#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.