comments 14

Life Lately 004: Identity

This is probably the understatement of my life, but I talk about being an immigrant a lot. It’s such a defining part of who I am, and I don’t know that I would be able to see the world as I do if I didn’t have that firsthand experience. Lately, I’ve been having to face my identity head-on. From Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to politics, and even Beyoncé’s latest work, I’m reminded everyday that my identity is complex.

NBC Asia America Presents

If you didn’t know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. If you know anything about me, my Asian American identity is very important to me. I still think Asian Americans are so highly underappreciated and are so often pushed to the side because of the “Model Minority” label we’ve been given. I’m glad that a major media outlet like NBC has been highlighting our presence throughout APAHM.


The Philippines has a new president. If you want to know how I feel, just watch John Oliver. I want to believe that this isn’t a precursor to what’s going to happen for the elections here in the US. However, if a religious country like the Philippines can vote in an unapologetic, politically incorrect man into the presidency, who’s to say what can happen stateside? Could you imagine — Trump and Duterte? It’s a tough vision for me to imagine or even accept.



I watched Lemonade straight through — all 66 minutes of it. This is the most personal work I’ve ever seen from Beyoncé, and I’m glad she shared it. I loved that she explored her identity in this work, and I can’t help but analyze the intersections and underlying themes. I know that people think Beyoncé is a bit overrated, but Lemonade is really all that it’s cracked up to be. I listened to her entire discography the other day and it’s corny but I’m proud to be part of the Beyhive. cheese

What’s been on your mind lately?

Playlist from NBC Asia America Presents
Beyoncé image taken from “Lemonade”
Featured Image from Steve Breen/Creators Syndicate


  1. Ahhh, Duterte! Where does one start when the topic is about him? Oftentimes his mouth is appalling, but I just wish that once he officially assumes presidency, he lessens talking that way. I wish I’ll be able to see the change those who voted for him are so excited about.

    • Hahaha! He’s like that uncle that just doesn’t know how he comes off! I’ve come to terms with the fact that he is the President-elect and that it’s better to be united as Filipinos. But, yes. I do hope his promises for “change” do pan out and that he’s not all talk. I also really, really hope he learns how to filter himself as he is representing the Filipino people.

  2. I can’t imagine having to go through 2 election in a year! I barely made it to this year’s PH elections, and yes, that scenario happening in a highly conservative country irks the hell out of me 🙁 I don’t approve of the new president -elect, but I hope he does this country some good.

    • Girl, it’s so stressful! I’m barely making it through the rest of this election year! But like you, I hope that there’s good that comes out of all of this craziness!

  3. My Twitter timeline has been abuzz with all the nonsense Duterte has been pulling. I’m disappointed to be honest. I just hope the next six years won’t be too terrible. And I hope the US election goes well too! 2016 has been very stressful.

    • I’m hoping for the same! There are so many issues at the forefront right now and this time around I feel so compelled to speak on them. I don’t know that I was like this the last couple election years I’ve been able to vote!

  4. I watched that episode of John Oliver and that whole situation seems like bad news, like Trump’s presence can be. Identity is hard, it’s more than national borders, as it’s how we define ourselves.

    That’s how I always felt about identity.

    • It looks like he’s actually trying to make some changes, with influence from Singapore. So, I’m hoping that’s a good sign and that what we saw on the campaign train was just some media bias. But, I don’t know. It’s too early to tell!

      Identity seems to be one of the things that’s always changing as we move forward. I don’t think I’ll have the same identity I have now later on in life.

  5. I’ll be honest, despite my cousins posting a lot about the presidential race in the Philippines I haven’t really read into any of it much. I have heard a lot about Duterte and the horrific things he’s done; but politics aren’t my things, so I don’t think it’s my place to comment on all of that. All I know is that my mother is pissed off and annoyed with how corrupt everything has been in the Philippines for the loooooooongest time.

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to Lemonade yet! I’ve heard good things and that it is way more than just about Jay Z cheating on her. Beyonce is gold and she knows what she’s doing when she drops an album like this surrounded by controversy. I love her <3

    • I think I was watching it so closely because of my parents and the rest of my family. I don’t blame your mom about being annoyed, corruption is still so prevalent! However, I’ve seen a few baby steps in this election, so hopefully this is the start of a better Philippines. 🙂

      The majority of Lemonade is definitely about her marriage! haha I think she also tries to deconstruct their issues by digging deeper into who she is and what she’s had to deal with all of her life. The music is great, the film I think makes the music 10x better because of the narrative she adds in-between scenes.

  6. Love the new-old look! Very clean and minimal. Heck, as long as I can read what you post, that’s all it matters to me XD

    I think it’s good you know you being an immigrant has granted you a lot of unique experiences. Frankly, I think it’s good you know you’re an immigrant. I’m still confused on what to call myself since I am technically an immigrant, but yet I haven’t even lived in the states except for one year as a baby, and I grew up in Korea, my birth country, so er yeah. I’m a bit lost LOL

  7. First off, I like the new look of your blog, Shayne! Your homepage is love. I still can’t find myself a new minimalistic theme like the one you’re using now.

    Can’t even imagine how stressful it would be to have to go through two elections. While DU30 is not my first choice, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and the past few days show potential. Hope he can carry through with it. Just really hope Trump won’t win in the American elections. That would be a crash and burn waiting to happen, me thinks.

    • Yes, I think it’s the right thing to do is just accept that Duterte is the president-elect. I do hope that he will serve the Philippines well. To be honest, as politically incorrect and infuriating he was on the campaign trail, I do understand why people were behind him (especially Davaoenos). Trump on the other hand, I think he should stay a businessman.

      Glad you like the look! This is actually an old layout and I’ve just now started using a front page feature. 🙂

Leave a Reply