Asian Cultural Awareness and Appreciating My Filipino Heritage.
(First in a 'series' on being Asian-American) Growing up in Queens, NY, I spent most of my childhood and teenage years immersed in the Asian-American community and in Filipino culture; I've been surrounded by Filipino friends my whole life. I always had lumpiang shangai, pancit (noodles), adobo, siopao, lechon, etc., at church gatherings or family meals. I spoke fairly fluent Tagalog and understood most of my mom's Hiligaynon "Ilonggo" dialect as well. My world was family-ori