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Friday, December 23, 2005

Yeah, I understand that excess cultural pride does things like dredge up centuries-old conflicts because the cast of Memoirs of a Geisha is mostly Chinese. And, I understand how tempting it is for non-Asians to sit in their non-Asian neighborhood (yeah, except for That One Family down the block) and wish that they'd just "get over it."**

Yet, I feel that pride whenever I see that ethnicity can have its upsides.***
Gift Boxes Help Migrant Filipinos Keep Ties to Home
by Mandalit del Barco

Morning Edition, December 23, 2005 · In her one-bedroom apartment in South Pasadena, Calif., Gladys Price listens to holiday songs on the radio. But it can't quite compare to her Christmases back in the Philippines, when she'd wake up before the roosters to attend the misa de gallo, or early-morning mass.

Two years ago, Price left her son Lance and her relatives in Manila for more opportunities in the United States. She now works for a pharmaceutical company and is married to an American. But this year, she sent her love home in a large cardboard box -- what's known among Filipinos as a balikbayan box.
**Screw it, I'm Asian: Get over it, already! :)
***And, I got some sticks for you, if you don't like it ;)
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