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Houston’s Asian American Travels: Mal Bernardo

Produced in partnership with MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas and Yetter Coleman LLP

As a Chinese-Filipino and Houston native, Mal Bernardo is passionate about celebrating the region’s diversity. Whether it’s connecting with the students in her class or enjoying one of Houston’s many food stops, Mal embraces the city as she explores how her identity and understanding of her family’s history has impacted its past and shaped its vision for the future.

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About Mal Bernardo

A native of Houston, Mal Bernardo is a high school English teacher who loves talking to her students about mental health, identity and representation. In addition to her own Chinese-Filipino American experience, her education at the University of Houston and Rice University helped her champion and make room for these important topics in the classroom. She also touches on many interests, but spends most of her time trying new recipes, analyzing movies, and reading non-fiction. She pursued what she was passionate about and feels lucky to have the opportunity to impact our precious young people.


On Asian American Trips to Houston

In partnership with MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas, Asia Society Texas presents a new video series, Asian American Trips to Houston. Through short video interviews with local Asian Americans, the series illuminates the voices that make up a vital part of America’s most diverse city.

Featuring Houstonians who reflect the richness and diversity of local Asian American communities, the series highlights a variety of experiences, cultures, religions and ethnicities and explores themes of identity, memory and shared humanity. By sharing these personal journeys, Asia Society Texas and the University of St. Thomas seek to build empathy and connectedness between people, as well as deepen our collective understanding of Asian American experiences in Houston.