American Influence On Filipino Food With Alex Orquiza
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While lots of people talk about Filipino food in America today, I’m more interested in telling my story as a middle-class kid who grew up in Manila in the 90s. While I wasn’t ashamed of having Filipino food in my lunch box, I definitely wanted hotdogs and french fries more than rice - and so did everyone else. But how exactly did Filipinos come to love American food so much? I asked Rene Alexander Orquiza, a professor based in Rhode Island whose research and teaching interests focus on 20th century American and Philippine history. He’s got fascinating stories to share about how 50 years of American colonial rule really shaped not just our food, but to a broader extent, the culture and traditions of the Philippines. Show notes 05:15 About 08:05 Finding an area of study 11:15 Old menus in libraries 12:20 What I found in school syllabi 13:10 American missionaries arrive 15:00 The Fannie Farmer effect 17:05 A trickle down of knowledge 18:15 Del Monte ads 19:45 “The perfect drink for new mothers” 21:40 Hotdogs,…