As a Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellow, second-year Hannah Bassett is currently in the Philippines where she is doing fieldwork for her thesis on Philippine dive fisheries and continuing her Tagalog and Filipino culture studies. In a blog piece posted today, Hannah shares some of her poignant experiences in the learning process and breaks down the often overlooked role that language can play in either continuing colonialism or, instead, working toward decolonization.

Published in the SMEA blog, "Currents: Navigating society & sea," which Hannah founded and leads as Editor-In-Chief, the full post can be read here.