I’m Jason Cook and when I first created AdoboHamburger.com I thought of it as being a way for those of us who have reached across cultures to Filipinos or Americans in our relationships to share the cross-cultural experience.
Let’s face it, that’s a theme that appeals to a pretty small group of people.
What I have found is that meeting, and marrying a Filipina has changed me profoundly, I think more than if I had married a fellow American. Things that were important to me culturally have changed. I’ve looked at life through my wife’s eyes, to rethink my own values and to change how I viewed myself in the world.
Realizing this, I also realized that the scope of AdoboHamburger.com had to change. It still isn’t a dating or introduction site, and I still want it to be a place for people who want to learn and teach and talk about experiencing the points where American and Filipino cultures meet and sometimes clash, but it’s also going to be about me. Trying to relate my values and my experiences to my new culture and my someday home is an everyday thing. I am an Adobo Hamburger. A “regular” American now simmering in a “sauce” of Filipino culture.
I’m not an expert on anything. I’m just an American, married to a Filipina, who is a fan of the Philippines: the food, the people and the natural beauty.
My wife, Menchu, who is from Mindanao, and I met online in 2008 and we were married here in Seattle in 2010.
Thanks for reading about me and AdoboHamburger.com!