On Thursday (4/14/2016), we started off class by eating food prepared by our guest speaker Allen Ocampo. In the beginning of class we all took a few minutes to taste the dish and write down our thoughts. After, we all came together to share our thoughts about the dish Through this one dish, we all were able to share similar past experiences with this dish either at family parties or as a kid. But once again, why is this fruit salad considered a Filipino dish?
Over the years, colonialism has greatly effected the food within our culture without us knowing. Many food production facilities such as Del Monte and Nestle have offshored their facilities to exploit the cheap labor and land of less advantaged countries. By doing this they have ingrained the idea of convenience and longevity of canned goods and changed the way we prepare our food. This idea of convenience and long shelf life in canned good explains why the fruit salad we all know is entirely made of processed American ingredients instead of actual fruits. As kids, we would also remember all our aunts and uncles bonding together in the kitchen by preparing food. But as the years passed this idea of convenience has interrupted our ritual Filipino food ways. Now instead of actually preparing food together and conversing, we would just stop by Filipino fast food restaurants for food.
Not only has food colonialism disrupted our ritual Filipino food ways of preparing food together but it also has changed our past diet of seafood and vegetables. Our diet now consists of oily foods such as Lumpia or Adobo because of the expansion of fast food chain restaurant such as McDonalds into the Philippines. Through these examples, we can conclude that the food within our culture was never greasy to begin with but has greatly changed due to colonization.
On Tuesday (2/9/16) we participated in a group activity where we asked several questions to our
classmates. This activity included being able to learn more about our peers and their families. We first
counted off into two different groups and got into two different circles. After getting into circles we
were given a question and thirty seconds to answer it to a person in the other group. These questions
ranged from “how strict are your parents” to “what does family mean to you.” While listening to each
others responses we were able to see similarities and also differences in each others answers. This
activity really allowed all of us to reflect on our lives and how similar they turned out to be. This was a
very unique opportunity because normally when you interact with your peers you don’t talk very much
about these certain things. This information helps us to better understand each other by knowing how
our peers think.
On Tuesday the 9th we started out with Mary telling us her narrative of what her cultural identity is. She said it was her PURPLE Wallice-she pronounces it in a different dialect. A "wallice" is a stick sweep and surprisingly it works just as good as a vaccum from my standpoint. It reminds her of her grandparents because she grew up with them. She learned many life values from them that impacts her today.
Do you know what a barangay is? Barangays are everywhere from organize groups, your group of friends, basically your whole squad you hang out with. Essentially a barangay is a clan, or a tribe. In Indigenous precolonial times the Indio Filipino's would usually have a male chief (Datu) and the female head chief the (Babaylan). So before the Spanish came they already had government! Balangay is a boat, so in order to trade, explore, and journey in their Barangay they would use the ocean to their advantage. Transitioning to bayanihan, it is when your barangay or the community helps each other through the spirit of Kapwa and camaraderie. Since there where typhoon and floods, the bahay Kubo (hut on bamboo sticks) the community would help each other move the house to a more safer and comfortable area. Wow, imagine all that walking and selflessness! Honestly, I would be hella lazy. But learning these terms helps me think about how to treat my very own Barangay's in life.
Do you believe in super natural stuff? For instance my family, when we first moved in our new house there where quarters at every corner window frame. Because my mom said its good luck. Or when my grandmother would open all the windows in the house during New Year's, to let out all the bad energy or spirits of last year. It's the notion of Animism; The belief in a supernatural power that organizes and animates the material universe. That brings me to the term Bathala' , means that their is spirit and life in everything. Historically it's like faith in a Filipino description. That we are made together not separately, but we are conjoined to one another. Bathala's brief summary that i know is that we're dropped by a Filipino eagle from 1 bamboo stick and we where split in half. Their is many significant symbolism that we can go in depth, ultimately its the belief that you and me have a shared identity and that everything has spirit and life.
My name is Amanda and I was born and raised in San Francisco. San Francisco is a melting pot of incredible diversity and this was a major factor in what made me the person I am today. One of my parents is a native San Franciscan and the other was born in Hong Kong but moved here at a young age. This is my first year at Skyline College and I plan on transferring to a four year college. My hope is to go into the medical field and be able to help people. My hobbies include basically any sport, music, reading, writing, and visiting Disneyland. I sometimes enjoy drawing and photography during my free time. I love watching movies and television shows. The Office is one of my favorite shows of all time! I love all types of food and I really enjoy eating. Food is life! I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. Music has always been a creative outlet for me to express my feelings and it has always had a calming effect on me.
“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Hi everyone! Weirdly I have two first names; Lilly-Amanda but I like to just go by Lilly! I'm 18 turning 19 in June and I was born and raised in San Francisco. Im currently a freshman at Skyline and I hopefully plan on transferring to 4-year university by Fall 2017! As of now, I am a Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology major who is also planning to minor in Early Childhood Education. With a biochemistry major I plan to go into pediatrics or work in pharmacy. Throughout my life I was a very family oriented person that grew up with tons of little cousins which was a huge influential factor in me deciding to go into pediatrics. Currently I'm also working with kids as a daycare worker which I really enjoy! On my free time I love to play basketball or eating at new places. I LOVE FOOD! I love being able to check of places i ate at on my yelp bookmark list! This past June I was also a typical Filipino who had a cotillion. Surprisingly it was one of the best decisions of my life. It really helped me to appreciate my culture and be thankful for all the support and love I had through my adolescent years to help shape into the person I am today.
Katrina, Lilly, Jerry, Amanda, Kevyn, Jihad
A funky fresh group with ethnic commonalities and differences that bask's together to make a perfect recipe bringing sweet soul food to your mind. We are called OohBae's like the purple yam. We make you say "Ooh" when we speak and organize. We are Bae's because we are beautiful in our own ways.