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ItemRecasting Our Relatives: Eroding and (E)Merging Filipino Connections(University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education, 2017)What is the future of Filipino in Filipino American? What counts as Filipino in Filipino American? Who counts as Filipino in Filipino American? These are the questions I pose in light of demographic shifts over time and the advent of science and technology, including genetic testing. I launch my inquiry by first exploring indigenous perspectives and methods concerning Filipino identities. Secondly, I engage in storytelling methods that help illustrate the main themes that emerged from this inquiry. Thirdly, I explore some of the implications for self-understanding implied by recent developments in DNA testing. And finally, I focus my analysis on the future utility and continued relevance of what it means to be Filipino and Filipino American.
ItemTinalak: Weaving Dreams as Filipino Educational Praxis(University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education, 2017)Tinalak is not simply a woven pattern, an indigenous artifact, or a piece of clothing made from abaca fibers. It is a vision and a dream received by the women of the T’boli community in Mindanao, Philippines. The dreams are received by the weaver from the spirits and ancestors and guide their hands to create the intricate and beautiful patterns of the tinalak.