Part of Home Made Visible collection
Item consists of a Filipino-Canadian family's home movie featuring two children and a doll on a swing set.
Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: “At a neighborhood park, close to their townhome on Mississauga Valley, Martin and his sister aged 4 and 2 are playing on the swings, and filmed by their father. On the third swing they’ve placed a Cabbage Patch Doll on the swingset. The dolls were really big in the eighties, and unopened ones were worth a lot of money. Martin and his sister would often go to the park and play together whenever their parents allowed them, but they were never unsupervised. Growing up, Martin only had one cousin who lived in Canada near Pape Station, and then Markham. He spent a lot of time playing with his sister.
There is a community of Filipinos in Mississauga, and growing up, the Edralins had a close-knit group of family and friends. In 1983, when the footage was taken, there were no condos in the neighborhood. When Martin used to attend Francis Xavier Secondary School at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Matheson Blvd, there was a farm across the street. Demographically, the neighborhood has changed immensely. At his elementary school, there were about three Asian families, four black kids who were brothers and the rest of the children were white.”