What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Filipino?” Is it the tropics? Islands? California? New Jersey? New York? Manny Pacquiao? Jollibee? What about immigrants? Domestic helpers? Director Michael Manese talked about Filipino representation on the big screen and the nitty-gritty challenges that Filipino women (Filipinas) face as domestic workers with his new film The Pleasure of Being Served.
There were Asian food, Asian films, Asian culture and a whole lotta Asian peeps at the 20th San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was overall an interesting experience to have seen films directed by and starring Asian women that are not about or focused on, romance as the endgame but instead, it’s about self: self-discovery, self-love, and self-acceptance. Ever grateful to SDAFF 2019 for sending a strong message to Asian women and Asian American women everywhere for featuring stories of women with their own sense of self independent of another.
NOTE: We usually have a resident film reviewer, the ever-lovely Cher, but this time around, I decided on writing this up to tell you a story – my story. Anna here, founder of asienne and here’s my personal take on The Farewell. More on expanded author’s notes below. WARNING: A FEW MINOR SPOILERS (not a sponsored post) Continue reading “Grandma’s On The Roof and She Won’t Come Down”
asienne is very proud to present and showcase these two Fil-Am authors azn’ reppin’ not just Filipinos, not just Filipino Americans, not just female writers, but California-based Filipina-American writers. Without further ado, here are Lauren Lola and Deborah Francisco Douglas with their specific take on their own Fil-Am identity and its intersections:
In continuing our mini-series of creative profiles from the first part of the June 2019 issue, here’s another Fil-Am author making waves with the power of her words. In this e-mail interview, asienne spoke with San Diego-based author, Deborah Francisco Douglas about her Filipino-American identity and her new book, Somewhere in the Middle. This is the second of two creative profiles for the Asian writer’s series specifically for APAHM.