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111: "You're gonna be a part of that person's life for the rest of your life. Why wouldn't you love them?" Centering family, passing down Filipino culture, & the blended family experience w/ Aunties Jen & Marie
Episode 1218th June 2021 • The Filipino American Woman Project • Jen Amos
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Nani’s family presence on TFAW Project continues to expand! 

Marie Leanio (EO96) returns for her second interview, this time alongside Nani’s Auntie Jen. Jen & Marie have built a strong bond over the last 20 years through an ex-husband they both share in common: Nani’s uncle. 

In today’s episode, they share how they’ve broken the stigma on entering into relationships with people who have kids, how they’re kids’ tight bond has created the foundation & glue for theirs, & how they’ve prioritized their roles as mothers to create an unbreakable, blended family experience/legacy that’s sustained decades. 

They also discuss how, through assimilation, they see our Filipino culture being lost from generation to generation & the nuanced ways they’ve been able to instill it in their kids without having access to formal, traditional education resources. 

As the world starts to “return to normal”, aunties Jen & Marie reflect on how the pandemic changed their lives by reminding them the joy that comes in doing simple things like crafting & cooking, & wonder how they’ll continue to incorporate these into post-covid life going forward.


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ABOUT US: Welcome to the Filipino American Woman Project - A Podcast Show that shares stories and life lessons told by individuals living (or have lived) in America, that are of Filipino descent and identify as female or non-binary.

UPCOMING BOOK: Special thanks to the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis for the opportunity to present our academic paper, Pinay Podcasters: Building a Self-Sustaining Community Through Storytelling, Collective Healing & Learning, and Collaboration. The initial draft is now available! Read more at

RECOGNITION: December 2020, we were nominated and received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards. August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker on behalf of TFAW Project for PodFest Global, which now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Attendance for a Virtual Podcasting Conference in One Week. May 2020, we were recognized as “Amplifying Asian Women Voices” on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month.

We've also been featured in Realtime Community Oakland, Mochi Magazine, Ossa Collective, SUPERBANDS, Chopsticks Alley, FoundHer by Entrepinayship, Spotify, PodFest Expo, Philippine American Foundation for Charities, When In Manila, You Are Collect;ve, San Diego Union Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego, and much more! Read more at:

CONTACT US: Find us on social media: Instagram @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Facebook @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Twitter @thefilamwoman, YouTube

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