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 →

Felix Tuyay, born in 1950, grew up in San Diego and attended  San Diego City College and San Diego State University where he participated in a Filipino American organization, Andrés Bonifacio (AB) Samahan. He has also participated in numerous other community outreach initiatives such as the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and with KPBS to produce a documentary on Historical Places in San Diego, specifically in regards to Asian American history. He is a now retired professor from Southwestern College where he taught Filipino Studies, Filipino American Studies, Asian American Studies, and United States history. Felix comes from a navy family in which bothRead More →

Judy Patacsil is a professor of Filipino Studies and also is a licensed psychotherapist who leads Mental Health Services at Miramar College. Judy is a second generation Filipina American whose close ties with the community stems from her having grown up and studied here. In fact, her family represents many aspects of Filipino American history, from her father being a pensionado to her mother arriving as a war bride. Now, she serves as the National President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) after being a founding member of the San Diego chapter and holding various leadership positions within the organization. FANHS’s missions isRead More →