Erin Rose Naparan
“There is no one way to be Filipino. If your family has roots
in the Philippines, then you are one of us.”
– Jan Vincent Gonzales
This project stemmed from my own personal feelings toward my Filipino background and the disconnect I felt from it. I am born and raised in Vancouver BC and grew up in a relatively white-dominant neighbourhood as well as elementary school/high school. I can’t speak the language my parents/family spoke (which is Bisaya) and can just barely understand them. Growing up there was a constant struggle of not seeming Filipino and having ambiguous features didn’t help. Through this project, I got to learn a little bit about my culture, connect with individuals with similar experiences and learnt how to accept the things I may have lacked and recognize those things don’t make me any less Filipino.
The ‘Authentically Filipino’ tool kit and blog strive to create a space for Filipino Canadians. The goal is to encourage conversations within the community through storytelling to facilitate self-acceptance and empower those in the community. This project is dedicated to individuals who never truly felt Filipino enough. This is a reminder that despite what you believe you lack, your upbringing, and your experiences, being authentically you is Filipino enough.
keywords: calming, reassuring, acceptance
Making the Comfort Kit:
Comfort Kit Contents:
Handpainted tote bag with the hopes of sparking conversation wherever it goes.
What prompted me to make a second zine to the kit was when I organized a photoshoot plus meet up with individuals who were willing to share their stories with me and have a conversation.
+ people who couldn’t make it to the in person shoot but gladly shared their stories
final of zine 2.0
Poster Series + Poster:
Authentically Filipino Blog:
This blog was made to encourage the sharing of stories + experiences in the Filipino Canadian community to create connections and unity.