My special guests will be Theresa Smith and Sarah Grzincic from Kamalayan’s “Brown is Beautiful” series of discussion groups. We will be discussing what it means to be a mixed race Filipino-Canadian.
Considering how intensely confused Filipino-Canadians in general are about their identity, we want to discuss what this extra level of being from two blood cultures (plus a third national culture) has on individuals. This will be a whirlwind conversation covering topics from identity politics to how this unique personal identity relates to political worldview.
How do mixed race people relate to ‘Filipino-ness’ (as well as the other half)? Do you consider yourselves Filipino? Does the ‘otherness’ around being mixed help or hurt your being relate to Filipino issues (migrant issues in Can, issues in the Philippines, etc)?
Theresa Smith and Sarah Grzincic are both Master’s Student as OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies for Education). They are community educators who’ve created the Other Art Collective which strives to support expression of marginalized voices using an arts informed approach. For more on the Other Art Collective check out their blog: theotherartcollective.blogspot.com or follow them on twitter @otherartcollect