Jeanna Tang


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Jeanna Tang was born and raised in the Philippines. At the age of 18 years old, she migrated to Massachusetts to attend an all-girl school during a time of social unrest against the Marcos regime. She became the source of her family's migration to the United States. She joined the Auntie Sewing Squad as a Sewing Auntie and has made 1000 masks in 2020.

Thematic Summary

(00:00- 02:43) Jeanna Tang discusses her childhood transition from the Philippines to America during the Ferdinand Marcos era under martial law. (02:44-9:08) Tang then talks about her immigration to the United States and how her education and independence shaped her as a young Asian American woman. (9:09-12:19) Subsequently, due to her early divergence from the Philippines, she then discusses her relationship with the Filipino culture and how it ties within her American culture. (12:20-22:46) Next, Tang speaks about the way she raised her children and explains how she balances both her cultures when spending time with her family. (22:47-29:49) Lastly, Tang talks about her journey with the Auntie Sewing Squad and how fulfilling it is to provide for her community. She also makes a comparison to the lack of government assistance in the Philippines and how that way of life instilled in her a shared ethic with the Auntie Sewing Squad of providing care for one another in times of need.

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Heather Bayuga

Interview with Jeanna Tang



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