EJ David has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a number of books to his name on race, identity, and marginalization. For most of his life though, he struggled with these concepts and still recalls his fears of being called a FOB (or “Fresh off the boat”, that derogatory term for new immigrants).
The most important lessons he learned though were not from academia, but from his wife, Margaret. Side by side, they are healing in real time from past traumas, and unlearning the damage of a colonized identity through their children: Malakas, Kalayaan, and Kaluguran.
Through the Davids, we too can learn to embrace what we are made of: not the bits and pieces that make a whole, but the everything and more that continues to enrich our identities.
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Filipinos are taking root across the world as immigrants and new citizens. From Middle America to Hawaii to Alaska, our Intersections series reimagines who we are and how we can better ourselves and the communities around us.