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Pinoy Pinoy

Stephanie Williams, Pinoy Ploy, 5:36 minutes (Vimeo)

Pinoy Ploy is inspired by the migratory patterns of an ever-changing American food landscape, as a story-telling device about “American-ness.” This stop-motion puppet animation features a Balut (a Filipino delicacy, a half-formed fermented duck egg) as the main protagonist. In recent years, American foodie culture has shifted to fully appropriate Filipino cuisine, the food that had never seemed to adapt well to American tastes. Have we, as Filipinos finally found a way to communicate with a more accepting audience or is this an “exotic” sell of an overlooked culture? How have other “untruths” of perceived and constructed cultural contexts informed the story of American food landscapes?

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