Hello and welcome!
I decided to open this blog as part of my small network of blogs hosted by my non-niche personal blog, The ADRICULOUS Life. It would have been easier, development-wise, to just open a separate section or category within my personal blog, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist by organizing themes by subject. Also, I’m trying to get into the habit of niche blogging, and so far, even though I haven’t been completely active, have been doing just that.
My niche blogs are here:
- The NINPOJineous (web dev, technology, learning updates, etc.)
- Adri Mars INK (fiction, book/novel reviews, art)
- AXCEL STYLE (MADKID fansite)
And then, my subsite blogs under The ADRICULOUS Life Network:
- Symmetry (beauty and health – inactive)
Moving on, I’d like to introduce to you my newest blog project: ASIATIC TAKES by Adrianne.
Why “ASIATIC TAKES”?
All my life, I’ve been surrounded by an eclectic collective of Asian cultures mixed in this melting pot, even if I grew up and currently live in the U.S. Not just that, I also discovered and embraced every Asian culture I have been exposed to. The more I learn about them, from their histories to their current pop cultures, it gives me a sense of cultural pride and identity of my origins. But sometimes, just exploring and getting engaged in Asian cultures existing in my current hometown area isn’t enough. Thanks to the internet and even the help of my relatives in my former country, I get to learn more about Asian cultures, especially Eastern and Southeastern Asian cultures, especially with pop culture.
It also helps that I’m Asian myself. Filipino to be exact. If I were going to be more specific with my origins, since there’s no such thing as a “pure” Filipino, my dad’s side has Spanish-Italian origins and my mom’s side has Chinese origins. Some Filipinos may argue with me with this, but even the first people to exist in these 7000+ island nation weren’t even Filipinos. They were immigrants too: the Aeta and the tribes coming from neighboring island nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, and even parts of South Asia. In fact, those 7000+ islands weren’t even called the Philippines then until the Spanish settled and colonized these islands. Thus, there is no such thing as a “pure” Filipino.
Born and lived in the Philippines for the first 10 years of my life. Moved to the U.S. after the first People Power Movement in the late ’80s. It was our huge chance to start over at a better place with a better life. But that’s another story.
But, as a child in the Philippines, I’ve already been exposed to some traces of Asian culture: those Chinese period dramas that were never subtitled or dubbed but still aired on Philippine TV every Sunday mornings. And then there was the children’s hour weekdays where hordes of mecha anime from the ’70s and the ’80s dubbed in (Filipino-accented) English aired on TV. Voltes V, anyone? 1
When my family and I moved to the U.S. and stayed with one of my dad’s relatives in his home 2 for the time being until we can stand on our own with our own new home. At that time, everything was a culture shock to me. My English as a 10-year-old was not perfect, obviously not fluent, to the point that I’ve faced issues such as racism and discrimination for being a Filipino immigrant by, surprise, American-born Filipinos. I didn’t make any friends from my own race until I was around 7th or 8th grade. But that’s another story.
As a kid, I made friends with other kids who are of different races and backgrounds. It was still a culture shock to me then, but they helped me through by introducing me to aspects of American culture, as well as aspects of their own cultures. Most of the kids I met were other Asians besides Filipino: Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani, you name it. But around that time, I was somewhat desperate to become “American” and be passed on as a Filipino-American just like the American-born Filipino kids I encountered. However, high school came and I changed my mind. Again, another story.
It wasn’t until I got to college that I’ve gotten deeper with the roots of my origins. In high school, I ended up learning Spanish as my foreign language requirement for graduation. I started to catch a pattern: English from the Americans and Spanish from Spain (and Latin American countries like Mexico). What did they have in common? America and Spain were former colonizers of the Philippines. I started to think that I should take an Asian language as part of my foreign language fluency arsenal. It had to be between Chinese (my mom’s ancestry) or Japanese (another colonizer of the Philippines). Korean was out of the question and there weren’t any other Asian languages available to take in the college I attended.
Chinese intimidated me when I listened to some of my Chinese friends sample some Mandarin, especially the writing system. Therefore, I went with Japanese. I never looked back and I was happy. Sure, the language was as difficult but pronunciation-wise, it was a lot easier for me. I rediscovered anime again during Japanese class and I also discovered J-Pop.
Decades later, here I am, writing and recalling of how I ended up delving into so much Asian pop cultures and how they can intermingle and also contrast with one another. Somehow it also gets me riled up when I see ignorant people making assumptions and accusations towards Asians and their pop culture as a whole when they don’t bother looking up the roots and history.
To make things short, social media comments is what made me open this blog in the first place.
So, my purpose of opening this blog is to share my thoughts, opinions, and views of different aspects of Asian Pop Culture, whether be Filipino pop culture, J-Pop, anime, K-Pop, food, etc. I’ll also share a bit of some fact just to educate the ignorant. In other words, for those who appreciate Japanese (pop) culture, can also have a chance to know more about this culture without being looked down upon and be called a weeaboo. Same goes with a number of K-Pop fans who don’t even consider the roots of Korea and its people and how its history impacted their society. Don’t be a Koreaboo, please.
Thus, I gave this blog name: ASIATIC THOUGHTS by Adrianne.
About the Blogger
My name is Adrianne, by the way. I’m a 40-something Filipino-American web developer, blogger, artist, and overall nerdette. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Some people call the hometown area where I live as Silicon Valley, but I still call it the Bay, or to be specific, East Bay.
I like gaming, art, crafting, music (currently back to J-Pop), traveling, writing, reading, and mingling with like-minded individuals.
That’s the brief gist of me. You can check out my personal blog if you still want to get to know more about me.
I would like to dedicate this particular blog to my father, who passed away on April 14, 2019. It was because of my father’s dedication and pride of his Filipino and Asian roots that influenced him to participate in various Asian-American organizations to support our cultural heritage together. He was also an at-home educator to us as former immigrant children who eventually became American citizens. He taught us not to forget where we came from and always value our roots as we adopt the ways of the new country. His influence also got me interested in my old country’s history, the continent that my old country is a part of, and how each Asian nation formed connections with one another and how we all became one continental family. I’m not just talking about East and Southeast Asia, but all regions of Asia from South Asia to the Middle East.
I hope that I’d be able to make you proud through this blog, Dad. Thank you for everything.
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