ALPAS Culture / Musings / Updates

Alpas (v. in Tagalog) - to become free, to unwind and break loose, to untether from all that has confined you. Alpas is a personal project to explore my ideas openly and freely.

March 15, 2019

In light of the recent admissions scandal, I consider my experience as a first-generation, low-income student of color and important considerations to make.

March 11, 2019

The 14th annual DisOrient Asian American Film Festival is coming up! The festival focuses on film, music, and other forms of art that showcase the Asian American experience- including complexities of identity that demonstrate how minorities are more than just “the Othe...

December 19, 2018

"I am my ancestor's wildest dreams." - Brianne James

Image below is by artist Natalie Bui (2018).


In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan first docked onto the island of Guiuan, and so began the 400+ years of colonialism and imperialism that the Philipp...

September 11, 2018

“To a degree that we seldom realize, we depend upon the participation of others in our lives, and upon our own participation in the lives of others. Our success and effectiveness as persons is based upon this participation, and upon an ability to maintain a controlling...

September 6, 2018

When there are so few opportunities to represent a marginalized community, every action innately becomes a signifier for greater, politically driven meanings. Each and every artistic decision thus becomes open for critical dissection. Crazy Rich Asians is a big-budget...

August 31, 2018

Hello, all!

Just an update: I am excited to announce the launch of Alpas, a new blog that explores culture, media, and identity. To kickstart Alpas, I am currently working on articles that focus on the exploration of Filipino identity, cultural preservation, and represe...

January 24, 2018

After transferring to the University of Virginia from New York University's Liberal Studies Program, I was very confused as to why almost all of my coursework had transferred in as Anthropology credit. At the time, I was pursuing a Psychology major with a concentration...

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