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27 Feb

A few words to describe the oft-mentioned ‘sequester’.  (As a challenge to myself, I will insert each of the words, once,  from the title instead of the s-word in this post in italics.)

I will admit that this block on federal spending is really confusing.  It is easy for more partisan critics to blame the other side that will bring to end some loved programs.  There are so many articles now on the close off that is about to potentially happen: Continue reading


Scarcity of Rice

25 Jan
English: Coat of arms of the Philippines

English: Coat of arms of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is something so important about rice to me.  It is how I was brought up, and I’ve eaten it with more than half my meals.  It symbolizes fertility and wealth.  I can’t go a week without it.  It explains my culture in so many ways.  The rice cooker is nearly synonymous with being a Filipino.  The Philippines used to be an exporter of rice and may soon be again, but it is importing it in the meantime. Continue reading

Filipino-American Pride

15 Oct

Sometimes I check the box Asian, but it doesn’t really describe how I feel.  Neither does Pacific Islander.  I may not always imbue it, but I am immensely proud when a Filipino/-American achieves something in politics.  Steve Austria is the first first-generation Filipino to be elected to the US House, a republican from Ohio.  But I am hoping for even more.  With a record number of Asian-Americans running and being elected, the country is starting to realize that there really isn’t such a thing as ‘winning’ the Asian-American vote.  If you disaggregate the group, you’ll be surprised (most likely) that there are stark differences in various ethnic groups.  As stated in the NPR article “More Asian-Americans Seeking Higher Political Office“,

Among those Asian-American who are planning to vote, most favor President Obama. But, there are sharp variations within this incredibly diverse group.

Almost 70 percent of Indian-Americans support Obama. Only about 30 percent of Filipinos do, however, and a third of Asian-Americans overall are undecided.

I know that race/ethnicity shouldn’t be so dominant when choosing the right candidate.  As someone who opposes affirmative action (in the most general sense), I still believe that race/ethnicity is important to voters, especially for me.  There is something great when you can vote for a person who knows what it was like and will legislate/govern with that in mind, when your candidate knows what it was like to experience racism (both subtle and overt), and how your own culture will guide how you legislate/govern in office.  I rarely talk about the role of being Filipino in terms of politics, but it does play a role.  I urge all candidates to actually get to know their constituents, instead of just pandering to them.


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