The Thin Grey Line

On the internet, “cultural appropriation” has become something akin to gunpowder. You can almost never mention it without setting off heated debates on what the term really means or whether something does or doesn’t count as cultural appropriation. It’s not that hard to see why either. The problem, however, is that cultural appropriation isn’t some clear-cut is/isn’t label that can be easily applied to a situation.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: We Can Do Better

Yet while this aspect of the film can be praised, it also raises the question of whether Crazy Rich Asians aims to celebrate Asians, or convince everyone that we are just like white people. And if the success of Asian representation in mainstream culture is predicated on the “we’re just like you” mentality, will there ever be space for unapologetically Asian stories?

Hello to Halo-Halo!

The Filipino culture and society, being a smorgasbord of cultural influences, is a halo-halo in its own sense. A jumble of elements, textures, and flavours, the drink-sundae hybrid is not only a to-go snack for the summertime but also a perfect representation of the Philippines itself.

The Pearl of the Orient

That’s what Manila is really about: not hopeless and misguided longing for our city’s ‘glory’ days, but the resilient people who live in it and continue to shape it today. To us, Manila is and will always be the Paris of Asia, the Pearl of the Orient, and, above all, home.