FRANCIS RAMOIN FLORES
Twenty four years ago I was born to two immigrants in San Francisco, California. I spent the first fourteen years of my life living in the East Bay Area, commuting into the city to go to an international French-immersion school, and being raised by my Filipino family.
As a product of globalization, I've always been drawn to the history of
colonialism. I became fascinated with the lost cultures of indigenous peoples
who were displaced and held captive by this regime: how they constituted their
world through folk tales passed on through oral tradition; how their value
systems seemed so irrational to Western colonizers; and how historical
changes and cultural transformations created entirely new ethnic identities.
After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle with
a degree in International Studies (specializing in International Political
Economy) and French Studies, to my disbelief, my lifelong dream of
traveling the world (or at least part of it) manifested itself through the Bonderman Travel Fellowship. My proposal was two pronged. I would: 1) immerse myself in indigenous peoples’ sports, games, and pastimes; and 2) learn as much as I possibly can about indigenous peoples’activism and advocacy,
community-based development projects, and social enterprise.
Contact me here.