- Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
- Home Made Visible collection
- Edralin family videos : tricycle
Edralin family videos : tricycle
Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring a child and adult holding hands and walking, and a child riding a tricycle. Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Martin’s little sister and his mom are walking by Martin’s elementary school, Metropolitan Andrei Catholic School on Mississauga Valley Blvd. The school is located right by their home across highway 10. The Edralins lived at this residence until Martin was around 10 years old, and then moved further west to Erin Mills. The family moved because his mother wanted a bigger detached house with a bigger lawn. There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white. Martin shares that he grew up in Sauga at a time when there wasn’t a lot of POC, and recalls sticking out at his elementary school. He dealt with a lot of racism but doesn’t necessarily think of his childhood as a bad experience. Although the comments weren’t hateful, but rather "kids being kids," "anything that makes you feel different hurts." It wasn’t until middle school and high school that his environment became more diverse. It was still predominantly white but all the non-white people were sort of grouping together, and there was comfort in having others around who identified with each other’s experience, and who were not quite fitting in with the majority."