Celebrate Being Filipino-American
November 18, 2009
With September nearing its end, it’s time to say hello to October — also known as “Filipino American History Month.” How fitting. This semester I will be focusing on the question “Am I Filipino? Or am I American?” I’ll be looking into the ties that keep Filipino-Americans at bay with their cultural heritage even amidst the growing pop culture of America. I’ll take an intrinsic look into the struggles of different generations of Filipino-Americans face every day in a white-male majority ruled society. From the sakadas to the pre-teen boppers at Serramonte – I’ll take a journey into their journeys of assimilation in America as they hold on to their roots as proud Filipinos.
What does it mean to be a Filipino-American? We are hybrids of two remarkable cultures – filled with history and appeal but most of all pride and loyalty. While the joys of Filipino food, dance, music and culture light the way for us here in America, we must also embrace the struggles and prejudices that have plagued us since the day we first stepped on American soil. Our history is not an easy one, but it is definitely one filled with many stories, legends, tradition and discovery. In fact, I don’t even think that a simple month out of the year is enough to suffice the greatness that is the Filipino-American cultural history.
So I guess what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t just celebrate being Filipino-Americans for a mere 30 days out of the year. We should celebrate our heritage EVERY day. Every second, every minute, every hour of those 365 days should beat the pride we have in our hearts as Filipino-Americans.