By Melinda L. de Jesús
This quantity brings jointly for the 1st time severe paintings via Pinays of alternative generations and ranging political and private views to chart the background of the Filipina event.
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He immersed himself in Filipino culture, learned to speak Tagalog “like a native,” and raised eight children with Mama over the next twenty years. ” Being American carried some distinctive virtues—promises, mostly—such as the promise of economic opportunity, the promise of equal treatment under the law, and the promise of each individual’s right to pursue happiness. Of course, these promises are inextricably tied to the value of whiteness; the history of the United States is a long and repetitive narrative of the inaccessibility of the promises of the American dream to many people and communities of color.
As Memmi explains, “So then, no doubt provisionally, the colonized admits that he corresponds to that picture of himself that the colonizer has thrust upon him. ”30 The “start” of decolonization, then, is often coterminous with contradictory colonial ideologies. Often, decolonization begins with one step forward and two steps back, but there are spaces—in our classrooms, in our literature, and in our honest conversations with one another—where it can begin. ”31 Where I go first is out of my closet, bringing my skeletons along with me and interrogating the reasons why they were hidden in the first place.
6 “Always gather the buds at dusk when their fragrance is not wasted in the heat of the sun,” she said. And while I helped her string the fragrance, she would reach into her pouch and assemble her maman—betel nut, lye, and a green leaf as wrapper. She chopped the betel nut, spread a thin layer of the lye on the leaf, wrapped it, and put it in her mouth. And then she told stories. I thought of my mother, a strong-willed woman with a quiet spirit. My mother does not talk much, perhaps because for fifty years my father has been doing all the talking for both of them and sometimes he even forgets to speak for my mother.