RECAP: “Where Is Home?” Educational Dialogue

 

By Kuya Andrew Amorao

In celebration of Filipin@ American History Month, KAMP hosted its October educational dialogue at the headquarters of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). About thirty community members, students, and professionals participated and explored the question, “Where is home?” Thanks to UDW’s sponsorship, participants were also treated to a dinner of Filipin@ dishes from Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main Street).

This was one of the most challenging educational dialogues we have prepared and hosted. What we define as home is different for each person and we found it difficult to separate questions of home from issues of immigration and identity. The planning group came to the conclusion that our idea of home is complex, especially for so many immigrants who may feel like they don’t belong in either the places they originally come from or where they currently reside.

Participants at the educational dialogue embraced this topic and the exploration into who they are and how they define home. The dialogue culminated into a community poem in which each group member completed the sentence, “Home is…” The groups then walked around and read the other groups’ poems written on post it papers arranged on the floor and chose one to read that resonated with them. One of the most impactful sentences came from a sixteen-year-old participant who wrote, “Home is where you take a stand.” We ended the night by encouraging everyone to continue the dialogue about the meaning and significance of what home is in his or her respective community spaces.

We hope you can join us at KAMP’s next educational dialogue as we partner with the San Diego Public Central Library for a film screening of the documentary “Fall of the I-Hotel,” on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:00pm in the main auditorium.

KAMP’s Open House: Discussion or Dialogue?

KAMP_ED_0914To kick off the new school year, the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program will be hosting an open house to to re/introduce folks to KAMP’s mission, values, and work we do. The theme this year focuses on the distinction between discussion and dialogue, a distinction that is the very foundation upon which KAMP was built.

What is the difference between discussion and dialogue?
Why is it important to consider that difference?
What attitudes and values are pivotal to holding a successful and empowering discussion or dialogue?

All are invited to come and explore these questions with us.

Light refreshments will be provided at 7pm with the program promptly beginning at 7:30pm. We respectfully ask that you do not park in the Ansir Innovation parking lot, but on either Engineer Rd. or Brinell St.

We hope you can join us for an evening of community building, resource sharing, and strengthening of relationships!

Let us know you’re coming by RSVP’ing on the facebook event!

For more information, please contact us at kampsd@gmail.com