The “Treaty Series,” part of the Native Stories Podcast

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nanea Lo of Native Stories about the 1898 Treaty of Paris, the treaty wherein Spain sold the Philippines to the United States. Our talk is part of the “Treaty Series,” a Native Stories project that explores the histories of what transpired and what has segwayed indigenousContinue reading “The “Treaty Series,” part of the Native Stories Podcast”

Jakarta Independent Film Festival

Last month, I had the privilege of being a guest jury for this year’s Jakarta Independent Film Festival. It is now launching virtually today. If you or someone you know lives in Indonesia, please check this awesome film festival out! Their program of 36 films is available to watch for free at the comfort ofContinue reading “Jakarta Independent Film Festival”

Filipina/x in Hawaiʻi: Our Movements, Archives, and Memories

This past weekend, I was honored to be invited to emcee and facilitate a discussion with some very inspiring Pin@ys I have looked up to and continuously learn from, as part of an ongoing exhibit at Hamilton Library at UH Mānoa, “Filipina/x in Hawaiʻi: Our Movements, Archives, and Memories.” The recording of the Talk StoryContinue reading “Filipina/x in Hawaiʻi: Our Movements, Archives, and Memories”

Seattle Times article on Asian American representation

I was interviewed and was quoted in a recently published article by Crystal Paul of the Seattle Times. The article focused on Bruce Lee’s legacy and the continuing struggle for Asian American representation in the media today. I talked about the role of small, community festivals such as Diwa and SEAxSEA in amplifying community voicesContinue reading “Seattle Times article on Asian American representation”

Koboys and Kumadres

I am excited to be part of this year’s Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference. The theme, “Unsettling Transpacific Ecologies,” sounded perfect for my current research, so I submitted a paper I have been working on. Entitled “Koboys and Kumadres: Rethinking kinship and agency in early Filipina migration narratives in Hawaiʻi,” it will beContinue reading “Koboys and Kumadres”

Next week: “Cinema, Cure, COVID: How Do We Go from Here?”

One of the silver linings of this pandemic is that I get to participate in events happening elsewhere in the world, including back home in the Philippines, and everyone else can too! Next week, I will be co-moderating a panel discussion my friend and former orgmate, Yam Palma. We will be discussing cinema in theContinue reading “Next week: “Cinema, Cure, COVID: How Do We Go from Here?””

“A String of Specters:” new essay out now!

An essay I wrote, “A String of Specters: Reflections on the Haunting in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees,” was just published in Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, for an issue on “Southeast Asia: Comparisons and Cross-Border Linkages.” You can view the journal issue here. I wrote it as part book review, partContinue reading ““A String of Specters:” new essay out now!”

AAS Conference 2021

This week is the Association for Asian Studies 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. Yesterday’s Presidential Address by Christine Yano was very interesting and inspiring. She talked about the traditional Japanese musical performance form “Chindon-ya,” wherein the troupe performs while walking down the streets and alleyways, bringing music and happiness wherever they went and promoting local shopsContinue reading “AAS Conference 2021”

New Year, New Website!

What a year it has been for all of us! In preparation of the new year, I decided to revamp my website and make it neater and more streamlined. I am grateful for the experience I have gotten working with wordpress for work, and it’s made me a lot more comfortable in the medium. HopefullyContinue reading “New Year, New Website!”