Available Online: 7 February 2022
Cuyacot, Eljim P.
NYC Department of Education, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cuyacot, Marilo T.*
NYC Department of Education, USA (email@example.com)
Deligero, Jilliane A.
University of the Visayas, Philippines (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gaje Jr., Jose M.
University of the Visayas, Philippines (email@example.com)
NYC Department of Education, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Magpatoc, Argie G.
University of the Visayas, Philippines (email@example.com)
NYC Department of Education, USA (Scienceps66@gmail.com)
The narrative illustrated the resilience of a young foreigner sent by his parents to the Philippines to seek refuge during the civil war that broke out in his native land who eventually became a famous YouTube vlogger and content creator. Narrative inquiry was used to describe the past experiences of Bae, also known as The Meander, who came to the Philippines as a teenager alone. It explored Bae’s journey away from his family in a foreign land. Additionally, it revealed how he handled the challenges without even knowing how to speak Filipino or English. A qualitative analysis of the in-depth interview with Bae on YouTube revealed that he struggled from the minute he set foot on Philippine soil. His struggles included, among others, feelings of loneliness and isolation, adapting to Filipino culture, financial struggles, and how he became a citizen of the Philippines. As a consequence, Bae’s story provided specific insights to people who may face a similar situation.
Keywords: narrative, meander, citizen, vlogger, loneliness, isolation, financial
Cite this article:
Cuyacot, E. P., Cuyacot, M. T., Deligero, J. A., Gaje Jr., J. M., Gitgano, R., Magpatoc, A. G., & Malasarte, L. (2022). The meander: A narrative inquiry into a foreigner who became a Filipino. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 11(5), 43-54. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2022.144