Tag: Featured

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Manong Larry for the Kids

“Larry was Filipino like me, Mama?” asked Aya. “Yes he is, Aya,” I answered. Today, I brought a little Filipino American history lesson in my backpack to teach preschoolers. I didn’t know if they’d get it. Or if they’d like the story. But, I tried. With the help of “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong”, published out of the Stockton-based publishing house Bridge … Read More Manong Larry for the Kids

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4 Reasons Why FAHM Is Important for Kidss

October is Filipino American History Month (FAHM)! The month marks the first time Filipinos landed on the Chumash settlement or now known as Morro Bay, California in October 1587. Filipino American History Month dating back to the 14th century reminds us all that American history did not begin when Europeans settled to this country. This country’s history is embedded in the first nations that … Read More 4 Reasons Why FAHM Is Important for Kidss

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Labor of Care across the Pacific

I never thought I’d be able to visit Singapore, much less have my work featured in a workshop at the Multinational Migrations: Onward Migration Patterns and … – (ARI) at the National University of Singapore! In these first few days in SG, I’ve done a great deal of exploring–thanks to my cousin, Jamie and her husband, Jeric, Filipino migrants who have been living in Singapore … Read More Labor of Care across the Pacific

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Labor of Care Fall Book Tour

I’m on sabbatical this Fall! Almost 2 weeks after the Fall semester started for my university, I’m only realizing what a gift this time is. I’m slowing it down: reading a YA novel, writing new ideas, running, going to the tot gym with 1-year old Cy, working shifts at Aya’s co-op preschool, me and Raul even went on a double date yesterday to see … Read More Labor of Care Fall Book Tour

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The Labor of Care on the New Books Network Podcast

I’ve been on a podcast tip on car rides home with my partner, Raul, and when there’s a lgood point to be made, I’m always like, “PAUSE THAT. Because if that was me…” So, finally, here I am on a podcast talking about all things #LaborofCare. Its origins story, more extra cuts and stories that I didn’t fold into the book, and some ideas … Read More The Labor of Care on the New Books Network Podcast

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Labor of Care on HellaPinay’s #GetLit

The Labor of Care is on HELLAPINAY, y’all! In May’s book review roundup from the brilliant Pia Cortez, my book is sandwiched among some pretty awesome titles in their series, #GetLit! I’ve been following hellapinay on Instagram for a while now because its Pinay-centric content gives me my whole life. And when the infamous book-reviewer and homie, Pia Cortez aka the brains and beauty behind Libromance offered … Read More Labor of Care on HellaPinay’s #GetLit

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Bridge City

Often, when I deliver a talk about The Labor of Care, I can’t help but get choked up about the lives and sacrifices of the women in the book. And during my last stop on this semester’s book tour in Portland, it was no different. More so because I began with the story of my own mother, Mama Irma, and her journey to the … Read More Bridge City

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Honoring mothering

On Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor those who are doing the work of mothering: Migrant mother’s caring from afar Mothers who are red fighters Single mothers Queer mothers Nannies, domestic workers, childcare providers Teachers Single fathers Aunties and Titas Ates and older sisters Mothers who have lost a child or children Best friends of mothers Godmothers Mothers-to-be Fictive mothers or Nanay-nanayan Community mothers … Read More Honoring mothering

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Sukli: Children Repaying Migrant Mothers

During my fieldwork, the children of migrant mothers (both adults and young people) used this Filipino word, “sukli”, to talk about how they understood the ways they gave back to their mothers abroad. As someone who left the Philippines as a 3rd grader, my Tagalog is sort of stunted there. I’d always known sukli has the change you received when you paid for something. … Read More Sukli: Children Repaying Migrant Mothers

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Mama Scholars and Scholar Support System

These first few stops on the National #LaborofCare book tour were really exciting! First time in Colorado, first time building with Filipino professors out here and first time for Cy too! 2 big lessons I’ve learned from this leg of the tour is that (1) mama scholars ain’t no joke, and (2) supportive scholar friends give me life! Since Cy is still breastfeeding, carting … Read More Mama Scholars and Scholar Support System

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A revolutionary care filled the room

My Mama approached me, next in line for those who wanted a signed copy of The Labor of Care. Her hands were full. She had bought four copies of the book. With a grin on her face, she said, “I’m giving some to my friends.” My biggest fan. Little did she know, I was her biggest fan. I breathed in a sigh of relief, happy … Read More A revolutionary care filled the room

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Launched!

The co-book launching of The Labor of Care and A Nation on the Line was amazing! The Bayanihan Community Center in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas was buzzing with chatter amongst scholars from the nearby Association for Asian American Studies conference, children playing, community and family members, activists and organizers from the Filipino community in the Bay Area, in particularly the MALAYA Movement against dictatorship and killings, and … Read More Launched!