Jasmine asked in my previous post what my favorite Filipino food is. Answer: adobong manok or chicken adobo.
As I mentioned before, I was born in the Philippines and then moved to the US. My parents lived in the US previously. They studied at NYU Medical Center before heading to Lebanon, PA and then to Florida. They moved back to the Philippines briefly, got me, and returned back to the US. It’s kind-of funny to see them still adapting to the American culture. I mean, do you know how awkward is it to try explaining what a “booty call” is or what “jumping his bones” means? Or the differences between “screwing,” “screwed up,” and “screwed over”? Fun times.
However, as much American culture I bring to them, they also get some Filipino culture back to me. Filipinos are the fastest growing Asian community in US (or so I’ve been told). There are several Filipino organizations and associations that my parents are a part of. There are festivals and balls that are purely surrounded in the culture. All of my best friends (all of them non-Filipinos) have been to at least one of these events and for the most part, they have fun. Simply because they don’t have something like that. I mean, how many times can you say, “Oh yeah, I’m going to a ball tomorrow night”?
I guess that that’s the thing with US and the different nationalities that come to here. Although we’re away from our “home country,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is forgotten. So, here’s a challenge of y’all: see if there’s a cultural festival or the like in your area. Filipino, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Haitian, Russian, doesn’t matter… go to it and learn a little about that culture. If you, yourself, have a strong cultural background or your family does, see if there are any associations or organizations for it and join or at least go to one of their events.
In the end, what exactly is an American? The settlers and founders of our country came here with their different cultures (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish) and they were able to mix and learn from it other. How about now?
Also, Jasmine, pansit is good, too.