leny strobel

What does "Indigenous" mean

From the perspective of a Filipino in the diaspora?

“I use the term indigenous to refer to the self that has found its place, its home in the world. Emptied of projections of ‘inferiority,’ 'third world,’ 'undeveloped,’ 'uncivilized,’ 'exotic and primitive,’ and 'modernizing,’ it is the self capable of conjuring one’s place and growing roots through the work of imagination, re‐framing history, and re‐telling the Filipino story that centers our history of resistance, survival, and re‐generation.”

-Leny Strobel, Filipino American author and scholar