Locus of Control


Internationally touring author and spoken word artist, Jason Bayani, explores the narrative of the fourth-wave Filipino immigrant in Locus of Control, utilizing poetry, storytelling, and performance.

A person's "locus" (Latin for "place" or "location") is conceptualized as either internal or external.  Depending on a person’s social class, sex or race they can have either an internal locus (the person believes they can control their life) or an external locus (the person believes their life is controlled by environmental factors which they cannot influence).

The “locus of control” theory can be seen in the fourth-wave of Filipino immigration to America.  As the latest and most robust wave of immigration, the fourth-wave stemmed from the 1965 Hart-Cellar act, which launched a radical break of past immigration policies that restricted immigration from Asia and Africa, while giving preference to Northern and Western Europeans. By abolishing nation-of-origin restrictions, the numbers of immigrants from Asian countries in particular rose dramatically.

Focusing on Filipino immigration, Bayani draws upon nearly twenty years of work, piecing together the fourth-wave storyand contemplates what their identity has become in America and what it will become in the future.


May 27, 2016 at 8pm - 10pm

Bindlestiff Studio

185 Sixth St

San Francisco, CA 94103

$10 (Presale)

$12 (General)

$20 (Supporter)