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What Do You Mean…? A Workshop on Language and Translation

What Do You Mean…? A Workshop on Language and Translation

What Do You Mean…? A Workshop on Language and Translation


Tuesday, May 28, 5:30 - 7 pm CT

What do we mean when we say “democracy”? How do we understand “race”? Who are we talking about when we say “Asian American” or “Filipino?” Different understandings of commonly used terms in our political lexicons impact people’s values and beliefs, and these understandings are often informed by our own histories and lived experiences. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss various meanings associated with different words and what kinds of political possibilities and tensions may arise in processes of translation and interpretation. 

By unpacking different dynamics and definitions associated with certain words and ideas, this workshop also supports skills-building towards conducting intergenerational oral histories and having courageous conversations with a loved one. This workshop is intended for those who self identify as Filipinx/a/o diasporic. 

This workshop is a standalone companion to our Learning From Our Histories workshop on intergenerational politics. You do not need to take the other workshop in order to attend this one. Both workshops are part of a collaborative research project on Asian media, history, and politics between the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) and the Tayo project, and Dr. Rachel Kuo at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Through participating in this workshop, there will be paid opportunities to participate in an oral history and focus group project on diasporic media and politics. 

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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