Philip Silao graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012, majoring in history and minoring in geography. He currently works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Pasadena City College and Glendale Community College. In his spare time, he likes to eat, write songs, go to museums, and spend time with his family.

Pride, Shame, and Other States of Being American
by Philip Silao

MY HEART SWELLED with pride as I ran closer to the Marine Corps War Memorial. The sculpture of brave men raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, Japan was too much for my one-sided, American history-infused heart to bear.