The Gratification of Work and @nooworks


Whenever I wear my @nooworks black panther shirt, I get so much done! Grateful for colleagues who all love our School of #Cinema @sfsu! We are so unified in our love for not only the media that bring us together– it is also the hope to do things well and the belief that together we can put in place good ways.

#losangeles #openingceremony #satineboutique #wanderlustcreamery #eytys #harveyfaircloth


Writing retreat for full promotion letters continue while my family games and games. Shopping for two hours hauls LA fabulosity. Go to shops: Opening Ceremony flagship where I scored #Eytys In White Angel Patent and Satine 1805 leads me to a new designer #HarveyFaircloth! And must stop for ice cream at #wanderlustcreamery for Ube! Delivered to the gamers: Japanese Neapolitan for three kinds of matcha including black sesame. Icelandic pretzel. Two kinds of mango: pomelo with sago and with sticky rice. Insane taste explosions. Fun to meet up with super close girlfriend too!

#dawnmabalonisintheheart #withlakas


Three days later, I am in and out of shock and grief. I am holding on to Lakas as I hold on to Dawn. Dawn and I were just working on the shoot and preparing for Seattle. On Thursday, she texted me that she was “excited!!!” Like me. At our shoot, she was going to meet the subjects of the film and they wanted to meet her–“Dawn of Little Manila.” At our shoot in June that is pictured here, we conferred on her outfit. And I told her she cannot go too bold with the necklaces. She brought three–all bongga! As we decided on this one that she is wearing, we talked about the jewelry game of all those lawyers in the documentary _RBG_. And how many documentaries we both saw this year—just last month—in the golden year of docs and how cool to be working together on this. She stayed on late at the shoot then came back laughing because she forgot a favorite tote bag from Obama’s first election. We talked about our friend Konrad just as she was driving away. The memories are both so vivid and already failing me at the same time. What is certain is Dawn touched my students that day as she hung out at my dining table eating vegan pancit. As my students transcribe Dawn’s words on Friday, they call her a “fierce badass feminist” and “so important and necessary.” She was 45 years old. It hurts to know the certainty of so much ahead for her. And it is amazing to recognize how her big legacy ignites so many. I hold on to both the joy and the grief of Dawn Mabalon, my fellow Bruin, Cardinal and Gator. Historian of our people, she so loved our people. It’s in the work she left and in the life she led.

Dear #professor #author #historian #communityleader #activist #collaborator #friend #dawnmabalon @sfsu @sfsulca @stanford @ucla @celinearchive @filiponoanericanhistory @filipinoamericans

With so much love for the premiere historian of #filipinoamerica #filipinoamericanhistory, the fearless, brilliant, vivacious, kind

and beautiful @drmabalon who suddenly died yesterday.

Pictured is our interview with Dawn for @thecelinearchive movie in June. Our crew discussed her interview in detail at our production meeting just yesterday —where we also planned for the shoot in Seattle that Dawn was doing with us.

Filipin@ American history comes to life forever because of your work, Dawn. And in it you always attended to women’s lives and ask us to do the same. I am so grateful for you and your gifts to us.

From our time training and studying @ucla and @stanford and as faculty @sfstatelca @sfsu today, I am fortunate to witness your towering contributions to #Asianamericanstudies #asianamericanhistory and beyond.

Your generosity as a professor and colleague will forever be remembered and honored.

Please donate to Dawn’s memorial fund to help with her funeral and bringing Dawn back home. The go fund me is created by her family who will forever miss her and love her:

Burghotel auf Schönburg


Schönburg castle and driving on a narrow bridge; cruising the Rhine; Amy Tan made it to the castle shelves; pescetarian and vegetarian four course meals; and elaborate place settings. Did not know about German einhorns, everywhere. They never misspell Shimizu in 🇩🇪 as they do in the US: Schimizu. @BurghotelaufSchönburg is very special with unique rooms, lavish breakfasts and dinners. Tower museum with catapult video game and exploring the gardens and castle rooms. Just 45 minutes from Frankfurt and worlds away. A3887CEE-6C1A-49E1-B07D-275321977513.jpeg