"Because dominant presentations of Filipino culture and history is often presented in a mythical, distorted, and inferiorizing manner… such an identity crisis is believed to lead Filipino Americans toward the conclusion that there is no authentic Filipino culture and identity that one can be proud of, and thus, may lead to the perception of inferiority toward anything Filipino"
-EJ David, PhD, Filipino-/American Postcolonial Psychology

Julius Cavira is a Filipino American visual artist who graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with his Batchelor's of Fine Art and has won citywide, statewide and nationwide art competitions. Cavira was born and raised by his Philippine mother & grandmother within the inner city of Chicago, all the while trying to survive the crime filled streets of gangs, prejudice and racism. Early in his schooling, when transferring from school to school, Cavira was placed in a "Learning Disabled" class initially by his ethnicity and grouped in with other kids of different cultures. This contributed to confusion in his formidable years. Cavira's wayward journey of self-definition including his Filipino American identity, without a Filipino paternal role model, has found many facets of society, which have been positive, negative, or neutral.

Determined to become an educated model citizen in America, Cavira decided after SAIC to volunteer for the AmeriCorps/CampHill, followed by YMCA of the Redwoods and finally US Army, Active Duty for 5 years and deployed 2 tours in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The US Army relocated Cavira to Alaska where he was medically discharged. Since out of the military, Cavira has picked up his search to define his identity and Filipino American heritage in Alaska. Cavira's current works are snapshots of his experiences that have impacted him the most in his search whether it was sculptures, clothing, costumes, food or places.

To contact Julius Cavira, please email him at juliuscavira@hotmail.com.

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