The 1st Final Presentation
Venus Cayabyab was the first to present her Decolonization Project for the SOCI 142 Final. She presented early due to her early Winter Vacation during the actual final next week.
Nonetheless, she put a lot of hard work into her project. Venus painted a Filipina Rosie the Riveter inspired by her own mom. By painting a Filipina Rosie the Riveter that depicts her mom, she shows how decolonization has shaped her perspective on herself, other Filipinas/Filipinos as well as her perception of beauty. She now embraces the "flat noses and brown skin" and is happy to contribute the Filipina into this world's cultural representation-- or at least in the SOCI 142 classroom first.
Great job, Venus! Happy Holidays and have a fun and safe vacation!
As the last day of the semester comes to a close, Jeremy, Kim, and Rod did their best to provide their best feedback for everyone's projects. After Venus' presentation, the students' photography and performances were critiqued by the teachers. The students, in turn, accepted their critique and are looking forward to thrive forward with their pieces.
Good luck to everyone!
Recommendations for Future Research
Current Method of Study
Strobel explains that, in order to create a successful and genuine narrative, one must partake in "pagtanung-tanong:" drawing from the depths of the soul. In other words, one must be shamelessly digging deep into their identity to create a narrative. No holding back. No hesitation. No fake-ness.
Decolonization Education Factors
In order to educate future generations-- to decolonize future generations, one must take different Filipina/o-Americans' generations (post 1965, second, third, and etc.) and variables (e.g. class, gender, socioeconomic status, occupation) into consideration as it takes skill to create curriculum that carefully executes and caters to each factor and generation.
The class then contributed to a large discussion about what new elements can future educators who plan to decolonize in their classrooms use to cater to these different decolonization education factors.
The class learns, accepts and concludes that "there is a need to find new critical frameworks and a new language of discourse that goes beyond the classical assimilation and acculturation models of the immigrant experience" (Strobel, 126-127).
In other words, in order to educate and decolonize future generations, educators must find new ways to accommodate the future generations' learning that isn't dated and is effective.
~Venus Grace Cayabyab
What Makes Art Relevant?
As we were broken up into our Barangays, Jeremy started the lesson off by asking, "What makes art relevant"? Well we all developed the idea that art itself is a form of emotional, physical, and psychological expression, but what makes it relevant? Venus explained how the reaction from the audience is the relevance of art. The way it moves people and the emotion art gives off. Mood is also another factor that is delivered in art. Ricky explains how the artists choice of color sets the audiences mood. For example, if the artist incorporates dark colors such as blues, browns, or blacks, it gives the mood of sadness, numbness, or depression. All in all, Jeremy states that art is the attempt to get a reaction, not just the art on the wall. It is the affect that art gives to its audience that makes art itself so timeless.
What Makes Something Authentic?
Poser vs. Real Motherfucker
Poser - A person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his or her true one. (taken from the dictionary)
Example: People who are aspiring artist such as dancers, musicians, photographers, etc., who like what they do but does not appreciate or lack the history of those aspects
Real Motherfucker - A person who is not afraid to try or adapt to new things and have nothing to hide. They always urge for truth and genuinely accept and apprehend themselves for who they truly are. A Real Motherfucker lives for the past and the present. They respect and acknowledge the history of many aspects that follow up to the present. (too real to be in the dictionary)
Example: Individuals that can go into deep measures bout what they love, not only relating to the future, but also being able to reflect on the past
What does it mean to Decolonize?
Lastly, Jeremy asked what it meant to be decolonized. The class came up with ideas like rejecting the assumptions/stereotypes that restrict us from growing as a whole and reconstructing our cultural identity. Luke shared that thinking critically comes with questioning power. To do so, you must research what power really means.
-Abby Manalac and Allyson Roa
A C C E S S I B I L I T Y
Before getting into Rod's lesson on "Filipina/o American Social Movements: Filipino World War II Veterans", Rod gives the class some background information and other key words to think about as we jump into the topic. Rod speaks to us about EQUALITY vs. EQUITY and how these two words were of such great significance to the Filipinos who fought in WWII. He first draws a version of the illustrations above explaining how equality isn;t always as equal as you think. Equity, on the other hand, must require accessibility (same type of advantages), which Rod says, "Accessibility is needed to reach your fullest potential".
Here, Ricky is presenting his narrative to the class. He expresses his age, ethnic background, and hobbies. The image on the right shows Ricky's original art work as art is one his favorites things to do. He also explains that he is a terrible procrastinator and does not like listening in class. GREAT JOB RICKY!
"We need you all to be a part of this movement...because we're not gonna be a part of it for that much longer."
"Sinigang over ERRYTHANG!" - Manong Wiz Khalifa