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05/26/08

Permalink 03:50:54 pm, by joseph Email , 1150 words   English (US)
Categories: In real life

Memoral Day

Today is Memorial Day, Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Growing up in Central Oregon, Memorial Day, much like Veterans Day, was just another holiday that gave us a day off from school and a chance to play outside, have a BBQ or go camping in the woods. It really held no significance to me at the time since we didn’t really have or know of anyone who perished while serving their country.

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05/25/08

Permalink 03:40:54 am, by joseph Email , 439 words   English (US)
Categories: Cultural

What the #@^!* is TISOY?

Tisoy. For many of you this probably the first time you hear of the word Tisoy. You are probably thinking to yourself, WTF is a Tisoy? Tisoy is a Tagalog (Filipino) word describing someone who is of mixed race. In my case, Filipino and Scottish.

For many bi-racial and multi-racial people the identity of race always poses a unique situation. Often times they are view by society as being "Half" or placed in a situations where they are viewed as not quite being up to the standards of being "Full". When someone asks me what my race is, I reply "I'm Filipino" invariably the next words out of their mouth are "You don't look Filipino, you must be half?"

I'm sure it isn't said in malice, but I often feel like I have to justify who I am because I am not as dark, I'm not as short, I don't have a button nose, or for some reason I just don't fit into the mold of what they view as what a Filipino is.

So lately when people ask me what I am, I tell them I'm 100% Tisoy which seems to make those who understand Tagalog content. They understand that I'm mixed race, but at the same time I understand, at least in part, Tagalog so I must be Filipino enough for them. I guess many of the older generation the reply of being 100% Tisoy isn't what then expect and my response more than not, is a great ice breaker and I enjoy watching their faces as they digest my response.

For those who insist on me being Half Filipino, can you please let me know what part of me is Filipino? Is my left hand Filipino. How about my ears, which one is Filipino and which one is not. Both of my eyes are brown, so perhaps those are Filipino. I am fluent in one of the two official languages of the Philippines, so perhaps if I learn the other official language, that would make me full.

Perhaps I would be seen as more Filipino if I pronounce my "F's" as "P;s" and my "V's" and "B's" or added stuffed animals in my back windows of all of our cars.

So, what is a Tisoy? Well it is, as the philosopher José Vasconcelos Calderón states in his essay, La Raza Cósmica, it is the fifth race, the next step up in the evolutionary chain. Or in today's politically correct terminology, A tisoy is simply a Hybrid.

When was the last time you enjoyed the thrill of an original hybrid? And no, I"m not talking about the Toyota Prius.

04/29/08

Permalink 04:09:37 pm, by joseph Email , 45 words   English (US)
Categories: Announcements [B]

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to my blog space. In the coming days weeks and years I hope to start putting up blogs here for folks to read. With all the thoughts that go around in my head I figure this is the best place to put them.

Joseph

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