On Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, my niece and I went to the Women’s March in San Jose, California. We had a wonderful time. We’ve been to every Women’s March and always come away feeling inspired. This year I noticed a lot of little girls wearing Wonder Woman shirts. As a comic book nerd, it made me happy to see Wonder Woman inspiring little girls on the power of feminism.
During the march, I encountered a group of Filipino American activists whom I met at previous protests and rallies. I wanted my niece to get to know them, as I want her to become more knowledgeable about issues facing the Filipino American and Filipino communities.
This year, a group of drummers were keeping a steady beat for the marchers. I’m not sure what it is, but I really enjoy hearing drums during a march. I think music is an important part of a protest or political rally. The Freedom Strmmers, a folksy music group, were playing some songs that the crowd enjoyed. The Raging Grannies were singing their political songs, to the delight of people passing by.
After the march, my niece and I wandered around downtown San Jose. We went to the San Jose Museum and saw a really cool exhibit by Dinh Le, a Vietnamese American artist. Le’s art focuses on the divide between Vietnamese Americans and Vietnamese. As a Filipino American, I understood where Le was coming from. I am proud of my Filipino heritage, but I’ve struggled growing up with connecting with other Filipinos since I’ve always felt more American.
We wandered around downtown hitting the galleries in First Street. On our walk, we encountered a Furries convention. My niece explained to me that Furries are people who dress up like furry creatures. Both my niece and I really enjoyed wandering around the Furries convention and seeing the Furries. It made me feel like a kid.
Here is a video I made of the Women’s Day March.