Being Filpino-American

Being Filpino-American

Damn, Internet. You have given us two absolute gems in the last few weeks.

First, the Atlantic published “My Family’s Slave” by Alex Tizon, causing a minor conflagration among people of all kinds who don’t like to hear about modern slavery. But if you are Filipino-American, you’ve seen this dynamic from both sides, and you have not been proud of it. It’s alive and well in your own family both here and abroad.

Yesterday, Buzzfeed published “Looking for Right and Wrong in the Philippines” by Albert Samaha. Samaha, an American, went to his ancestral farm seeking answers to why millions of Filipinos and Filipino Americans can denounce the corruption exemplified by Ferdinand Marcos and love Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly rejection of due process. He came away with an astonishingly succinct, respectful, and moving portrayal of one Filipino family and why the whole thing makes perfect sense.