Episode 29

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18th Dec 2020

084: “It's okay to be where you're at.” Pursuing college at their own pace with Bulosan Center interns Taylor-Marie Mocorro & Elise Calimlim Israel

Introducing two of our interns from the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at US Davis: Taylor-Marie Mocorro & Elise Calimlim Israel! Taylor and Elise share what compelled them to get involved with the Bulosan Center and TFAW Project, why they identify as Filipino American women, a snapshot of their busy college careers, life lessons, and much more.

Connect with Taylor on Facebook @taylorlosermarie, Instagram @bassoon.bae or Twitch @2thug2bkawaii. Connect with Elise on Instagram @hapelise or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/elise-israel-8896661b0/

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December 2020, we received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards. May 2020, we were recognized as “Amplifying Asian Women Voices” on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month.

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About your hosts

Jen Amos

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Jen Amos is an award winning podcaster, online entrepreneur, and (currently) a contestant on the reality podcast competition: America’s Next Top Podcaster.

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

Jen actively seeks to find common ground through conversation and storytelling to foster 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.

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 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.

November 2020, she was awarded “Media Professional of the Year” at The Rosie Network Entrepreneur Awards for her work with Holding Down the Fort Podcast. Her show, The Filipino American Woman (TFAW) Project, received an Honorable Mention at the Asian American Podcaster's Inaugural Golden Crane Podcast Awards in December 2020, and has been recognized as "Amplifying Asian Women Voices" on Spotify during AAPI Heritage Month in May 2020. In 2018, her and her husband’s business, US VetWealth, was named Best Entrepreneur Start Up Company Awardee by the San Diego Business Journal & The Rosie Network.

Jen’s been featured on multiple media outlets including VeteranCrowd Network, It’s a Military Life, What We’re Not Talking About, Crisis of Culture, Filipina On the Rise, VirtForce, Ossa Collective, SUPERBANDS, Chopsticks Alley, FoundHer by Entrepinayship, Military Veteran Dad Podcast, SD Voyager, FedEx Office, The San Diego Union Tribune, NBC 7 San Diego, The Living East, and much more.

August 2020, Jen Amos participated as a speaker for PodFest Global, which now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Largest Attendance for a Virtual Podcasting Conference in One Week. 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.

During her spare time, Jen volunteers with Veterati, SCORE, and 7 Cups.

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.