USA Discoveries: Understanding Your Roots

In Los Angeles, Joel prepares to meet his birth father, a man absent from his life since he was a young child in the Philippines. First, he investigates what it means to be Filipino in the US.


Joel visits a community in Stanton where traditional Filipino art is the inspiration for extraordinary, intricate tribal tattoos. Then, after meeting his father, the pair head off to a national park to camp for the night and get to know each other. With no distractions other than the camp fire, his father opens up about aspects of Joel’s upbringing he knew nothing about.

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