Are you going to talk to your kids about race?
As a mother of a biracial kid, I want to prepare myself when Isabelle starts asking questions about race.
As a mother who want to be socially aware, and who want to improve cultural awareness...I know I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know if I’m using the right terminology. I don’t know if some concepts are not age appropriate.
I also know I have my own biases.
So I consulted a scholar. Someone who’s researched and studied race and racism.
I was inspired when I heard the the TFAL podcast on “Colorism” within the Filipino community.
Professor Joanne Rondilla was their guest.
She has done extensive research on colorism and colonial mentality within the Filipino community. If you haven’t listened to it...Check it out it’s episode 88!
Dr. Joanne L. Rondilla is a scholar, author and assistant Professor at San Jose State University. Her educational training is in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D.
A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Professor Jo in Fremont, CA. Over some boba...we talked about the nuanced experience of being Filipino American. We talked about our own experiences in racism...on cultural identity...”at iba pa“ (and more). I also talked to her about my plans with The Tagalog Project, and other possible guest readers for Filipino Storytime.
She will be our guest reader at Filipino Storytime in September!! We are working on a round table discussion with parents on “How to talk to Kids about Race”. This will be a slightly different Filipino Storytime, because we want a discussion with parents. Kids will be participating in open play while the parents are in the discussion.
If you ever have doubts or unsure why it’s an important conversation...Save the date! September 28!
Professor Rondilla will also be sharing the Filipino children’s book “Beautiful Eyes” by Gayle Romasanta.