Storytelling to Promote Awareness of Filipino-American Community

The Filipino American Student Organization (FASO) hosts the Midwest Fil-Am Summit at the University of Wisconsin! 

The Filipino American Student Organization will hold the 17th annual Midwest Fil-Am Summit consisting of an opening concert, 18 workshops and a showcase highlighting performers from all over the U.S. The summit, formerly known as the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans (MAFA) Conference, will take place at the University of Wisconsin on March 8-10, 2013.

The conference will launch with a concert Friday night headlining MC Geologic, Bambu and Ruby Ibarra. Featured workshop hosts include comedian Rex Navarrete, renowned muralist Eliseo Art Silva and assistant to the Vice Provost of Diversity and Climate Dr. Ruby Paredes.

The theme of the summit, “Ano ang Kwento mo?” meaning “What is your story?” aims to provoke dialogue about Filipino culture and identity while giving students the opportunity to express their individual experiences.

Midwest Fil-Am Summit (What Does Filipino Look Like?) from Donovan Tolledo on Vimeo.

“We want to illustrate the need for students to not only appreciate the culture that brings us together, but to also be proud of the aspects of our identities that set us apart,” FASO President Donovan Tolledo says.

The first session of workshops focus on exploring the Filipino-American identity and the second helps students find the tools to express it. The third session will consist of an intercultural discussion in which the delegates will collectively discuss the issues that come with multiculturalism in the U.S. Attendees will figure out how they, as student organizers and leaders, can help the community overcome these struggles.

To find out more information about the Midwest Fil-Am Summit and registration, visit fasomadison.com or email fasomadison@gmail.com

Title of event: Midwest Fil-Am Summit
Date: March 8-10, 2013
Time: Opening concert – March 8, 9 p.m., Opening ceremony – March 9, 10 a.m., Showcase – March 9, 5 p.m.
Location: Union South

Story by Ashley Reum (Filipino American Student Organization)

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