This week, I was honored to be featured on The Filipino American Woman, a growing media company and platform for building community and creating a shared space for Filipino American women - started by the amazing Jen Amos.
While the interview involves some deep conversation itself, I am left still thinking about some of the key takeaways in sharing my story in a space like this. For as long as I can remember, I have known that I was Filipino-American and used the label as if it somehow defined me. As if I had some ownership in it. However, it was often a space that I have felt rejected by. Every time I am reminded that I don't know things I'm "supposed" to know--I feel more and more like a shell. Like an impostor.
This is one of many labels that limit or pressure us to fit into a box. Whether it's our gender, race, religion or sexual orientation--we cling to definitions, as Jezyle mentions in the video, to understand the world around us.
These labels are partial glimpses of who we are. Incomplete stories. Our identities are complex and layered. I write to say that I, myself, am still navigating and understanding. That I grapple with my identity on a daily basis. This is just part of the conversation.
Catch the whole interview on Facebook here
Here's a link to the TED talk mentioned in the interview, The Danger of a Single Story