#MAIPVibes for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Isidora Torres (2011)

Three words to describe your playlist: 

Bay-ish, Vibrant, Extra

How did you curate this playlist? 

I wanted to infuse my roots - a little Bay-ish (shout out to the 408!) and Filipino, and by way just overall feel-good music. Often times, as Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders, we're seen in the media as one-dimensional with a stroke of a nicely place vibrant highlight. Our interests and stories are categorized as one narrative when we exist in nuance. As I've gotten older, I embrace a consummation of these layered identities - Bay Area Native, NY Adopted, Filipina, Hip Hop lover, sad girl, et al and wanted to reflect that in this playlist. 

My hope is that in the next few years, we continue to see the rise of Filipinos/Filipinas in the mainstream mix. 

Tell me about one song or artist on this playlist and what they represent to you:

Shout out to Ruby Ibarra. It's a first for me to hear all the intricacies of growing up Filipina and in the Bay. She touches on specific sensitive issues of the Fil-Am community as well as general issues that folks of color have to deal with. Also, I really LOVE hearing our native tongue spoken out loud. 

Lastly, "Spectrum" uses bits of Tagalog in its chorus. It was for the first time, in a long time, I've felt energized by an American artist using Tagalog in a mesmerizing and dope way.