Ellen-Rae Cachola curated the poetic works of this episode, which features the poems and musical choices of Marie Anamong Ramos, Demiliza Sagaral Saramosing, and Darlene Rodrigues. Enjoy!
This episode is by three Filipina poets of Hawai’i: Marie, Darlene and Demiliza. They reflect on the recent cases of anti-Asian violence and police killings of Black people like George Floyd. They reflect on what it means to be a Filipina woman, an Asian woman at this time, as targets of violence and as resistors of violence. –Ellen-Rae Cachola
Ellen-Rae Cachola Ph.D. curated the works of these poets to reflect on these times, what it means to be a target of violence, while being unseen. 2004 was when she began her journey to grasp what the Hawaiian demilitarization movement means for her as a descendanr of Ilocano plantation workers who settled on Maui and birthed her there. She has interrogated her life path, identity, and purpose through co-founding community circles like Women’s Voices Women Speak & Decolonial Pin@y. Her writing thinks about how imperialism tries to erase histories and identities in one part of the world, then tries to repackage those identities simplified and instrumentalized in another, to fuel inter-group conflict. Ellen-Rae works as an archivist, organizer, and ethnic studies educator to intervene in this by creating intersectional coalitions of motley crews. Her personal website is ellenraec.weebly.com
Born in Baguio, Philippines Marie Anamong Ramos is an Igorot (Kankana-ey) Ilokano poet who immigrated to O’ahu as a child, along with her parents and four siblings. Her Lola Juanita married a sakada (a plantation worker) and one by one, family members were petitioned to join them in Hawai’i. She is a graduate of UH Mānoa with a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. For anyone who may be interested in connecting with Marie, you can find her on instagram @istoryanimarie
Demiliza Sagaral Saramosing is of Bisayan descent with genealogies rooted in the seas shared between the Visayas and Mindanao. Her great grandparents were sakadas who worked in the Ewa Sugar Plantations and returned home only to have her family come back to Hawaiʻi to escape Ferdinand Marco’s 1970s state-sanctioned land-grab wars in Mindanao. She was born and raised in Kalihi, a large working-class urban neighborhood home to Kānaka Maoli and diasporic communities tied to ancestral places throughout the Pacific. Demiliza attributes her passion for justice to her experiences in Kalihi as well as her time studying, witnessing, and organizing political movements in Hawaiʻi, Oregon, California, and Minnesota. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota’s American Studies program on occupied Dakota homelands. If you are interested in connecting with Demiliza, please follow her on Instagram @bisayaxkalihischolar.
Darlene Rodrigues is a 2nd generation Bisaya, born in Wahiawa, Hawaiʻi and raised in Central Oahu. Descending from a long line of rice farmers, chance takers and pineapple pickers, she speaks truth to power as an elderkeeper, writer, community health and faith worker. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Amerasia Journal, Liwanag 2, disOrient, Values of Hawaiʻi Volume 2, Babaylan and Words Matter.
- Kāwili’s “Hawaiʻi Aloha – U.H. Timpuyog & Friends” (from the liner notes)
- LIT: Marie Anamong Ramos‘s “I am woman. I am alive. But so many of us are not.”
- Salidummay’s “Danum” (Water)
- LIT: Demiliza Sagaral Saramosing‘s “Oceanic Radical Resistance”
- Everyday Aloha’s “Keep Strong”
- LIT: Darlene Rodrigues‘s “Women of the Water” & “Eve Poem”
- Grace Nonoʻs “Anugnan“
- Closing words, from Marie: “I wrote [this] at Pu’uloa Beach Park the day after the Georgia shootings”: