The 2022 Destiny City Film Festival

Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown community event in Tacoma built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. DCFF has traditionally been hosted by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at nearly 100 years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historicContinue reading “The 2022 Destiny City Film Festival”

UH CSEAS virtual Screening of Kung Saan Man Tayo (Wherever We May Be)

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies is hosting a virtual screening of Kung Saan Man Tayo (Wherever We May Be) next month. It will be screening online for free from February 4 to 9, following by a panel discussion with me, my co-filmmaker Kenneth Cardenas, and Maria Karaan on February 9,Continue reading “UH CSEAS virtual Screening of Kung Saan Man Tayo (Wherever We May Be)”

Article out now in the latest issue of Pelikula Journal!

Pelikula: A Journal of Philippine Cinema is published annually by the University of the Philippines Film Institute. It broadly covers national and regional perspectives on Philippine cinema and publishes academic articles, opinion pieces, reviews, interviews, and visual essays. I am so excited to be part of the latest issue that just came out. My essayContinue reading “Article out now in the latest issue of Pelikula Journal!”

The International Conference on Geographical Studies

I have been working on mapping out the routes of a few of the women whose lives I have been researching on for my dissertation. I will be presenting at the International Conference on Geographical Studies 2021 later this week, in Panel Session 3C: “Place-Based & Emotion-based Care and Care-Giving.” The conference is open toContinue reading “The International Conference on Geographical Studies”

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”