Where are you from? A difficult question for Felicia to answer
Felicia is Filipino and Black American. She was born in the Philippines, stayed there for a while, then moved to the United States. She has lived in Hawaii, California, Louisiana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C and London for her graduate studies. She loved living in Los Angeles and Washington D.C for two different reasons: Los Angeles by its good weather and the fact that it helped her to get out of her comfort zone. Washington DC is a pedestrian city, where there is a lot to do. But living in Louisiana was a bad experience for her. In fact, her classmates made fun of her constantly, her skin color, her hair, some people were saying to her the n-word. So many experiences that have built and marked it. How does she identify herself and what are the consequences?
Growing up as a black American and Filipino
She identifies herself as Black American due to the history of the Black American movement, what is related to black empowerment and so on. She tried to claim her Filipino origins but to no avail. People always justified her presence by saying that her mother is Filipino whether with mother’s friends, the Filipino Student Association. Family members have been very critical of her hair, her skin color considered too dark, that she should lighten her skin. She will never understand why they have a constant need to belittle dark-skinned people. These remarks had an impact on Felicia because deep down she used to think that her sister was more beautiful than her since her skin is lighter and her hair straighter. She worked on her self-confidence to change it. And now she is working on a great project.
Felicia’s project: Woke in Translation
Through her project, she was able to travel across Europe. She doesn’t see herself living there, it would be like déjà vu. For the moment she wishes to explore new lands. By the way, what’s her project about? She is interviewing people around the world about race, racism, and everything that comes with it. These subjects are not sufficiently addressed for her from the perspective of ordinary people. These subjects are highly politicised, but citizens do not really have a say. Her desire to confront various opinions, to understand, to travel, to meet new people, as many reasons as they push her to do this project. An important project to which I wish much success. Look at her youtube channel