Thursday, February 21, 2008

Pilipino Cultural Night: A rite of passage for FilAm students


For thousands of Filipino American college students throughout the country, it's PCN season. PCN stands for Pilipino Cultural Night, a yearly ritual featuring Filipino ethnic dances and culture, and skits exploring such issues as family, identity and history.
For tens of thousands of Filipino American youths, being part of a PCN, either as performers or as members of the production staff, has been a rite of passage for about three decades.
In this episode of Pinoy Pod, Professor Theo Gonzalves of the University of Hawaii talks with The Chronicle's Benjamin Pimentel about the origins of the PCNs and why it has endured as a Filipino American genre.


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