#MyAAPIStory: "My family will use any occasion to celebrate and prepare food."

Mike describes his family's Thanksgiving traditions, a holiday they only started celebrating once they immigrated, but one that fit in to the Filipino customs of preparing and celebrating with food and family.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "I think of all my family, I was the most excited to come here."

Mike describes how and his family felt when they realized they were immigrating to the United States; i.e. not going back to the Philippines. As the youngest in his family, Mike had a different take on immigrating than the rest of his family did.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "In America you should really be careful about how many pizza slices you order."

Mike learns a valuable lesson in cultural differences when he orders pizza in Jersey City. While he didn't have formal education on how to acclimate to US customs, he learned quickly!

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPIStory: "Our lifestyle was not quite what it was like in the Philippines."

In this interview, Mike describes the sad event of purchasing a VCR and the first moment he realized that his family's lifestyle was not what it had been in the Philippines.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

#MyAAPI Story: Teaching Filipino Dance in New Jersey

In this interview Mike talks about his mom's passion for teaching Filipino dance, and how her troupe kept her family connected to their roots and culture.

We created this interview for StoryCorps' and the White House's #myaapistory initiative, cataloguing everyday stories that reflect Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. You can find this and other interviews on Storycorps.me's website.

Announcing our Digital Archiving Package Contest!

Do you have your digital photos on computers, hard drives, CDs, smartphones and not in a centralized location? Let us help you organize, keyword, and (most importantly) create a backup system so you can retrieve them at a moment's notice (like when your teen needs a digital baby photo yesterday for school, and your photos are on CDs packed away in boxes)!

FamilyArchive is not sponsored by or beholden to any particular software, backup, or storage systems, though we're constantly researching new technology and have our favorites. Our goal is to meet you where you're at, to help create an organizational and digital photo workflow that works for you and can be easily maintained and backed up. We won't just consolidate your photos and organize for you; we'll educate you on the technology available and make recommendations so you can maintain your digital archive as your photo library grows. 

Right now we're running a contest to start your digital archiving project for free! To enter, please fill out the questionnaire below or follow this link. The winner will receive 12 hours of digital organizing and education for free, and up to two runners-up will receive 50% off their first 12 hours of digital organizing and education. No purchase or entry fee is required to enter the contest or win. If you're located in NYC, we can work with you in-person for no additional fee; if you're located elsewhere, we will work with you through a combination of Skype, FaceTime, email, unless you choose to pay additional travel fees (to be coordinated at contest end). We also waive portions of our travel fees occasionally, when we're working on the road, so please subscribe to our newsletter for updates. 

Good luck and we can't wait to hear from you!