Silent Sacrifices: A Documentary and Dialogue

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Join the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) and Filipino American Historical Society (FANHS) on Wednesday, November 22nd to view SILENT SACRIFICES: Voices of the Filipino American Family (2001, 25min) and discuss an insightful & historic perspective of Filipino American family dynamics:

WEDNESDAY 11/22, 7-9PM*

*Free parking on campus after 7PM

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“An insightful study of Filipino American family dynamics and psychologies, SILENT SACRIFICES delves into the cultural conflicts Filipino immigrants and their American-born children encounter on a daily basis. Frank discussions between teens, young adults and their parents reveal how issues of ethnic identity and opposing Filipino and American values contribute to youths’ bouts with depression, parenting difficulties and inter-generational misunderstandings. Intent on breaking the silence that allows dysfunctions to develop, the documentary and its accompanying educational guide offer an invaluable starting point for enhancing family communication within one of the country’s fastest growing demographics.”

Source: CAAMedia



But what does it really mean? Is it a pseudonym for your local college DJ? Is it the person who created cerebro? Why has it replaced the “a” or “o” that usually came at the end of Filipin-?

Genearlly, to use “x” means to be inclusive of other gender expressions beyond the masculine/feminine binary. Though this ED does not just specifically focus on gender/sexuality, we will consider the general complexity of identity and how it shapes (or doesn’t) our politics. How and why do we identify (or people identify us) as Filipino or FIlipina or Filipinx? What does that identity mean to us? What does claiming that identity mean for the political positions we take and the activism we engage in? How do we form community with other folks who may be at different places in their understanding of their racial, gendered, sexual, and national identities?

Join us for this month’s educational dialogue at the University of San Diego in Serra Hall, room 215 on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. as we explore how our identities intersect with Filipinx/Filpinx American struggles, rights, and accomplishments.

Parking is free and light refreshments will be provided.

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Pilipino Flag: Symbolism, Struggles & Liberation

We will be exploring how the Philippine flag changed over time, its symbols and its stories of struggles and liberation. In this safe space, fellow community members will additionally have the opportunity to share a time they experienced a personal struggle and liberation.

The dialogue will take place at USD on March 22nd from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102 (Executive classroom). Parking is free after 7 pm but be sure to avoid “reserved 24/7” spots!

This dialogue is open to the public, so make sure to invite your friends, family, and anyone else that’s down for open dialogues!


By Kuya Eddie Bernardo

We “hopped” aboard the Mentor Ship at SDSU and fellow KAMPers and community members had the opportunity to get to know one another and listen to each other’s perspectives. We discussed the differences between traditional mentorship (mentor-mentee) and with other unconventional forms of mentorship (peer mentors, mentoring on the run, etc.). It was a wonderful experience sharing our individual backgrounds of mentorship so that we could come together to develop a more well rounded idea of how to mentor.

USD FUSO 5th Annual Ugnayan Conference

On November 21st, KAMP presented at USD’s Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization’s (FUSO) annual conference. The 5th Annual Ugnayan Conference had as its goal the deconstruction of the “Me vs. You” mentality that perpetuates systems of oppression and the building of solidarity and alliances.

The title of KAMP’s workshop was “Can We Talk?” and focused on building dialogue across generations, especially within families. Using clips from the emotional documentary Silent Sacrifices about Filipino families in San Diego in the 1990s, the Ates and Kuyas facilitated a conversation about why misunderstandings arise in families and how to build productive dialogue.


KAMP & UC San Diego Service Learning

This past fall quarter, KAMP has had three amazing UC San Diego students – Douglas, Aneeka, and Dana – fulfill their service learning hours with us.

On November 19th, they presented their final service-learning project at UC San Diego’s Cross Cultural Center, a workshop exploring the formation of ethnic identity. The workshop began with an ice shaver activity that had students investigate the power of stereotypes. Then Douglas, Aneeka, and Dana showed the first episode of Fresh Off the Boat to spur a large group discussion about what it means to be Asian American. Lastly, the workshop ended with a privilege walk to help students see how complex identity is and how power and privilege are related to how we identify and how society identifies us.

This the second quarter that UC San Diego has hosted a service-learning project with KAMP and it won’t be the last!


KAMP @ SDSU: “Who/Where are you?”

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.