Growing Up In America as a Young Filipina
One of my early experiences occurred because of my older sister's involvement with Matapang -- a group of Pinays at San Diego State University who were making a statement about women and minority rights. One of their members posed as a contestant in one of the many Filipina beauty contests during that time. She gave a protest speech during the question/answer period about the sexism promoted by those contests.
Being involved during this period definitely had an impact on me as a young woman. It was a period that led me to be open and to understand many other issues. It will continue to be a part of me today, which I share with my daughters, family, friends, the community, and students who continue to advocate for change.