One Filipino Family’s Experience Tells the ‘Forgotten’ Immigration Story

Tita and Emet Comodas with their young children, shortly before the birth of their fifth child, in the late 1970s (photo courtesy of Jason DeParle).
Tita and Emet Comodas with their young children, shortly before the birth of their fifth child, in the late 1970s (photo courtesy of Jason DeParle).
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In 1987, a 40-year-old mother of five named Tita Comodas received a strange request. Comodas, a resident of a sprawling slum district in Manila, had just been asked by an acquaintance if a young American journalist named Jason DeParle could rent space in her already cramped dwelling. She somewhat reluctantly agreed, and DeParle stayed for eight months, kicking off what became a lifelong friendship. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by DeParle, now a senior writer at The New York Times, for a discussion on his new book, “A Good Provider Is One Who […]

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