Filipino American History Month is October in California

Once upon a time during undergrad, I wanted nothing to do with other Filipinos or Filipino-Americans. I just wanted to be who I was without racial politics. And yeah, I want that to some extent, the part where there's no politics or fighting.

However, a few history of consciousness classes, an Anthropology degree later, and finding a source of social connection, here I am blogging about "Filipino American History Month."

LA County officially declared October, Filipino American History Month.

In Long Beach, the main library will feature an exhibit on Filipinos in World War II.

Here's a list of events, particular to Long Beach:

1) A film about a popular hip-hop artist and how he uses hip-hop as a tool in activism.

Sounds of a New Hope
featuring Shining Sons & Krystle Tugadi
Tuesday October 12, 2010
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Cal State Long Beach
University Student Union
Beach Ballroom
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

From the website:

"Sounds of a New Hope" is a documentary film about the life of Filipino-American MC Kiwi and the growing use of hip-hop as an organizing tool in the people's movement for national liberation and democracy in the Philippines."


Book Talk, A 30-minute Movie and Book signing

Saturday, October 16, 2010
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Long Beach Main Library Conference Room

From the website:

There will be a 30-minute movie that will be shown about the Battle of Manila, made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps for release to movie theaters. It was believed that Gen MacArthur did not allow it to be shown publicly because the war had already ended by the time that the film was ready for showing, and thus, few people had actually seen it. It was hidden away in the National Archives until a researcher found it 5 or 6 years ago."

More events in Long Beach and LA:

Checking the Organizing Committee Page:

Our very own Leticia Montoya gets a shout out!

If I may make additional comments:

A mixed race Chinese-Jewish female who was an Asian-American Studies major at UCLA always made the point about how in ethnic studies discourses, while there was a lot of focus given to immigrants and their migrational histories, there was scant attention given to the children of those immigrants, the 2nd generation and beyond. Basically people like her and me.

Other than that film featuring a popular rapper in the Fil-Am community, it still seems like that's the paradigm. My devil's advocate response to her was that "our" generations are still too new and when we get into more influential positions, perhaps that focus will change as well.

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