￼Proud to be a filipino?
Definitely yes ! Especially reading good news on how well they become successful in life. Filipinos are well diversified. They are easily adaptable to whatever situations rain or shine. They normally succeeded in every ventures they do due to the hardworking abilities built in to majority of the filipinos.
They will share to us on how they started podcasting. Please read below.
The podcast This Filipino American Life explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States. The Los Angeles-based team — Joe Bernardo, Ryan Carpio, Elaine Dolalas, and Mike Nailat — discuss a range of topics, from mental health and popular culture to gangs and gentrification. Here, Joe explains why the podcasting medium was the right fit for them, and how their site complements their recorded content.
We thought, might as well record our conversations and see if anyone would listen to us.
I’ve been studying Filipino American history and culture for years . I was looking for a way to discuss issues in the Filipino American community, but not necessary known or discussed in mainstream media (or even ethnic media). I came up with the idea of a Filipino American podcast partly to fulfill this void.
I approached my friend Ryan about starting a podcast. She brought on her husband Mike, who produced all of her podcasts.
We wanted a podcast that tackled issues and cultural trends in a lighthearted, humorous way. We wanted to mix the seriousness of 92.3 The Beat’s Street Science (from the 1990s and 2000s) and the humor of KROQ’s Kevin & Bean show. All four of us are involved with the Filipino American community in some form, so many of the issues on TFAL come from our experiences. And we all value humour as a means to bring people together.
Why podcasting more suitable than a collaborative blog of interviews and conversations?
We’ve been podcast listeners for a number of years and big fans of the medium. (Los Angeles commuter traffic will do that to a person.) It’s also more conversational: a podcast discussion is more of a collaborative process of teaching and learning. There’s more room for humor, contemplation, and debate. With blogging, there’s a greater opportunity for refinement, but in many ways podcasts are more honest because they elicit more instantaneous thought.
What has been your most popular episode to date? The most rewarding? The most challenging?
With blogging, there’s a greater opportunity for refinement, but in many ways podcasts are more honest because they elicit more instantaneous thought.
By far, our most popular podcast has been our gang episode. Gangs were a big thing in the Filipino American community during the 1980s and 1990s, but kind of fell out of the public consciousness. When we released the episode, our downloads and website hits blew up. I think it was probably the nostalgia of Filipino American gangs that attracted some to the episode. For others, it was the curiosity of supposed Filipino “deviancy.” Whatever the case may have been, that episode really helped spread the word about TFAL.
The most rewarding episode was the one about mental health. While we’ve gotten the most feedback about the gangs episode, the comments we’ve gotten from the mental health one have been eye-opening. It’s a topic that is considered taboo, and by talking about our own experiences, we’ve hopefully made it easier for Filipino Americans to talk about the subject with their family and friends.