Episode 22 - bonus

077: GO VOTE!! Elections Week Special with Jen Amos & Nani Dominguez on Filipina On the Rise

Published on: 2nd November, 2020

SPECIAL THANKS to Krystl Fabella with Filipina on the Rise for allowing us to share this timely interview to our audience! Check out our sister podcast at https://filipinaontherise.com/

Title (As seen on Filipina on the Rise): Go Inwards for Activism! Voting, Personal Activism & more with Jen & Nani of The Filipino American Woman Project – Voting, Personal Activism & more!

Description: Wrapping up FAHM, we have Jen Amos & Nani Dominguez, the hosts of The Filipino American Woman Project, a Podcast that covers stories & life lessons told by American women of Filipino descent.

Jen is the founder and co-host of TFAW.  She is an award winning podcaster and online entrepreneur, an advocate for promoting personal narratives. She runs 4 different podcasts, and her favorite topics to cover on her shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health. In August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker for PodFest Global, In addition to the media platforms, events, groups, and organizations Jen has been fortunate to be a guest speaker at throughout the years, her favorite medium of speaking has been through podcasting.

Nani is the other co-host of the podcast. By the way of her biracial identity, she offers an intersectional perspective that allows listeners to be vulnerable and explore their most authentic narratives. In addition to podcasting, Nani is a blogger on her blog Notesbynani.com, which she writes to normalize the neoteric Fil-Am experience, and hopes to serve others going through identity crises, relationship issues, processing generational trauma, and other mental health issues prevalent in our families and culture.

Together, Jen and Nani create a safe space for fellow Filipinx-Americans to contemplate our shared cultural/family experience, lived & inherited traumas, and the history of our heritage, people & land.

Before October, I reached out to the two to do a collaborative episode. We know that the theme this year was highlighting of Filipino American activism. Being that we were both platforms sharing a mission of highlighting Pinays, I thought it would be meaningful to have a discussion specifically for Filipino women and activism. In thinking about FAHM, election season, and so much discourse around political, social and racial justice, calling people to step up and take a stance, we wanted to share how activsm can take on several forms, and to encourage ways that felt personal and natural, for example, we love that podcasting has been a medium for our activism too. Everyone, get ready to be along for a ride. This discussion got rich, and real so fast, with lots of powerful insight. In this episode, we discuss everything from voting, various non traditional ways to show up as an activist, plugging into current events and taking care of mental health, we talk about taking personal responsibility, how to deal with overwhelm of issues to care about and narrow down topics, we share vulnerable experiences, and things get even emotional, and end with a really powerful message.

Remember to check out our sister podcast at https://filipinaontherise.com/

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The Filipino American Woman Project
Stories and life lessons by Filipino American women
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.

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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 http://pinaypodcasters.com/

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: https://linktr.ee/tfawproject.featured

Find us on social media: Instagram @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Facebook @thefilipinoamericanwoman, Twitter @thefilamwoman, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-IzWjkLCof3Pf7TW8ExyXw

Have something to share? Email Jen at jen@tfawproject.com or Nani at nani@tfawproject.com or leave us a voice or text message at 415-484-TFAW(8329)

Learn more about our co-hosts Jen at http://thejenamos.com/ and Nani at https://notesbynani.com/
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About your hosts

Jen Amos

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Jen Amos is an award-winning podcaster and entrepreneur.

Jen first found podcasting in summer 2019 as a way to work through depression and bouts of loneliness. She had recently moved from San Diego, CA (her home of 20+ years) to now Virginia Beach, VA in pursuit of new business ventures.

Jen actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster connection, community and collaboration. She is known for her active listening skills, candidness, and ability to uncover powerful stories and universal lessons while conversing with her guests. Her favorite topics to cover on her podcast shows involve military families, entrepreneurs, women, and mental health. Since summer 2019, she has conducted 500+ podcast interviews.

Prior to podcasting and moving to the east coast, Jen received her Bachelor’s in Journalism emphasis Public Relations at San Diego State University and was fired from her fourth consecutive job in her young adult years. For more than a decade since, Jen has established a career in sales and in entrepreneurship with experience in the legal industry, online marketing, and now financial services.

During her spare time, Jen volunteers with Veterati, enjoys a leisurely read, and swimming.

Nani Dominguez

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Nani discovered podcasting haphazardly in the summer of 2019 after reaching out to then-solo-host of the TFAW Project, Jen Amos, to express the significant impact the show was having on her own self-discovery path. After one long & surprisingly intimate phone conversation, they decided to co-host the show together going forward.

By the way of her biracial identity, Nani brings a unique approach to the conversation by offering an intersectional perspective that allows guests and listeners alike to be vulnerable with themselves and explore their most authentic narratives. Together, Jen and Nani create a safe space for fellow Filipinx-Americans to contemplate our shared cultural/family experience, lived & inherited traumas, and the history of our heritage, people & land.

"As a mestiza (or mixed Pinay), I've struggled to find spaces I fit into without feeling like I'm "not (something) enough". Throughout the course of my life my identity has been oversimplified due to my lack of a solid understanding of where I come from. Therefore, I've enabled others to guide my experience & beliefs about who I am. This ultimately resulted in resentment for my own self-image; producing feelings of self-loathing, inadequacy, and unworthiness that plagued my past relationships & interconnections.

I'm proud to be spearheading this project with Ate Jen to promote healing and decolonization in our community, while reclaiming the narrative of the Filipino-American woman."

In addition to podcasting, Nani extends her efforts to normalize the neoteric Fil-Am experience by writing about culture, wellness and community on her blog. Notesbynani.com is an active documentation of personal recordings she hopes will later serve others going through similar identity crises, relationship issues, trying to process generational trauma, and other mental health issues prevalent in our families and culture.

These two projects along with her involvement in local community organizing represent Nani's own self-reflection and her desire to help others. She dedicates her work & elective time to the cause she's most passionate about - community healing. As for her day job, she's worked in Administrative Operations supporting C-suite executives for over a decade. Over the years, she's mastered her expertise by trying her hand in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare & technology, entertainment, and cosmetics.

When she's not working on her craft, you can catch her making Spotify playlists, drinking matcha lattes, meditating, and spreading love & light online.