- to hear Manong Peter Jamero
- to hear the heartfelt sharing of the intergenerational panelists about growing up Asian and/or Filipino in Sonoma County
- to enjoy the performances of the college students, or chat with Christian Cabuay about baybayin
- to cheer on the models of Marybelle Bustos' ethno-fusion/fashion show
- to be mesmerized by Christine's rendition of Ili-Ili
- to be soothed by the opening and closing ritual by Lizae, Alexis and Titania
- and wish they had been part of the closing circle where we thanked and honored our ancestors and each other as future ancestors.
- to partake of the bountiful and delicious luncheon buffet
- co-create, to collaborate, to cook, to decorate, to share
- listen to an intergenerational panel talk of how we are weaving our connections
- get their books signed by Manong Peter
- get their name done in baybayin.
- model beautiful indigenous attire from Titania's baul/treasure chest and Marybelle's cachet of accessories.
- witness the talented Fil Ams at SSU do their tinikling and hiphop and folk dance choreographies
- meet new people, listen to each other's stories
- support the fundraising efforts of young people who are going to Kapwa 3
- learn and embody new perspectives
- share dreams about our shared future in Sonoma County and beyond
some will see the ethnic/indigenous elements and will raise questions about cultural appropriation. orientalism. exotic self-representation. nativism. some might say that this is all wrong or disrespectful of indigenous peoples' traditions and practices. some will say that we are merely being nostalgic or romantic about our pre-colonial past.
it is usually those who are never present at these events who say these. how can they know otherwise when their books tell them so? visual representations are easy to deconstruct using one's theoretical lenses and assumptions but critical perspectives are nothing more than an invitation to get a closer look at what we are resisting. remember that the shadow hides many gems.
we create the communities that we want to belong to.
so what are you seeing in these photos?