Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie says that to understand Africa, one has to have multiple stories, varied stories — a balance of stories — about Africa. Such is also the case for the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. Filipinos everywhere have a story to tell, each a piece in the identity that is Filipino.
What touched me the most about her talk is this line, “The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story the only story.”
I acknowledge the death of Chinua Achebe today, one of the most articulate and engaging non-White writers whose work influenced me at a young age. He inspired in me the boldness to tell my story from the multiple aspects that make me, me.