Crisis Mode: Living Pilipino in America
In this one-person piece, Cori Dioquino explores the complexities of her own identity as she navigates through the three major identity crises of her life. Crisis Mode: Living Pilipino in America weaves Dioquino’s personal history with that of her motherland - The Philippines - and its complicated relationship to the United States through dance, movement, music and art. With each crisis, she shares her experiences growing up an immigrant in the “Land of the Free”, coping with hidden mental health issues, and her gradual transition from “Proud Pinoy” to “Generic Asian”.
Growing up a Filipino immigrant in the States, I never saw myself represented in the art and media that I consumed. For that reason, I always create with my Filipino immigrant community in my heart. As an artist and educator, theirs are the stories that I am most passionate about sharing. I always ask myself as a creator if the art I am presenting is something that I would have needed to witness and experience as a young immigrant child living in the United States. Crisis Mode: Living Pilipino in America is definitely something I wish had been available to me as a young child and adolescent. I hope that through this project, I can empower other young Filipino immigrants and Filipino Americans to discover more about their histories and create art that represents who they are as individuals, as well as the community that is raising them.
My ultimate goal in creating Crisis Mode is to use theater and my personal story as a Filipino Immigrant American as the vehicle to present the strategically forgotten parts of American history - specifically Philippine-American history. I hope that through this series I can empower other Filipino and Filipino-Americans to be more curious about their own histories. I also wish to use this piece to instigate important conversations centered on complex topics such as immigrant experiences, anti-Asian rhetoric and the ways in which American imperialism has influenced immigration and anti-Asian violence. With Crisis Mode, I aim to make the audiences’ experiences as immersive and interactive as possible through the use of arts integration tactics and tools.