Merriam E. Pabonan, The Best of Both Worlds
Click here to read the research essay, “Through Family Struggles Comes a Strong Heart”, by Kimi Himuro
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to hear audio segments from an April 2010 interview by Kimi Himuro with Merriam
who was young enough to consume the American culture and able to hang on to the Philippine traditions and culture.
Merriam stops to take an enthusiastic picture after a nice jog by the beach.
Merriam states her name, birthday and how many years she spent in the
Merriam Anzures Estrella.
Language and Living Arrangements (00:23)
Merriam states that she speaks Tagalog. She lives with both her mother and father and 2 siblings. She is the youngest of 3. She grew up in Metro Manila.
Philippines to Canada to United States (00:14)
Merriam was born in the
Jobs in the Philippines (00:35)
Merriam states her mother and father’s jobs in the
Left: Merriam’s parents: Corazon and Luis, age 68.
Merriam states the times she usually felt homesick.
One of Merriam’s
visits to the
Reason for Leaving the Philippines (00:23)
Merriam states her family’s reason for leaving the
The Family with Grandma: NYC Vacation
Reaction to Leaving the Philippines (01:13)
Merriam states her and her family’s reactions to leaving the
At the airport, Merriam’s mother’s family wishes them farewell.
Merriam states her family’s expectations of living in the
Betrayal and Belonging (02:26)
Merriam states her thoughts about the betrayal to the
Merriam at age 16 in San Francisco
Life in the United States (04:20)
Merriam states her and her family’s
well-being in the
Pabonan Family 2008
Possibility of Returning (00:36)
Merriam states her reason for not turning back.
Left: The Family: Merriam, Hanna, Jude, Oliver and Gabrielle
Being Filipino in America (01:15)
Merriam states her opinion of
being a Filipino in
From Merriam’s last catering event- Dr. Janet Lim’s Grand Opening
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