Another smile At first the two cultures felt straddling pressure. “I remember when I was younger, I wanted to be everything to my parents. They were my heroes. I remember at a very young age it was decided that since being a Muslim (my father) and being a Christian (my mother) were important to each of them, I would always try my best to make room for both in my life. I didn’t want to play favorites (though to be honest, my favorite parent would be the one who ruined me in the end, haha), I needed to create a reality where a lot could be true, and it was sometimes confusing, I think Walking through the day knowing that my path is not the best or the only way works well for me today. “Alia’s childhood journey as a” moro “(a word referring to the Muslim Philippine population) was isolated for Ali, and he sometimes shortened that part of his identity. Feeling compelled to do. “Isolated! I’ve always been different but not different enough that I couldn’t pass and consolidate. I mean, how can you tell if someone is a ‘semi-Muslim Filipino’? So don’t offer that information up.” There are many. But I had brothers who were in the same boat as me, so we had a small community. But there is a lot to reduce it, so I didn’t try too hard to express myself or explore further, which I’m sorry for. ”
He wants to reconcile that inconsistency with his new program, My daughter, Which would be just as complicated as that. “It’s a collection of stories from childhood to university, watching me grow up in a few different countries, across the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Canada. I talk about my doorbell nickname ‘Linglong’, it’s in lots of Filipinos, I talk about monster hunting at my school (all my schools were always haunted), and I talk about my and my dad’s rivalry over who is the best karaoke singer: My dad (I have to say because you have to respect your elders), among other things. It will be a show and a little bit of saying as we touch on the history of Moro people. These stories are especially stories where I find aspects of my identity intertwined and I open it up through this show. It gets complicated, it gets messy, but it’s pretty funny (I think anyway). I’ve always used humor to get me through complicated times (this and therapy obviously), and I feel like I’m fooling myself when.
Alia actually feels uncomfortable identifying as Moro because of the roots of the fierce resistance that she finds herself culturally isolated. “My father’s family is Moro, so I’m Moro, but I’ve always felt uncomfortable claiming that identity because it’s linked to a history of resistance that I don’t think I’ve contributed enough. Growing up in the Diaspora, I never lived in Mindanao, I never really felt the struggle of the Moro people, and when I understand the Tasug language, I can’t say it, I don’t cook and I don’t practice any art, I did not live history. So it feels uncomfortable to claim, it seems almost appropriate, but it shakes my head because my dad’s family SO Moro, they are a lot part of that fight fight, so I was always in the feeling that I should do more and feeling That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
Her focus is now on using her life experiences to remind the Filipinos of the importance of the Muslim community, using smiles as a way to build connections. ” Now that I have grown up, I want to better understand myself, my position in this world. , And what I can contribute to my community as we move towards a better future The more I know myself, the more I realize what I need to be responsible for and what my strengths are. As a storyteller and comedian, my position in life is to tell stories that serve the community, to tell stories that embrace our entire history so that people can see themselves reflected in it. I fully believe that laughter is a form of resistance. So I will do my best to help my community laugh. It is important for people to be aware of the fact that the world is bigger and more complex than what they have in front of them. I think a lot of the stories we grew up with and saw on film and TV hurt us. It tells a kind of story and it limits our imagination, our ability to empathize, it limits our ability to relate to each other and see each other as neighbors, which I think is one of the reasons we see so many problems today. Alia Cheniza Rasool: My name is Alia Cheniza Rasool. I have wonderful parents who come from different worlds. Growing up has been a privilege. I am one of them. Comedian and storyteller, and I want to make you laugh. ” The Morrow Girl 2022 will play in the Taragon Solo Room (30 Bridgeman Avenue) on July 6-17 at the Toronto Fringe Festival.