Rebecca was born on O’odham land in Arizona and grew up on the unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, also known as Chicago. Her maternal family is Ilokano and Pangasinense from San Carlos and Rosales, Pangasinan; her paternal family is German-Jewish. Rebecca is an artist and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sculpture at Hiroshima City University in Japan exploring her family genealogy, traditional relationships with plants and how people in diaspora relate to land. She has a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she also studied Ilokano. She loves Laing because she believes our languages hold one of the keys to help us reconnect us with our ancestors and their ways of being in the world.