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This Filipino American Life

This Filipino American Life is a podcast that explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States, atbp.

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Recent Episodes of This Filipino American Life


Episode 208 – Confessions of a Bad Filipino

Episode 208 – Confessions of a Bad Filipino

“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I am a BAD Filipino!”

What makes you a “bad” Filipino?  It’s time to confess!!  In this TFAL episode, the crew discusses what makes us “bad” Filipinos…or rather Filipinos who buck the proverbial trend.  Which one of us doesn’t like Jollibee?  Who doesn’t mano po?  Who doesn’t ever want to send money back to the Philippines? Which one of us supports a white American culture vulture??  We discuss all this and more in this episode of reconciliation!

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Episode 10 May 2024 51m and 4s


Episode 207 – Bayani Komixtape with Bayani Teodosio

Episode 207 – Bayani Komixtape with Bayani Teodosio

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In this episode the TFAL crew talk with Bayani Teodosio about Bayani Komixtape, the hip hop mixtape follow up to The Realest Bayani, Teodosio’s graphic novel. The crew shares their experience with comic books, pop culture, and learn about Bayani’s origin story that paved the way for the creation of The Realest Bayani. Looking for a graphic novel to read? Pick up The Realest Bayani at www.savidesigns.nyc. Listen and support the #BayaniKomixtape on Bandcamp:

Episode 26 April 2024 56m and 53s


Episode 206 – Experiences of a Filipino Adoptee with James Beni Wilson

Episode 206 – Experiences of a Filipino Adoptee with James Beni Wilson

Did you know that there are currently over 1.8 million orphaned or abandoned children in the Philippines?  While formal adoption rates of these children are comparatively low, a significant number of orphaned Filipino children have been transnationally adopted by families in the United States over the decades. In 2000, for example, there were over 10,000 Filipino adoptees living in U.S. households. Just last year, there were 67 adoptions from the Philippines by American families.

This TFAL episode sheds light on some of the experiences of a Filipino adoptee who grew up in the United States with a non-Filipino family. We a...

Episode 12 April 2024 58m and 19s


Episode 205 – Hilaw Pa 6.0

Episode 205 – Hilaw Pa 6.0

Here it is again…another edition of Hilaw Pa! For those not in the know, Hilaw Pa is where the TFAL Crew shares our half-baked ideas that should be out there in the world. Of course, we’re not going to do it ourselves – thinking them up is our job. It’s up to someone else to execute our brilliant (or not so brilliant) ideas.  Listen as we discuss random ideas we had such as a Filipino mariachi band, karaoke in the park, Filipino churrascarias, and more!

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Episode 29 March 2024 45m and 33s


Episode 204 – Filipino Psychology and Spirituality with Carl Lorenz Cervantes

Episode 204 – Filipino Psychology and Spirituality with Carl Lorenz Cervantes

How do Filipinos practice indigenous spirituality through Catholicism? Who are these “spirits” our parents or grandparents keep talking about that are around us? What explains the Filipino psyche and the way we make sense of the world? How many souls do we have? Some of these questions have helped many Filipinos and Filipino Americans in their quest for a cultural identity and spirituality. In this TFAL episode, Joe speaks to the brilliant Carl Lorenz Cervantes of Sikodiwa about countering the dominance of individualist/Western philosophical thought through understanding how Filipinos think and what we value.

We dive into...

Episode 15 March 2024 57m and 38s


Episode 203: TFAL talks Palestine w/ Michael Arage & JT | Nevadans for Palestinian Liberation

Episode 203: TFAL talks Palestine w/ Michael Arage & JT | Nevadans for Palestinian Liberation

In this episode the TFAL crew talks with TFAL alum, Michael Arage, and JT of Nevadans for Palestinian Liberation @npl_palestine. In this episode we have a discussion of our history with the Free Palestine movement, why this issue is important to our community, and how we can show our allyship and be a part of the global movement to end this genocide. 

Sidenote: There were technical issues during this episode so there may be a few audio issues in the recording.

 

Palestinian accounts to follow:

@wizard_bisan1

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Episode 1 March 2024 57m and 32s


Episode 202 – Vision Boarding Abundance

Episode 202 – Vision Boarding Abundance

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New year new TFAL?  Or are we back to our usual shenanigans? Actually, for the first time in months, and thanks to Ryan’s terrible internet, we met up in person and recorded an episode!

One New Years’ tradition that many of the folks in TFAL (and maybe some of you) partake in is the creation of a vision board, a collage of the things we hope to manifest or bring into our lives in the coming year.  And in that spirit, this episode is our vision for ourselves and our co...

Episode 10 February 2024 57m and 52s


Episode 201 – Lost LA: Historic Filipinotown

Episode 201 – Lost LA: Historic Filipinotown

Last year, some of us on the TFAL crew had the opportunity to participate in the creation of a special episode of the PBS Socal/KCET show, Lost LA, which focused on the Filipino American community of Southern California.  The episode premiered this week and is available on the PBS website or on YouTube.  In this TFAL episode, you can listen to our entire discussion with the Lost LA host, Nathan Masters, about Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles and its history. Listen as we discuss what the Lost LA episode is about, how Kat, Joe, and Producer Mike became in...

Episode 12 January 2024 49m and 1s


Episode 200 – TFAL 200 Live! Building Community with Faith Santilla and Johneric Concordia

Episode 200 – TFAL 200 Live! Building Community with Faith Santilla and Johneric Concordia

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Looks like we made it! TFAL’s 200th episode! (Give or take a few bonus episodes and unreleased things here and there…)

Back in October, we recorded our 200th episode live at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles. (Well technically, it was our 195th at the time but who’s really keeping track ). Together with community leaders and artists Faith Santilla and Johneric Concordia, we revisited community movements led by Filipino Americans and discuss future aspirations for our communities in the US. It was a both c...

Episode 30 December 2023 1h, 16m and 5s


Bonus Episode: “Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming in a Box” by Gravy Podcast

Bonus Episode: “Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming in a Box” by Gravy Podcast

Before we end 2023, we’re sharing a special bonus episode for you from our friends at Gravy, a narrative podcast produced by Southern Foodways Alliance and distributed by APT Podcast Studios. Named the “Publication of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, the series showcases a South that is constantly evolving, using food as a means to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, to complicate stereotypes, to document new dynamics, and to give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.

In the bonus episode we’re sharing, “Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming...

Episode 22 December 2023 28m and 55s

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