A lively roundtable discussion about culture, race, and identity took place between students from University of Washington and Philippine Women’s University on August 4, 2016 in Manila.
The session started with a film screening of “Slow-Jam King”, a film that explores intersections of race, culture, and identity from the point of view of a Filipino-American boy, directed by Filipino-American filmmaker Stephen Mallorca. The film was used as a take-off point in the lively discussions that followed between the students from the two schools. Three Fil-American students shared their experiences grappling with their identities and fitting in while growing up in the USA.
PWU is one of the three universities in Metro Manila participating in the summer cultural exchange program, organized yearly by the University of Washington.
Prof. Thirdee Andersen of UW expressed his gratitude to PWU for being open to this kind of interaction for the past years and said he looks forward to more discussions involving PWU students and the UW students in the future.
PWU Prof. Angel Velasco-Shaw organized the roundtable discussion attended by Professor Vince Rafael, Filipino author and professor from University of Washington and Dr. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, president of PWU who welcomed the students to the school’s Taft Avenue campus.