Jo Koy & Easter Sunday Helped Me Better Understand My Filipino Family

In case it isn’t clear: really, really loves his mom. The comedian/actor has skyrocketed to fame over the past few years, thanks in large part to impersonating his Filipino mother and her accent in his stand-up specials, but it isn’t to mock or make fun of the woman who single-handedly raised him and his siblings. People might interpret it as mean-spirited, but it’s all out of love and respect, Koy assures me. And there’s no bigger way for him to show that love than through his new movie .

The star and executive producer’s film, which spans a whirlwind of unlikely events on a holy day, celebrates the loving, albeit complicated dynamics of the Filipino American family. And although it’s a huge moment of for the 4.2 million Filipinos across the United States — to see people who look like them on the big screen for the first time — for me, a first-generation Filipino American, Easter Sunday helped me better understand my relationship with my own family and mother and reminded me that we as a people have so much to be proud of.