group population. That’s pretty awesome! And each Filipino American has a unique voice and story to tell. That is why I am proud to introduce to you Filipino American Voices! A place for Filipino Americans to share their stories and experiences of what it is like being Filipino American. Filipino American Guest Blogger Today, I am delighted to feature guest…

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4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

4 Fun Filipino Facts to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Did you know May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Yup! It was established to celebrate the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May also happens to be National Heritage Month in the Philippines. As of 2003, the month of May was officially proclaimed to be National Heritage Month in order to preserve and promote…

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics

Mixed-Race Identity Through Cute Comics I came across this comic by Kiana Khansmith and thought it was very unique and thoughtful in explaining the mixed-race experience. I especially liked the one where everyone else defines Puppitty with their own terms for who they think Puppitty is, as if they are somehow the experts on the matter. In reality, no one can define you except you. And even then, you don't have to be a perfectly boxed-in idea of a certain…

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What’s Your Crazy? – Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer

What’s Your Crazy? - Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer Today is the 5th anniversary of the day I left America. I had decided to join Peace Corps after experiencing one of those life moments where you feel like you could do anything. The world was calling and nothing would hold me back from following my heart. Sitting in the L.A. airport after a whirlwind Peace Corps volunteer orientation, I tried to joke around with some of the other volunteers,…

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Living Out Your Passion – Let’s Do this 2016!

It’s official. My New Years writing resolutions have been set. This is the year I’ll be finishing my book and submitting it to an agent. I have a good solid draft done and have been working on the editing process. [pullquote]"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." ~ John Irving[/pullquote] Writing this book has been an exhilarating process for me that has allowed me to…

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‘Merica! – What Happens When You Spend Thanksgiving Abroad

  Ah Thanksgiving! That unique holiday, deeply imbedded in the heart of American society. Not every American celebrates Thanksgiving as enthusiastically or as traditionally as some, but there is some sentiment that Thanksgiving is ingrained as part of the American lifestyle. Popular culture, news, and commercials will be inundated with Thanksgiving-themed tidbits through all of October and November. It will be all about the Turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (wait, did the pilgrims make that?). We’re all gonna eat til…

what is the history of halo halo, a dessert in the Philippines

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo?

Do You Know the History of Halo-Halo? Halo-Halo, the Filipino word which means “mix-mix,” is a popular dessert in the Philippines. More than popular, it is THE dessert of the Philippines. Summertime is when the competition gets fierce and every sari-sari store, street-side stand, and fast food chain will offer their own version of the sweet specialty. One of my favorites can be found at Mang Inasal because they serve their halo-halo in wide clear bowls that not only makes it…

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Tiny Teaser – What is a “Filipino American?”

Right now I’m supposed to be writing a research paper, not writing on my blog. You can see where my priorities lie… Anyways, it’s Tiny Teaser time with a new excerpt from my Philippines Peace Corps memoir. This time the book teaser theme is: “Filipino American Identity.” When I was living in the Philippines I found that I usually presented a confusing puzzle to most Filipinos. I didn’t fit into the typical mold of what an American looked like. I…

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