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Kuya Workshops
 
To follow our mission statement, we provide workshops on Filipino and Filipino American history and culture, as well as other social issues in which to educate our communities. If you are interested in a Kuya workshop, please contact us at kuyas@u.washington.edu
 
 
Asian & Pacific Islander American Social Issues
 
Domestic Violence Kuyas posing with a DV inspired piece by Kuya Erik Dulay
 
We have a variety of workshops on domestic violence which specifically cater to the Asian & Pacific American community, as this is our main campaign. With help from aKDPhi and the APIWFSC, we have workshops that are an introduction to DV and Sexual Assault, and others entitled "Healthy Relationships", "Cultural Belief Systems/Roles", and "Anti-Oppression". In addition to these workshops, we also have developed a theatrical performance entitled "By Candlelight" which tells the story of a family facing Domestic Violence.
 
These workshops have been held at Seattle University, the University of Washington and Washington State University since 2002.
 
 
 
Filipino/Filipino American Culture & History
 
"Symbols of our History; The Evolution of the Filipino Flag"
 
Past Flags of the Philippines.
In this workshop we attempt to answer how we represent ourselves as Filipino Americans through the use of symbols, with focus on the Philippine Flag. We all have the flag hanging in our rooms, hanging off the rear view mirror, or as a bumper sticker, but do we really know what it means, and how it was developed? Through an interactive workshop we intend to follow the footsteps of Marcela de Agoncillo by looking back at the past flags of the Philippines, and then contextualizing this notion of representation by arriving at the question of how we see and represent ourselves and our nationalism from a Diasporic perspective.
 
The objectives of this workshop are to:
 
(1) Identify the symbols used in the past flags of the Philippines
(2) Understand the evolution of these symbols and how they have influenced the contemporary flag
(3) Examine the importance of symbolism as a tool of empowerment
 
This workshop has been held at our NIPA conference (2004), the NWFASA conference (2005), and for AnakBayan's EYE program (2005) and UFC (2006)
 
 
 
"Hermanong; Cross Cultural Connections in the Filipino Community" 
 
Dolores Huelga, Cesar Chavez, and Philip Vera Cruz
Often, as with most Asian Americans, Filipino Americans tend to cluster and rely soley on each other for support and networking. Though this is not necessarily a bad thing it may limit us from connecting our struggle with other minority Americans who are facing the same issues. This notion has sometimes even lead to destruction, as a result of our colonial past which created a mentatliy that turns oppressed groups against each other, rather than helping each other out. By using a historical example of when Filipinos worked side by side with another supressed minority group we hope to address the importance of cross-cultural connections in order for mutual benefit. Our example of when these collabortions where successful was the Farm Labor movements of Filipino and Mexican Americans in the early to mid 1900's. The title Hermanong is a fusion of Hermano and Manong, Spanish and Filipino terms for brother.
 
The objectives of this workshop are to:
 
(1) To compare and contrast Filipinos and Mexicans.
(2) To specify a certain time period of which we will explore these relations.
(3) To understand the importance of creating culturally competent unions.
(4) To discuss the importance of alliances as minorities, and what we can apply them to.
 
This workshop was developed with help from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., and has been held at our NIPA conference (2005), and the NWFASA Conference (2006).
 





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