Jessica Hagedorn Quotes

Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best.

Adaptability is the simple secret of survival.

I'm an underdog person so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.

I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece Airport Music that's coming up in New York City.

Growing up in the Philippines I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child.

I also identify as a Latin person a person who has Latin blood.

Life is not simple and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains.

I think for a lot of so-called post-colonial peoples there's a feeling of not being quite legitimate of not being pure enough.

[On The Philippines:] ... eighty dialects and languages are spoken; we are a fragmented nation of loyal believers divided by blood feuds and controlled by the Church.

There is real beauty in my eyes when I lose my mind.

Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher stronger writer.

I love writing dialogue and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic.

There are certain regions in the country where the indigenous people eat dogs.

I don't believe in sampling some Tibetan music just to make it sound groovy but you do your homework you understand what you're doing with it.

Everything matters. Time is precious.

Don't say Fili sister. Say Pili. In Tagalog pili means to choose. Pino means fine. Pilipino equals 'fine choice.

My identity is linked to my grandmother who's pure Filipino as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify.

Music is very influential to my writing as are theater and film.

The punk scene in NY was so gritty and nihilistic & I was like ooh I want to do that

It's not just NYU. There are days when I feel like I'm stranded in some upscale mall in Pasadena. Don't even get me started on the insidious transformation of Bleecker Street!