Jordan Aspiras (she/her/kanyana) is from San José, California (occupied Ohlone land). She is currently working on her Master of Divinity, and she plans to pursue hospital chaplaincy after graduation, although plans do change. Jordan is a budding theologian, storyteller, mystic, and artist with her first self-published poetry book titled "Sunshine Woman".
Whether we like to think of it or not, our names are marks of colonization that we carry with us. Filipinos recognize the relationship of the name to the location. In this case, the Filipino diaspora recognizes the distinction of Spanish influence on their names, while others assume its Spanish origin must mean my ancestry is directly from Spain.