Marilou Carrera


Based in Portland, OR, Marilou Carrera is a health equity advocate by day and art adjacent by night. Her experiences as a Filipina and Japanese woman who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, as well as her time practicing as a registered nurse, advocating for communities of color, and promoting public health, have long persuaded her of the importance and imperative of sharing stories. She co-developed We Carry Oceans, an online collection of stories about accessing reproductive health within Asian / Pacific Islander communities and continues to partner with creatives around Portland. 


One sentence to describe yourself: Filipino and Japanese daughter from a legacy of love, quiet strength, and the diaspora that is oceans and war and family and resilience.

What will you be presenting on? Conversing with a close friend on relationships to food and the impact on body / body image.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Taste as you go!

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: As a Libra, it is impossible for me to answer this question. 

Favorite food: See previous - however, I lean heavily toward Filipino and Japanese food. And pickled vegetables.

Recommended reading: Again, Libra sensibilities at play - most recent reads, however, include A Tale for the Time Being through which I experienced a deep emotional response and connection to the characters and storylines, so there's that? 

Best meals: With loved ones; On my birthday; Unexpected

Food you’d like to try: Food my friends and family make - they're so brilliant!