Here is a poem, “Shared Roots,” by Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr about reaffirming our identity as Filipino-Americans. It was inspired by an incident where someone assumed that we are not really Filipino because we were born in the United States.
We have performed this on more than one occasion, but it does not mean its message is done and over with. Having a hyphenated identity, torn between Filipino and American, is a prevalently reoccurring issue in the community that does not disappear after a performance, regardless how many times. As writers, we speak up when we can so people know that they are not alone, so we know that we are not alone.