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Men and Women for Others


The recent expulsion of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, from the United States due to alleged visa fraud and abuse of her maid, Sangeeta Richard, also from India, brought to the public’s attention the role servants occupy in the lives of middle- to upper-class Indian society.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

The Filipino slur heard round the world and how producers can make amends


Some movies never make it out of the states.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Global Networking

Muted outrage at US immigration

A Facebook page for Carina Yonzon Grande

The humiliating experience suffered by 63-year old cancer survivor Carina Yonzon Grande, when she arrived at the Seattle International Airport on October 1, 2013 to attend her daughter’s US wedding, was covered by the Philippine media.

Posted: November 8th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


Trayvon through Filipino eyes (Zimmerman could have been us)

rocamora photo

I got mugged by a black teenager 10 years ago. I was walking down a street when a young man came up to me and pulled out a gun.

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

KLM Airlines’ denial of Filipino World Youth Day delegate’s flight hit

An Air France-KLM plane on an airport tarmac. The airline reportedly prevented an 18-year-old indigenous Filipino woman, who was en route to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day from boarding on her onward flight on July 20 at the Kuala Lumpur airport because she appeared “not ready to travel” even if she had a folder with full documentation supporting her trip to Brazil.  PHOTO FROM AIRFRANCEKLM-FINANCE.COM

An 18-year-old indigenous Filipino woman who was en route to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day was denied boarding on her onward flight on July 20 at the Kuala Lumpur airport, because personnel of KLM Airlines said she appeared “not ready to travel” even if she had a folder with full documentation supporting her trip to Brazil.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Anti-Filipino graffiti slams Fil-Ams; police probing it as hate crime

A vandal or vandals defaced Filipino-American establishments over the weekend by spraying graffiti anti-Filipino messages, and police are investigating the case as a hate crime.

Posted: May 1st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Global Networking

The 10th anniversary of my Walgreens arrest

Rodel Rodis holding the $100 bill – photo in the San Francisco Chronicle

At a City College ballroom class last month, I introduced myself to a retired sergeant of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). He said my name sounded familiar and I assumed it was because I had served for 18 years as an elected member of the City College Governing Board. But, he said, no, no, it wasn’t that. Then, with a flash of recognition, he smiled and said: “You’re the guy in the memorandum sent to police officers many years ago. You’re that Walgreens guy, right?” Bingo.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »


In Napa, California, an anti-Filipino attack backfires


The letter, arrogant, vile, hateful, was clearly meant to provoke.

Posted: January 16th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Ams targeted in Napa Co. hate mail

American Canyon residents stage “unity-in-diversity” rally Wednesday, January 9.

Residents of this quiet little town nestled between the cities of Vallejo and Napa are on edge after finding in their mailboxes this week a racially-charged letter directed at Filipinos in American Canyon.

Posted: January 13th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Facing up to discrimination

GALICIA was accompanied by her son when she accepted the Paccal award.

When she first worked at a nursing home in Wayne, New Jersey, Evelyn Galicia had to contend with discrimination from her coworkers.

Posted: May 20th, 2012 in Americas,Global Pinoy | Read More »



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