Writing About the Pilipin* Community

Below are links to essays, interviews, reportage, and op-eds I’ve written about the Pilipin* community in the US.

Filipino American History Month exhibit at Princeton featuring NExSE collective navigates postcolonialism and liminal spaces beyond,” Asian Journal, New York & New Jersey Edition (also online), September 30, 2021.

In Manhattan, a Makeshift Forest Is Haunted by the Ghosts of Imperialism,” Hyperallergic, June 20, 2021: The location of Maya Lin’s “Ghost Forest” next to the Flatiron building evokes for me, a Filipina American, the legacy of the architect Daniel Burnham.

Bridging Communities at the Blasian March Pride Rally,” hella pinay, June 10, 2021: Celebrating intersectional power and joy in Brooklyn.

Who Cares for the Caregivers?” The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop), May 17, 2021: A Filipina nurse’s family life during the pandemic in New York City.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Witness To A Devouring Monster,” hella pinay, May 14, 2021: A film anthology challenges the boundaries of Pinxy representation and imagination.

The Past Is Always Still There: Luisa A. Igloria,” The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop), April 14, 2021: An interview with the Virginia Poet Laureate on poetry as witness, colonial history’s hauntings, and her longstanding poem-a-day practice.

“‘You either have a seat at the table or you’re on the menu,‘” The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop), November 27, 2020: Filipino American activists in New York resist invisibility and displacement.

The Little Brown Brother’s Burden,” The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop), May 29, 2020: From the crop fields in the 1900s to modern-day hospitals, the history of Filipinos in the U.S. is a story of survival and resistance.


Black Henry: Charting New Ways Forward in Filipino History,” CUNY Forum (Asian American / Asian Research Institute, The City University of New York): Luis H. Francia’s latest play reimagines a moment in Filipino history to chart new ways forward.