I am participating in a Passion Project called The Filipino American Woman. On Thursday at 10:30 am PST I will be interviewed about my life and story as a Filipino American woman. I was born in Guam and came to America with my immigrant parents in the 1980s.
I don’t usually talk about my race or cultural heritage. Usually, I consider myself Asian-American with all the challenges and trials that come with being a minority in the United States. With The Filipino American Woman, I can come out of my shell and speak about my own life story and experiences to help define the Filipino American Woman. Being Filipino American is a subset of being Asian. But what does it mean to be Filipino American and a woman? We hope to explore this avenue in the Passion Project, brought to you by founder, Jen Amos.
I was intrigued about this project because I believe the experience of a Filipino American Woman is unique. I can explore my cultural roots as part of The Filipino American woman project and form a tight-knit community with other Filipino American Woman as we seek to empower and uplift our Filipino American women sisters through our bond of shared experiences.
Jen Amos found a perfect platform for her project on Facebook groups. It’s a project many years in the making to bring to life. I am the first to be interviewed on BeLive.com which would be broadcasted direct from Facebook. Please tune in and participate in the live interview on Thursday, January 12 at 10:30 PST. Two raffle $5 Starbucks cards will be given out and you can ask me questions and post comments during the interview.
I would also like to leave a cultural legacy for my children. Knowing where we came from and from the struggles of of their immigrant grandparents and mother who grew up in California, will hopefully expand their cultural horizons and be more open and understanding of other cultures while also provide an understanding where they came from. As a first generation Filipino American woman, our journey may not be the same.
For my daughter, I want to be able to give her a role model of what it means to be a Filipino American woman. As Filipino American women, I want her to know that we are loving and kind and can handle our challenges with grace and strength. These are positive traits that I hope she can learn from and apply in her own life. We also have unique struggles as well as hopes and dreams which I hope to tell her about through The Filipino American Woman.
This project has never been done before. I am so honored and humbled to be the first to be interviewed about my story. I hope to raise the veil of silence about this subject of being a Filipino American Woman in society so that others can understand us better and for Filipino American women to take away a sense of unity and friendship from this group. The beauty of this project is we all come from different stages in life but we can all come together to bring our story forward.
Lastly, don’t forget to tune in at TheFilipinoAmericanWoman.com website on Thursday, January 12 at PST in which I will be broadcasted live and take your questions. See you there!