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Asian Americans - Local Stories from our API Community

Dr. Theresa Ronquillo

Last May, VPM premiered Asian Americans, a five-episode docuseries that chronicles the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans - the fastest growing ethnic group in America. 

VPM's online screening and panel discussion drew an engaged group of over 250 participants. We heard from Asian history and current affairs experts about ways to support the Asian and Pacific Island (API) community and deepen our region’s understanding of the history, culture, and current climate that members of the API community face. (To view the recorded panel discussion, go HERE.)

VPM also challenged our community to dive deeper into local Asian American stories by asking members of our API community to share stories of family, history, and their experiences as Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Dr. Theresa Ronquillo, owner and operator of the consulting practice Embody Change, LLC, submitted a story about growing up as a Filipino American during the 1980’s. Her short memoire, entitled Holiday Guests, is a touching look back at Filipino holiday traditions filled with non-related family from the same culture but different blood. And the story delves into her memories of feeling a world apart from a country that promised “a better life.”  

Dr. Ronquillo’s story was recently published on Feels Blind Literary website, where she is listed as one of their “40 over 40”authors.

VPM Passport members may still stream the docuseries Asian Americans to their televisions or other devices. To activate VPM Passport or become a member, go HERE.

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