Last week was Filipino Awareness Week at UofT. Yes, thats right, a week to be aware of us hobbit-like folk. There was a forum set up in 2 parts. The 1st part was a group of 20something Filipinos that was asked the question, "Were you ever ashamed of your Filipino-ness growing up?" The question was apt and poignant despite the use of ness. But I knew exactly the heart strings that this question was tugging on. Having moved to Canada with my family 20 years ago, I experienced several years of trying to bury my "Filipino-ness".
Anyways, before I go on a rant. Here is a video of the best part of the forum. Im gonna have to let gestate the stuff discussed in that forum for another week so that I don't sound like a curmudgeon.