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Pinay liminality

highlighting personal narratives of Pinays in the Bay Area

 

pinay ORAL HISTORIES

Pinay Liminality is an oral history project that seeks to preserve the personal narratives of Filipino-Americans navigating the 'in-betweens' of identity in the Bay Area.

This online archive encourages folks to engage in conversation, dare to ask questions, and listen deeply to the nuanced experiences of Pinays/Pinxys in the Bay. Through this archival collection of kwentuhan, we practice Pinayism by putting our Pinay identities at the forefront.

Pinay Liminality, in collaboration with StoryCorps, records 40-minute conversations which are archived in the Library of Congress. The edited audio clips on this site showcase snippets of Pinays telling their stories in their own voices.  Pinay Liminality partners with StoryCorps in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and to create a more just and compassionate world.

"WE DIWA, PINAY, OUR PSALMS BE OUR SALT
WE DIVA, DIWATA; OUR VOICES FOR REAL"
-BARBARA JANE REYES
*We honor and celebrate the stories of all our community. The use of the 'X' in Pinxy or Filipinx is to represent those who identify within, across, and beyond the gender spectrum.
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kwentuhan

 

pinays in the bay

Bettina.

 san jose, ca.

"I am filipina skin, honey-dipped eyes, immigrant bones, and ancestor flesh. I am preservation, adaptation, and everything that comes next."

#ANCESTRY

mONIKA.

SAN JOSE,CA

"I wish [my parents] would be more comfortable with me being Filipino and not so focused on being American, so American that it hurts."

#LANGUAGE

czarina

SAN FRANCISCO, cA

"It's trying to unlearn all these things that my mom hasn't unlearned, what american standards are of beauty."

#BEAUTY #SELF-LOVE

 

COMING SOON

clarisse

fremont, ca

"I begin to know what I know about being Pinay by learning my history because through that I get to know myself."

COMING SOON

Bea.

San francisco, ca.

"It's wanting to claim your roots, but you know you're more American. But America doesn't tell you that. You're an alien."

COMING SOON

JANELLE.

UNION CITY, ca.

"Personally, I don't know my ancestors, but in my heart, I know they fought the revolution"

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pinay liminality

about

Influenced by the course, Filipina Literature at USF, Pinay Liminality is a byproduct of 6 Pinays coming together for kuwentuhan, to write poetry and create pinayist spaces. 

Shoutout to the core of this project:

Clarisse B., Monika M., Bettina F., Czarina L., and Hope D.

This oral history project is organized by Christine Abiba, a fellow pinay whose commitment to understanding their self is almost as fervent for their love for dancing.