Workshops

Check your Peripherals: Media through Brown Perspectives

Through written and spoken word, traditional and independent media, Filipino Americans are making their mark on American consciousness. The 1980's and 90's brought an eruption of forms expressing rage, pride, knowledge, and even ignorance pertaining to our communities. Music, spoken word, theatre, singing, and dance help shape the thoughts, actions, and feelings of the nascent generation. This workshop will explore mass- and self perceptions of Filipino Americans in the media.


Check All That Apply

Emerging generations continually look to distinguish themselves from previous ones and the Filipino American youth are no exception. Coming to terms with a bi-cultural identity presents a variety of challenges for the youth. From pop culture, lifestyles and stereotypes to the differences between American and Philippine-born, this workshop hopes to address not only identity issues but the legacy they will leave behind.


Filipina/o American History: Teaching the World

You learned about Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in school, but why are the terms, "Manilamen" and "sakadas" unfamiliar? As far back as 1587, Filipinos have established communities here in the United States. While not covered in mainstream education, Filipino Americans continue to document their own personal struggles and triumphs. This interactive presentation focuses on how Filipina/o American history is taught.


Old School vs. New School: Bridging the Generational Gap

From writing letters to sending text messages, line dancing to break dancing and Tagalog to English, today's generation barely seems to resemble yesterday's generation. This workshop deals with identifying and strengthening common ground between the generational waves.


Ang Bayan Ko: The Philippines

The nation of the Philippines represents a rich historical tapestry of indigenous groups, war, oppression, revolution, and independence. For many Fil Ams, the Philippines is a place that exists in parents' stories, as a vacation destination, a symbol of what was left behind, and a distant home. How do we as Filipino Americans interpret our relationship with those in the Philippines? What does Philippine history mean to us? This workshop will examine the development of a nation through the ages and its relation to Fil Ams.


Halo-halo (mix-mix): Interracial Relationships

Advances in technology have in many ways eliminated the borders that isolated the world's vast diversity of people. This isn't more true than in the United States, with its citizens virtually representing every ethnic and cultural group in the world. People from different backgrounds are forced to interact. Interracial relationships inevitably happen but that doesn't mean finding common ground is easy. What happens when different values and beliefs merge and clash?


5,6,7,8, DANCE!

With the mainstream emergence of dance groups on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance", hip hop dance is to young FilipinoAmericans what the tinikling is to Pilipinos. Join this workshop to learn some dance moves inspired by the Boogie Bots and JabbaWockeeZ; a trend that is taking America, and Filipino Americans, by storm.