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Organized Panel Session

2 - Exploring the Filipino Identity with Filipino-American Children in New York and New Jersey through Filipino Language and Culture Classes

Friday, March 23
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Thurgood Marshall South, Mezzanine

The Filipino School of New York and New Jersey was founded in 2008 and serves the Filipino-American community in New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding states through a variety of classes related to the Filipino language, culture, and identity. Most of their classes are for young Filipino-Americans and run for about eight to ten weeks every semester. The young people are introduced to Filipino, learn traditional dances, like the bamboo dance ‘tinikling,’ and even martial arts, like ‘kali.’ The founder, Venessa Manzano, hopes that the school serves as “a resource in the community that provided the educational opportunities for those who wanted to connect to and learn about Philippine languages and culture, and meet other Filipinos as well.”

This case study explores The Filipino School’s activities in New York City and their experiences with the city’s Filipino-American community. The study looks at the school’s successes, such as encouraging not only Filipino-American children, but also Filipino-American parents to reflect on their roots, as well as their challenges, such as finding adequate class venues that are easily accessible to families. This study hopes to highlight how the work of The Filipino School of New York and New Jersey is a valuable contribution to the identity formation of young Filipino-Americans in New York City as well as identify the areas where the school’s programming can improve.

Laura Cabochan

The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey, New York

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