On October 21st, KAMP facilitated an educational discussion entitled “Who/Where Are You?” at San Diego State University that focused on the connections between immigration histories and how one’s sense of identity is formed.
Attendance at the event was awesome as almost 50 students faculty, staff, and community members filled the Student Life and Leadership Center at the Aztec Student Union.
The dialogue began by placing participants into small groups in which they shared with each other about when, how, and why their family first arrived in the United States. Participants were then invited to explore a visual timeline of major events in immigration law and American history to see the context of their family’s immigration. Afterwards, the Kuyas and Ates facilitated a large group discussion and many passionately shared about the necessity of recording their stories since so much of their families’ experiences are left out of the history books.
The night was sponsored by Filipino American Cultural Empowerment @ SDSU (or FACES) and hopefully is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between KAMP and FACES.