Looking back at the chart Jessica had talked about in our teaching praxis, we did a reflection activity where we picked one point from each column that stuck out to us, then discussed what we picked and why. For me, from naming I chose "to acquire cognitive knowledge about Filipino culture and history" because I do not know tagalog and this acts as a barrier, but to make up for this I choose to learn about the culture and the history. For reflection I had chosen "to understand the generational gap as being constituted by historical realities that shape each generation's experiences" because in my family there is a generational gap. However, with learning more about my Filipino culture it is slightly bridging the gap between me and my elders, and makes me understand that what they did is part of our history and has brought us to where we are today. Lastly for action I chose "to learn to question" because with all of this unspoken and untaught history that we're learning, it makes me question why things happened and why Filipinos are who they are today. -Mariah
Rheanna's narrative was really something that helped to encapsulate another perspective to add towards the overarching narrative of how Filipino-American Health is in America and how it is progressively affecting Filipino communities. For her family, they mostly struggled with things such as
I think the hardest thing sometimes is to learn to accept what has happened to our families in the past, and try our best to keep moving forward and keep being able to move forward and make healthier decisions.
I myself have been making a lot of progress in my own development in my own personal health. Learning to not torture myself by removing what foods I love from my life completely, but trying to find better alternatives and adding more foods that are good for me into my body. And personally, I am actually quite overweight, and I want this year to be a year of change for myself. TMI... But at the very start in this class was actually 175lbs and as of right now I am about 158lbs. I honestly cried at how much I was able to lose and I couldn't believe it. I felt as though I needed the reason to be more justifiable before. Because before what I did wasn't for myself, I had eating disorders and really wasn't losing weight in a healthily. Plus, it wasn't for myself because it was to have others accept me as their definition of beautiful. But now my intentions have become more for making myself feel better and more energized in daily life, and making myself feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin because I wanted to, and not because of anyone else. I think that is a way in which I can help myself and others in the Filipino-American community with health problems feel better about themselves by sharing this.
For our "check in" questions, to keep track of attendance. Rod had each of us to make a question based on "Bakit Why", connecting to why Filipinos are like this, or in any relevance to that of some sort. The question of the day was: "Would life be better if the Philippines was not colonized?". A few students answered and it unraveled to a conversation of imagining life without being colonized. Students said that it would not be better, us students would have a sense of more information of the history of the Filipinos. If you think outside of the box, if we were not colonized would there even be Filipinos in the first place. Rod brought that up to our attention, and I was thinking to myself of how I can not imagine this. Maybe our culture and ethnicity would never be born, or if so maybe I would not be in the United States. Perhaps the skin color and the genetics that make me who I am would all vanish, if my ancestors were not colonized. I could not see myself anywhere else or have a different family, a different lifestyle. On the bright side of it all, me knowing my culture would be great. But, maybe the history of it all will be altered even more than it already was. Colonization ,Rod was expressing created "Filipino". The Spanish created a sense of sharing colonial experiences. The Bakit why question of the day, shed some light of maybe it was best that history was played out the right way. At least now I am trying to make sense of the past of my ancestors, to connect to there journey.
To recap, in class Wednesday we learned about Leny Strobels framework for processing and recovering from the decolonization process. We learned that the process can be summarized in three phases: naming, reflection, and action. Through these three phases, a person is meant to understand what it is that affects their underlying colonial mentality and help to relieve that.
Now, what I'm going to talk about is our own class responses and trying to fill in this framework to better ourselves and the community. Why is understanding this process important? Also, why is it important to use and understand this framework to better ourselves?
So, after discussing what other students filled in for their version of naming, reflection, and action, I found many commonalities. Firstly, many students mentioned that in order to slow down the decolonization process, we must understand what it is that's affecting us and combat it. This can be, for example, researching information on the causes for diabetes and how it ties to colonization (I bring up this point since it was mentioned heavily), and then also finding out ways to combat it which can include eating healthier and spreading awareness on the epidemic. Secondly, many students mentioned that a part of our cultural identity is also affected. This is because indigenous food or social customs get lost within a more recognized, or more accepted cultural standard.
Now, why is understanding this process important and how can we use it to better ourselves? I mentioned it a little before in what other students said, but the framework helps breakdown colonization and how to combat the effects of it. Also, it allows people to critically think about their surroundings and not just accept things on a surface level.
During class, we looked back at the chart I created and had a discussion. In this discussion the people that spoke were to choose one point from each section then explain why we chose what we did. Most people chose what they were most confused about or something that can best apply to themselves. However, that was not the point of this chart. I did not create this chart to show you what you do not know. I created this chart to show people what they must do. If you don't know it that's fine because we are in this class for a reason and it's to learn more about the Filipin@ culture. Within this culture are the concepts naming, reflection, and action and each of these have power in it, just like you and everyone else. We all have names, we all reflect, and we all have taken action in our lives. None of that will change and I am sure there's no way anyone can really stop. This chart is supposed to help us, not confuse us. It is supposed to guide is finding ways to better understand who we are and guide us through decolonization. Naming is to give power, to make something real and to admit that it's actually happening. Reflection is to think things through, to question what was once unquestionable, and to understand something's wrong and needs to be understood and resolved. While action is simply to put reflection into movement, although that probably is easier said than done. All in all this is what it is and this is what we should do. You're lost about who we are? Good, then find us. You're confused about concepts? Alright, go ahead and ask for help and learn something new. You're not ready to do anything on your own? You don't have to! There are groups and movements everywhere, so, go ahead and join one! Again, I didn't create this to show everyone how much they do not know. I created it to show everyone that we've got work to do, so lets go and do this.