This is an EXCLUSIVE discussion from the Filipina Soul Sisterhood Circle, which we’re posting because it is so moving and important. Our sisterhood meets online every Thursday, and through out the month we are doing activities, journaling, having discussions, meeting with Filipina leaders & experts. Join here!
Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is leading expert on contemporary Filipino issues, and a professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is also the founding faculty director of the Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, the first of its kind in the University of California system focused on the Filipinx experience in the United States, and she has written extensively on the Filipino experience (a short list can be found here)
- She’s one of only a handful of Pinays who research, write and teach on Filipino topics that have reached the highest ranking in the professoriate, full professor, at a major research university in the country. She is venerated in Ethnic Studies Academia and has been a leading force in making Asian American/Filipino American studies accessible to all..
We will learn:
- Her story and how her endeavors around Filipino American studies has actually been powerful in healing a dynamic with her father
- How our own discoveries of Filipino history & identity can be integrated in our personal lives, priorities and relationships.
- She will also share what losing her eldest son last year taught her about grief, and brought her to pivot points, such as a recent announcement to leave her space.
Rodriguez said she has invested much of her own resources conducting community lectures about Filipino American history for free while she was working three jobs. She realized that doing that is where her heart lies, which is why she is excited to join our Sisterhood Circle!
Dr. Robyn will guide us through personal & group reflections.
- Taking stock of decisions you made this year, understanding the underlying meaning behind it
- How to integrate our learnings around Filipino identity into: a past that needs healing and our present experience
- Practicing STILLNESS and allowing yourself to WANDER