Podcast: Immigrant and indigenous psychology and the beautiful mess that is life

by Matt Jardin  |   

It can be easy to lose yourself in Metro Manila, the capital region of the Philippines with a population of about 14 million people. It can be harder to do that in Utqiagvik, Alaska’s northernmost city with a population of about 4,000.

But E.J.R. David found himself exactly that: lost, struggling with issues of identity after moving from Metro Manila to Utquiagvik as a teenager. That is, until he discovered a science at UAA that helped him make sense of what he was feeling.

Today, E.J. passes on what he’s learned as a professor of psychology at his alma mater, as well as a published author, radio host and advocate.

In this episode, E.J. talks about the culture shock he experienced after moving to Alaska from the Philippines, the importance of studying psychology from immigrant and indigenous perspectives, and how we can pass on our heritages to future generations.

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E.J.R. David
(Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)
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