Here is the first of a few audio clips from the recording of the Dumaguete Sister City ceremony. No video unfortunately.
I added subtitles, you’re welcome.
Before you watch, I noticed a lot of people on other forums in defense of Trish Spencer write things like “what’s so bad about white rice?”
Nothing is wrong about white rice, white rice is delicious. The problem of the statement is that it was proffered by Trish Spencer as an example of the Filipino influence in California, Alameda, and Alameda County. She mentions that she has many Filipino friends and the only Filipino culture example she could think up with after a very pregnant pause was eating rice.
Put it this way, it similar to Alameda establishing a Sister City in, say, Mexico and the Mayor of our city rhapsodizing about the influence of Mexicans on California culture and then saying she has a lot of Mexican friends and then saying that her and her Mexican friends’ children grew up eating tortillas as the only memorable example of the Mexican influence on her family.
That’s why some people are surprised and disappointed by her statements at the Sister City ceremony and not because “white rice” was specifically mentioned. I’m pretty sure had she swapped it out by saying that they grew up eating lumpia or pancit the reaction would be the same.
More audio coming soon.