Soy una white babae (“woman” in Tagalog). I am a Filipina American woman, born in Pensacola, Florida, near the naval base. My husband’s family is from Mexico, and we have two little Chicanitos (Mexican American boys), whom I will one day be brave enough to call Chilipinos (Chicano and Filipino). I am studying U.S. Latina/o Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, where I have been teaching Spanish language, literature, and culture courses for seven years. English is my native language, but I speak Spanish as well, and I am determined to one day learn Tagalog. I am interested in foreign language pedagogy, technology and the Digital Humanities, women of color feminisms, LGBTQ Studies, Spirituality Studies, Fil Am Literatures and Cultures, Border Studies, and Diaspora Studies, among other things. In my free time I like to dance salsa and merengue (although I am also secretly a reggaetonera), listen to music, write (even if it’s only a mental note), and enjoy good food and film (together, if possible).

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