Dear future student, First of all, congratulations for choosing to be part of this class! As someone who took this class two years in a row, I have grown very fond of it. Personally, I was drawn to the class for the opportunity to learn how to conduct oral histories through a critical historical/ethnic studies lens. While the class has many parts and is actually a lot of work, it is rewarding in many aspects. As a UCSD student, it is easy to get sucked into the bubble that is the UCSD campus. This course offers a unique opportunity for students to see more ofRead More →

Shaun Tuazon, a 31-year-old Filipino American, was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Alameda. He identifies as a homosexual male, grew up as a soft spoken, quiet, artistic individual, and recalls attending Catholic school, being consistently surrounded by family, and hearing that he wasn’t manly enough. Shaun is currently a performer in the theater industry. He claims he found his voice in church and is part of the MaArte Theater Collective for Filipinos in theater. This interview covers topics such as family, coming to identify as a gay Filipino man, and the Filipino American theater community in San Diego. I met Shaun through JudyRead More →

In our group (Marné Amoguis, Aaron Ngan, and Ryan Okazaki), there were two parts of our project: our community projects and our final art presentation. Both share relevant themes in mental health and Filipino American identity. Due to the timing of our partnership with the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), we decided to focus our projects on the intersection of mental health and identity. Considering that May is both Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, it was only fitting. In order to raise awareness about these topics, we decided to participate in various presentations to our fellow students and communityRead More →

On Thursday, May 3, 2019, our Race & Oral History class took a trip to Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, San Diego. Beneath the on-ramp to the Coronado Bridge, Chicano Park is a hidden gem of San Diego with a rich history intertwined with the Mexican-American and Chicano communities of the barrio. This was my fourth time to Chicano Park, but every single time I return, I find even more beautiful murals, hear new stories, and see the developing impacts of gentrification. Prof. Luis Alvarez from the UCSD History Department gave us a brief lecture on the history of Chicano Park. The land that ChicanoRead More →

On May 30th, 2018, I interviewed Bobbie Lizama at the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club in Southeast San Diego. Born in August of 1955 on the island of Guam, Bobbie shares stories of her hometown in the village of Yoña and her upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings. As the responsible eldest child, she knows what each of her family members is up to, even to this day. In the interview, Bobbie also discusses her time in the military. She served in the U.S. Army for five years and continued her working life in civil service, primarily as a human resources specialist. WhileRead More →

  The Senior Lunches that take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Guam Club are the primary opportunities that us students have had in engaging with the Chamorro community. In addition, they are one of the main ways that elders in the community can say hi to one another and check in to hear what each other and their families have been up to. Since the lunches have been dwindling in turnout, the program is in danger of being suspended. In an effort to bring out more seniors, an active member of the club Benni Benavente Schwab organizes live entertainment ranging from karaokeRead More →

  Today’s the day! I was all set to interview Bobbie, whom I had met at the last senior lunch I attended at the Guam Club. I was excited to see how the interview would unfold, and I felt a sense of professionalism as I carried the voice recorder bag over my shoulder. This was my sixth time to the Guam Club so it was starting to feel like a “home away from home” to me, just like it was to many Chamorros in San Diego. After Bobbie arrived, I wanted to get started with the interview, but she urged me to eat first. RealizingRead More →